Codurance Talks Episode 24 - Organisational Design and People Analytics


Dr Laura Weis is Chief Strategy Officer at Satalia, a company that specialises in data science, artificial intelligence, optimisation, machine learning and organisational design. Laura's work involves helping organisations better understand their people, processes and culture to create solutions to improve their business at any level.

In this episode of Codurance Talks, Laura talks to José Huerta, MD of Codurance Spain and himself an expert on organisational change management, about the fascinating domain of organisational design and social network analysis and its impact in the workplace.

During the conversation Laura and José discuss:

  • How to define what organisational design and network analysis is.

  • Why it is becoming increasingly relevant in decentralised, knowledge-based organisations.

  • The challenges of modern working practices, especially accelerated by Covid-19 restrictions.

  • The methods and tools that can be used to explore organisational situations and the application of social network analysis.

  • The art of understanding the insights and making data actionable.

  • A use case discussion based on Diversity & Inclusion - how can inclusion be measured in an organisation? How to understand if a D&I initiative has been effective?

  • The role of influencers on an organization's culture.

  • How to get started with your own program for change and improvement using these methods.

Additional resources to find out more:

Summary of the above below

More general literature on which Laura's thinking is based: 

  • Reinventing Organizations: An Illustrated Invitation to Join the Conversation on Next-Stage Organizations by Frederic Laloux and Etienne Appert 

  • Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal 

  • Freedom, Inc. by  Isaac Getz, Brian M. Carney

  • An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Lisa Laskow Lahey and Robert Kegan

Laura Weis, PhD is a Strategy Consultant with deep expertise in Organizational Design and Network Analysis, with a PhD in Business Psychology from UCL.  Find out more about her company Satalia here.