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Engaging with the Profession: Team Working in the Digital Age

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Time: 5.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Kingston Business School, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free
Speaker(s): Laura Keith, Michael Silverman, Graham Johnson

Engaging with the Profession: Team Working in the Digital Age

The Occupational and Business Psychology Engaging with the Profession quarterly networking and discussion series seeks to address key issues in our profession and provide a vital opportunity for discussion, development and networking to students and practitioners alike.

The first event in the 2017–2018 series is entitled ‘Team Working in the Digital Age'. The evening will explore advances in social and digital technologies and their role within organisations, with a particular focus on team working.  This promises to be an exciting evening with thought provoking presentations, followed by a Q&A session and ending with drinks, canapés and networking.


6.00pm: Networking, tea and coffee

6.30pm: Welcome and introduction

6.40pm: Speaker presentations and Q&A

8.00pm: Networking, drinks and canapés

Speaker and presentation details

Nicky Hemmings, lead psychologist, Soma Analytics

The event will be chaired by Nicky Hemmings who has a background in start-ups, technology and psychology.

As lead psychologist and researcher at Soma Analytics, Nicky works within virtual teams, across Europe, on the largest study of its kind to reduce workplace stress through app based technology. Nicky very much understands the importance of an excellent internet connection and could not possibly comment as to if she has Skyped in her PJ's.

Laura Keith, learning and development programme director, Hive Learning

Laura is the learning and development programme director for an agile start-up business Hive Learning.  Based in Hammersmith and launched by Sir Clive Woodward in 2013, Hive Learning is a collaborative learning app designed to make learning stick.

Laura graduated two years ago from Kingston University with a masters in Occupational Psychology and is excited to come back to share how she manages bringing psychological evidence and research to practice in a fast moving, dynamic market.

This session will provide an overview of the area of collaborative learning within organisations including:

  • Never Learn Alone: why collaborative learning is more powerful than learning on your own
  • How technology, specifically mobile, enhances this
  • Case studies
  • The challenges of bringing psychological research to practise in a fast changing, dynamic work environment

Michael Silverman, managing director of Silverman Research

Michael is managing director of Silverman Research. He is a psychologist and opinion research specialist, with a focus on social collective intelligence. He has worked in academia and commercial research as well as working in-house at Unilever as head of employee insight before establishing Silverman Research in 2010.

This session will provide an overview of the area of collective intelligence in organisations.

  • What is social collective intelligence and how is it being impacted by the rise of social and digital technologies
  • How organisations are developing and using collective intelligence tools to address a variety of business issues
  • Challenges to overcome in designing and using collective intelligence tools in an organisational context
  • Relevant case studies from Unilever illustrating the application of collective intelligence in organisations

Graham Johnson, manager – organisation transformation and talent, Deloitte

Graham is a manager in Deloitte's Human Capital practice, who specialises in the delivery of complex transformational change in the public sector. As part of his role, Graham also focuses on the impact of digital on people and organisations, and specifically the culture and behaviours that enable organisations to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by digital.

The session will explore how organisations are adapting to a digital world, covering:

  • What is digital and how is it impacting organisations
  • How are "digitally mature" organisations responding to this
  • What are cultural attributes that support digital adoption

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Taslim Tharani


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