Annual Conference 2018: HR's role in creating organisation agility: becoming change-smart in a fast-moving world

Thu 11 Oct 2018 09:30
Ambassadors Bloomsbury, 12 Upper Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0HX


In an increasingly complex, unpredictable operating environment, many organisations feel ill-equipped to act swiftly as both planned and unexpected situations arise.

There is an alternative: agile organisations. And the good news is; they can be built.

Agile, adaptive organisations are resilient, learning-orientated, change-ready and change-able. By attending the IES annual conference, you’ll benefit from practical experience of building an agile organisation, learning secrets from leading researchers and thoughtful practitioners.  

We know from research that strategic changes often fail to embed because of the people dimension, and that for effective transformation, the ‘new order’ needs to be accepted by employees at all levels. For a team that isn’t change-ready and fails to adapt, resistance can stop strategic objectives before they start.

Improving change capability is not just about great leadership, although developing leaders to rise to the challenge of building agility is an important factor. HR functions are central to creating the right conditions for change-readiness, considering learning implications, flexing policies and processes and the cultivation of a workplace culture where employees embrace change.

Organisations that fail to adapt are likely to fail. Are you ready to develop an agile approach for your organisation?

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Change topics we will cover include:

  • readiness;

  • capability;

  • culture;

  • leadership development;

  • transformation;

  • visioning; and

  • the role of HR.

How will you/your organisation benefit from this event?

In a fast-moving environment, organisations are facing change from all angles. Whether launching a full transformation programme and considering restructuring, introducing  technological advances or embedding new working practices.

The IES 2018 conference will inspire delegates with insights to develop an agile approach to better equip their own organisation for swift, effective responses to change – both pre-planned, and as it happens. 


Chair: Professor Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, IES

Fiona Butcher, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Ministry of Defence

Dr Alison Carter, Principal Research Fellow, IES

Dr Linda Holbeche, Adjunct Professor, Imperial College and Honorary Fellow, IES

Dr Wendy Hirsh, Principal Associate, IES

Dr David Pendleton, Professor in Leadership, Henley Business School

Event programme

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Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Ticket prices

HR Network member tickets (find out more):

Full member: Free
Associate member: Free
Flex member: £280 (+VAT)

Non-member tickets:

Non-member: £350 (+VAT)