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RELATIONAL COORDINATION is communicating and relating for the purpose of task integration - a powerful driver of performance when work is interdependent, uncertain and time constrained.  With the RC Survey, a valid and reliable measurement tool supported by our partner Relational Coordination Analytics, you can gain new insight into the dynamics that exist between individuals, groups and organizations - and begin to transform them.  When used for interventions, this measurement tool should be treated as one core element of a broader system, as shown in the Relational Model of Organizational Change, and with guidance from skilled practitioners.

RCRC’s mission is to transform relationships for high performance by helping organizations to build shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect across boundaries. We connect researchers and practitioners in an innovative, collaborative setting to develop and test new models of change. Together we help organizations transform the relational dynamics underlying their work processes and redesign their structures to support and sustain the new dynamics.

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Relational Coordination and Collaborative Knowledge Creation - Webinar by Visiting Scholar Harold Alvarez

August 27, 2014

Harold Alvarez Harold Alvarez, Naval Officer from Ecuador, is completing his PhD in the Department of Organization and Strategy at Maastricht University this Fall.  In September he will visit Brandeis University as an RCRC Visiting Scholar, and will give a webinar on September 19 summarizing his research on relational coordination and collaborative knowledge creation.  In many areas of work today, Alvarez points out:

"Knowledge workers no longer find themselves working alone or exclusively with members of their own knowledge specialization, but rather they interact with professionals from diverse disciplines and functional units to jointly create new or emergent knowledge to produce innovations. Under these circumstances, the dynamic relational process of collaborative knowledge creation might face specific challenges that may prevent the team from achieving the best possible results. Relational coordination is an emerging theory for understanding the relational dynamics underlying a work process. This research empirically investigates how relational coordination can enable the process of collaborative knowledge creation to flourish. Using a cross-sectional sample of 65 mid-level managers working in the pharmacy health care sector, we found that relational coordination among team members is positively related to a greater perceived overall fairness and high levels of dual allegiance. Additionally, teams with high levels of relational coordination exhibit greater equity of individual member’s contribution as well as a more symmetric information distribution." 

Relational Coordination in Practice - Ideas from Denmark and Sweden

By Jody Hoffer Gittell

May 15, 2014

I’ve just finished a 10 day visit with our Danish and Swedish colleagues – a rich experience! In Denmark we’re seeing relatively advanced uses of relational coordination in highly practical ways.  This is especially true in the municipalities where they are now responsible for healthcare in the community, behavioral health in the community, child care, K-12 education, after school activities, support for troubled families and children, employability support, immigrant integration, local culture and the physical infrastructure.  It’s a challenging job and they take it quite seriously.   As one municipal director said:  “We are close to the citizens and we are very practical.”

These municipalities are seeing a need for better coordination and a growing number are using RC concepts, measures and interventions to connect across their silos and with their citizens.  Last Tuesday, 750 people from Aarhus Kommune came to learn about relational coordination.  This week, over 150 change leaders from many of the Danish municipalities participated in a national RC Conference called Relational Coordination in Practice to share their current work with each other.  For some of their cool ideas - and more from Sweden - see here...

Reflections from Australia

By Jody Hoffer Gittell

April 14, 2014

Centre for Workplace Leadership

Flying home from Australia over the weekend I found myself reflecting on what I learned. Australia has enjoyed a vibrant economy for more than two decades, boosted by an influx of human capital through immigration, a mining boom, and a robust import-export sector fueled by the rapid economic growth of their Asian neighbors, especially China. Several decades ago Australians also put into place a set of policies to fund public hospitals and higher education and have established a wage structure with one of the highest minimum wages in the world, existing hand in hand with relatively low and stable rates of unemployment.

Still, at The Future of Work conference this past week, leaders from the Australian private and public sectors were calling for more – for better leadership, more collaboration, more workforce engagement and greater utilization of the talents of Australia’s diverse workforce. Australia like other countries still struggles with sexism, racism and ageism in the workplace as well as inherited bureaucratic structures. As Rosemary Kirkby said, “The easiest way to be fast on your feet is to make sure everyone has a voice – and I don’t mean a focus group – I mean built into the process.” 

This energetic, well-attended conference was hosted by the brand new national Centre for Workplace Leadership to advance its mission, which is simply “to create, source and share practical solutions that help you become a better leader and do things differently at work.”   We welcome the Centre – led by Peter Gahan and Sarah Fortuna – as our newest RCRC Organizational PartnerRead more...

Fall Roundtable 2014 To Be Hosted By Billings Clinic September 4-5th - Montana Here We Come!

By Jody Hoffer Gittell

March 3, 2014

Billings ClinicThe RCRC Fall Roundtable 2014 will be hosted by our colleagues at Billings Clinic in Montana, including Curt Lindberg, Bob Merchant, Dania Block, Elizabeth Ciemens, Carlos Arce and their CEO Nick Wolter.  We are thrilled to be convening at the Billings Clinic, where relational coordination is becoming an integral part of their approach to improving outcomes for patients and employees alike, starting in the Intensive Care Unit then extending to Orthopedics, Primary Care and beyond. 

We will convene for learning and sharing on September 4 and 5, starting with outdoor activities during the day on September 4, with a welcoming reception that evening, then a full day of sharing on September 5, with closing reflections ending at 5:00 pm. The program will be posted here shortly, along with the opportunity to register and save your spot.  We are limited to 100 registrants.

We chose early September to take full advantage of the natural beauty - from the Yellowstone River to the Bear Tooth Mountains to Yellowstone Park.  Natural beauty aside, Billings Clinic is a leading health system using relational coordination for organizational change, along with complexity science and positive deviance.  This Roundtable will be a chance to see first hand what they are doing, and to share the work you are doing.  See here for updates.

Creating Coherence - Leadership and Coordination Across Boundaries

By Jody Hoffer Gittell

March 3, 2014

Ninna Meier photoLast week Ninna Meier (Copenhagen Business School) and her colleagues from the Central Denmark Region presented their collaborative research and organizational development project, exploring the role of leadership and coordination in creating more coherent patient pathways across professional, organizational and geographical boundaries.  At Brandeis University where Ninna is an RCRC Visiting Scholar, they presented baseline data on health system functioning in Denmark and invited us to help as they began to consider possible interventions.

Baseline data included deep qualitative observations in an Emergency Department, Oncology Ward, and Internal Medicine Unit, while the second phase will include relational coordination survey data  - the strength of shared goals, shared knowledge, mutual respect, frequent, timely, accurate, problem-solving vs. blaming communication across roles, units and organizational boundaries - as additional input for intervention and change. One insight from the seminar was the need to better connect inpatient care with community-based care as the Danish municipalities strive to support health and wellness in the community.

Dr. Meier is a postdoctoral research fellow at Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and a Visiting Scholar with the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative at Brandeis University this year.  Ninna holds MS in Philosophy and Business Administration from the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Aarhus University focusing on Health Organization and Management.

Soft Side? Integrating Relational Coordination and Lean at Group Health

By Jody Hoffer Gittell

December 8, 2013

group health dinner

In early December, Signe Peterson Flieger and I journeyed out to Seattle to work with our colleagues at Group Health on integrating relational coordination and lean into a coherent methodology for organizational transformation.  We were inspired by early pioneers like Earll Murman (MIT) and Walter Lowell (Maine Dept. of Health and Human Services) who refer to relational coordination as "the soft side of lean" and by colleagues like Dale Collins Vidal (Dartmouth-Hitchcock) and Margie Godfrey (Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy) who point out that relational coordination is actually quite hard in the sense of being both measurable and challenging to achieve.

Guided by Diane Rawlins (InsideOut Consulting and RCRC Partner) and Kim Demacedo (Group Health lean consultant), we spent 1.5 days building an integrated RC/lean approach with Group Health leaders Claire Trescott, Barbara Trehearne, Erika Fox, Michael Parchman, Rob Reid, Alicia Eng, Linda Boatman, Janice Wharton, Karen Severson and Thomas Nielsen.  We discovered that RC and lean have some common underlying principles including systems thinking and attentiveness to relational dynamics such as problem solving rather than blaming communication and respect for people.

The immediate task was to combine relational coordination methods with lean methods as part of Group Health's evolution from Medical Home 1.0 to 2.0.  We hope what we learn will have far-reaching implications for healthcare systems around the world, and will help us to further flesh out the Relational Model of Organizational Change.  We will be eager to share this integrated RC/lean methodology as it evolves - so stay posted and share your comments here!

Just Back from Denmark - Health and Wellness a Community Responsibility?

By Jody Hoffer Gittell

November 16, 2013

Flying home from Denmark I wanted to share some thoughts about health and wellness in the community. I visited several more municipalities, where much of the health and wellness work is now happening in Denmark. Max Kruse Director of Varde Municipality explained:

“With the healthcare revolution in Denmark we set up a clear separation of duties between regions and municipalities. We formed 5 regions for health and psychiatric care and 95 municipalities who are responsible for before citizens get sick and after they are out of hospital. Now municipalities pay 20% of the costs whenever our citizens go into the hospital or visit a doctor. Because of the 20% and because of our citizens, we have incentives to take care of our duties. Continue reading and join the conversation!

Reflections on the Fall Roundtable in Berkeley

By Jody Hoffer Gittell

October 22, 2013

Host Committee

We just spent a rewarding two days sharing our experiences with advancing the practice of relational coordination to achieve high performance. It was the third annual RCRC Roundtable, held at the University of California Berkeley. At the end one person observed, "I've never seen people at a conference listening so intently to each other!" The sense of connection was palpable - which was remarkable given that many were meeting for the first time. For the Roundtable booklet with its summary of activities and participants, see here.

Steve Shortell of UC Berkeley started us off by sharing recent data regarding the multiple levels - micro, meso and macro - at which relational coordination is needed to achieve the goals of accountable care. We realized through sharing that while people often see the need for it at their own level, they often see people at the other levels as obstacles to their work rather than as partners. Top management often sees the front line as failing to understand its need to build relational coordination at the macro system level while the front line sees top management as being unreceptive to the need to build and support relational coordination at the micro system level. Could the concepts of RC - shared goals, shared knowledge, mutual respect supporting frequent, timely, accurate, problem-solving communication - help us to connect conversations across these levels to build systems thinking?

We also explored:

  • Unfreezing deeply entrenched professional roles and identities to build new ways of working together and how RC concepts can help to jump start the necessary conversations
  • Including the patient, family and community on the team to co-produce desired outcomes including health and wellness - and new ways to assess and strengthen their inclusion
  • Combining relational coordination with lean methods - this lively group figured out how to layer RC metrics onto work process maps to gain greater insight and avoid purely mechanistic approaches to lean
  • Building RC metrics into our dashboards to gain ongoing visibility into the powerful dynamics of RC to inform our decisions and improvement efforts - this group also considered how the design of EHRs can foster or undermine the development of relational coordination across boundaries
  • Identifying methods for developing leaders who are able to support relational coordination through systems thinking and humble inquiry
  • Formation of an RC Learning Network with several leading health systems - a conversation that will continue in the aftermath of the Roundtable

Edgar Schein, MIT Sloan School, concluded the Roundtable with a reflection on the importance of doing interventions that are attentive to the needs of the participants, not allowing the ethic of "pure research" to override the ethic of helping. He also provided us with a deep dive into theories of organizational change, showing how these theories of change are needed to inform the practice of relational coordination.

I want to express deep gratitude to all the participants who made this Roundtable one of the best moments I have experienced in the journey we are on. And I send my gratitude to the host committee - Thomas Huber of Quantros, Kathy McDonald of Stanford, Terry Hill of Hill Physicians Group, Dominick Frosch of the Moore Foundation, Barbara Belk of Kaiser Permanente - whose energy and ideas and leadership made this possible. I also thank the RCRC team who worked and strategized since the spring to support the host committee - Debbie DeWolfe, Anna Perlmutter and Joanne Beswick. Their efforts were tireless and good spirited with much creative problem solving. A true example of relational coordination at work.

We are all grateful to UC Berkeley for hosting us on its lovely campus on a lovely Fall weekend - and to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for its financial support.

I will conclude by reflecting back and thanking the visionaries who originally saw the potential for RC to become more than a research tool and more than an academic theory. They recognized RC as a way to foster behavior change and system change and they encouraged me to form the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative. They are Dale Collins Vidal from Dartmouth, Thomas Huber from Quantros, Ken Milne from Salus Global, Nancy Whitelaw from Salus Global, Stan Wallack from Brandeis, Kathy McDonald from Stanford, Gene Beyt from Brandeis, and Tony Suchman from McArdle Ramerman Center. They have been visionary leaders building a network that seems to grow each day.

And I especially want to thank the partners of the RCRC - our organizational partners, our research center partners, our professional partners, and our student and faculty partners. You are the RCRC and you have made it into a community. We look forward to the continued journey and we welcome others to participate!  Please feel free to comment!

Ed Schein Speaks About His Newly-Released Book – Humble Inquiry

By William Brandel

September 3, 2013

Humble InquiryFrank and thoughtful as always, Dr. Schein shares his motivations for writing a new book on the art of humble inquiry – and its essential role for supporting relational coordination and teaming – Humble Inquiry: On the Gentle Art of Asking Rather than Telling. This exclusive interview was conducted by Bill Brandel of Brandeis University and the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative.  Continue reading and join the conversation!

Relational Coordination and Social Construction in Berlin – and Launching the RCRC Learning Center!

By Jody Hoffer Gittell

July 8, 2013

Taos InstituteJust returned from The Summer Institute in Berlin co-hosted by the Taos Institute, a community of social construction practitioners, and Ramboll Attractor, a European management consulting firm. In its fifth year the Summer Institute brought together 250 people mostly from around Europe, especially Scandinavia, to explore social construction and systemic thinking in the transformation of people and organizations. There was much attention to connections between mind, body and spirit through conversation, singing and visual representations, as well as excellent workshops on relational leadership and more.  Continue reading and join the conversation!

Relational Approaches to Safety

By Jody Hoffer Gittell

June 27, 2013

JodyI just returned from Switzerland and a conference called “Safety Management in Context,” hosted by Gudela Grote (ETH Zurich) and John Carroll (MIT Sloan School of Management), about 75 people were invited from around the world to identify principles of safety management by comparing our experiences across countries and across industries.  Continue reading and join the conversation!

Reflections on Relational Coordination Following the Colloquium

June 3, 2013

2013 ColloquiumConversations, connections, questions and insights – these were the outcomes of our very first Research Colloquium hosted last week at Brandeis University. Having set a limit of 55 participants, we exceeded that limit before early registration had even ended, and decided to accommodate 75 participants from all across the US — Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, West Coast and Northwest — as well as Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and the UK.  Continue reading and join the conversation!

Interview with Amy C. Edmondson, Author of “Teaming” by William Brandel, RCRC, Brandeis University

By William Brandel

February 13, 2013


Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School. Edmondson’s research examines leadership, learning and innovation in teams and organizations, and has been published in numerous academic and managerial articles. Organizations, Edmondson argues, thrive based on how well small groups – teams – within organizations work with each other. The pace and breadth of change in today’s world demands leaders who can create an environment where individuals can team, and teams can succeed. Edmondson spoke to RCRC about her book, and about what teaming means for relational coordination and healthcare.  Continue reading and join the conversation!

Greetings from Palo Alto and News from the RCRC

By Jody Hoffer Gittell

April 28, 2013

Palo AltoJust arrived in Palo Alto last night, to speak at the Stanford Compassion and Business Conference on Tuesday. I’ll describe how relationships of shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect foster attentiveness to the situation and to one another – contributing to outcomes of quality, efficiency and well-being – and how organizational structures can be designed to support the scalability, replicability and sustainability of these relationships and outcomes. Other presenters are academic colleagues from U Penn, Stanford, Michigan and beyond, as well as business leaders who are working to put these principles into practice. I’m particularly thrilled to be joined by fellow members of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship including Sally Maitliss, Adam Grant, Kim Cameron and Monica Worline.  Continue reading and join the conversation!

Reflections from the RCRC Community on Epic Systems and Other EHRs

By Jody Hoffer Gittell

March 20, 2013


I was in Madison last week to speak at the University of Wisconsin School of Business, hosted by friend and fellow MIT grad Chip Hunter who is now a dean there. Led by Chip’s colleague Mark Covaleski, we were invited to spend much of the day with Epic Systems — soon to be the largest EHR vendor in the US it would seem based on current trends — they serve several of RCRC’s partners and clients including Dartmouth, Kaiser, Group Health and most recently Partners Healthcare.  Continue reading and join the conversation!

Understanding and Creating Caring and Compassionate Organizations

By Anna Perlmutter

January 28, 2013


In October 2012 Jody Hoffer Gittell and Anne Douglass’ article, “Relational Bureaucracy: Structuring Reciprocal Relationships into Roles,” was published in a special issue of the Academy of Management Review, dedicated to the subject of care and compassion in organizations. This month, the Academy of Management features a panel discussion among several editors and authors who contributed their unique perspectives and expertise to that October special issue. The forum, titled “Understanding and Creating Caring and Compassionate Organizations,” is devoted to the challenge of integrating care and compassion into the core values of organizational management.  Continue reading and join the conversation!

Danish article from Lederweb “Coordinate Work Together – And Create Collaboration”

By Frida Louise Irhoj Damhus

January 3, 2013

Danish Regions

Relations are important to daily work, whether related to management related contacts, internal group relations, or the relation to other departments, according to Frida Louise Irhøj Damhus of the Danish organization, Lederweb. Read her interview with professor and award-winning author Jody Hoffer Gittell during her visit to Copenhagen in September 2012. (translated from Danish by Thim Prætorius).  Continue reading and join the conversation!

Browse the RCRC Blog for the latest news and reflections from the RCRC Community.  Contribute to the ongoing dialog!

Fall Roundtable

RCRC Events

Thursday, September 4 - Friday, September 5, 2014

RCRC Roundtable - Big Thinking in the Big Sky - Advancing the Practice of Relational Coordination

We invite you to join us for two highly interactive days at the RCRC Roundtable "Big Thinking in the Big Sky - Advancing the Practice of Relational Coordination" with four great speakers to spark our thinking and discussion - PJ Lamberson (Northwestern University) "Insights from Networks and Complexity Science," Edgar Schein(MIT Sloan School of Management, by video) "Welcome and Reflections on RC Interventions," Marjorie Godfrey (The Dartmouth Institute) "Scaling Relational Coordination Through Coaching and Leadership Development," and Tony Suchman (Relationship Centered Health Care) "Advancing the Practice of Relational Coordination - Next Steps."  Full program and registration here.
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Contact Debbie DeWolfe at

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Transforming Relationships for High Performance - Workshop for Swedish Healthcare Organization

This one-day workshop for a Swedish healthcare organization will introduce the concept of relational coordination, its performance effects and the organizational practices that support it.  We will engage in relational mapping as a first step toward diagnosing the existing patterns, and to identify opportunities for transformational change.  Led by Anders Risling in partnership with Jody Hoffer Gittell (RCRC, Brandeis University).

Friday, September 12, 2014

Relational Coordination - A New Way to Develop Organizations and Professional Cooperation in Sweden

Held in Stockholm, this event will introduce relational coordination to the Swedish organizational change community.  Relational coordination will be presented by Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell as a quite new way to develop organizations and professional cooperation. Anders Risling invites colleagues and leaders to a workshop to explore the relational coordination approach which is evidence-based and grounded in an empirical instrument that measures the cooperation between different parts of an organization.  Capacity for 40 people only, creating a space for deep conversation.

Contact Anders Risling at

Friday, September 19, 2014

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Student Partner Research Seminar - Relational Coordination and Collaborative Knowledge Sharing

Join us for a Student Partner Research Seminar by doctoral student Harold Alvarez (Maastricht University), facilitated by Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell (RCRC/Brandeis University).  These seminars are held quarterly, featuring a Student Partner who is at early, middle or late stages of his or her dissertation research. Seminars are held by conference call, and begin with check in and greetings. The final 30 minutes will be open to Student Partners only, and dedicated to questions that students may raise to get feedback on their own work. All RCRC Partners will receive invitations to connect.  See here for more information about the topic of this seminar, and for additional seminars offered this Fall.

Contact Debbie DeWolfe at


Saturday, September 20 - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Coordinating Care in ACOs - The Role of Relational Coordination - at National Association of Accountable Care Organizations

To meet challenging cost and quality targets, ACO's are seeking to coordinate care more effectively between professions, between organizations, and with patients and families.  At the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations in Washington DC this September, Jody Hoffer Gittell (RCRC, Brandeis University) and Curt Lindberg (Billings Clinic, Complexity Partners) will describe how relational coordination works as a methodology for organizational change in airlines and healthcare systems.  To illustrate, we will share current efforts at Billings Clinic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Group Health, and in Denmark. At the Capitol Hilton, 1001 16th St.

Contact David Introcaso at

Thursday, October 2 - Friday, October 3, 2014

The Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy Fall Retreat

Join with interprofessional colleagues from around the world to share experiences and knowledge from adapting and applying clinical microsystem theory and coaching in a variety of contexts to improve the value of health care while increasing vitality at the front lines of health care delivery.  This will be a highly interactive meeting with lots of networking opportunities and sharing of experiences leading, coaching and helping improvement in health care. The retreat will include presentations, poster sessions, moderated discussion groups, individual connections and large group sharing.  Hosted by the Dartmouth Microsystem Academy, this Fall Retreat will be held at the Hanover Inn in Hanover, NH.  
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Contact Patricia Loven at

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Thursday, October 23 - Sunday, October 26, 2014

Leading Organizations to Health - A Program on How to Lead Change in Healthcare

No sooner do people learn about relational coordination – how workgroup interactions impact performance – than they want to know how to foster organizational change to help the members of their teams or organizations work together better.  Where can you learn that?  One place is Leading Organizations to Health, a 10-month program on leading change in healthcare.  LOH will prepare you with leading edge, practical theories (Relational Coordination, Adaptive Leadership, and other theories from management, positive psychology complexity and adult development), advanced facilitation and communication skills and personal reflection to cultivate the kind of authentic and courageous presence that inspires followership.  Led by Anthony L. Suchman, MD, MA and Diane Rawlins, MA, LMHC.
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Contact Peg Mercier at

Friday, October 24, 2014

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Student Partner Research Seminar - Promoting Human Dignity in Organizational Life: A Case Study of Hagar International

Join us for a Student Partner Research Seminar by doctoral candidate Delia Mannen (ESADE Business School), followed by commentary from Professor John Paul Stephens (Case Western Reserve University) and facilitated by Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell (RCRC/Brandeis University).  These seminars are held quarterly, featuring a Student Partner who is at early, middle or late stages of his or her dissertation research. Seminars are held by conference call, and begin with check in and greetings. The final 30 minutes will be open to Student Partners only, and dedicated to questions that students may want to raise to get feedback on their own work. All RCRC Partners will receive invitations to connect by WebEx. If you are not already a partner and wish to be, we invite you to sign up now.

Contact Debbie DeWolfe at


Thursday, November 6 - Friday, November 7, 2014

Interventional Uses of the Relational Coordination Survey - A Workshop

These workshops will be offered to colleagues from University of Washington, Group Health and Virginia Mason Health System.  Tony Suchman and Jody Hoffer Gittell lead Part 1, focusing on how to use the Relational Coordination Survey as part of interventions to improve work processes and collaboration across the continuum from small co-­located work groups to virtual teams to whole organizations and inter-organizational consortia. Gittell will lead Part 2, focusing on how leaders can support the development of relational coordination through relational leadership and high performance work systems. 
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Contact Peg Mercier at

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Introducing RC to Malmo Sweden

Please stay posted for further information!

Contact Carsten Hornstrup at

Monday, December 15, 2014

Relational Coordination for High Performance - Tufts School of Medicine Physician Executive Education

Coordination is a challenge in any industry, but particularly in healthcare. Healthcare is complex, with high levels of specialization that are driven – perhaps inevitably - by the complexity of the human body, the human mind, and the social world in which we live. The complexity and fragmentation of healthcare make coordination exceedingly difficult. Even within the hospital setting, where resources presumably are brought together to improve the coordination of their deployment, the responsibility for coordination often falls to the patient and his or her family members.  This session will be led by Jody Hoffer Gittell (RCRC, Brandeis University) for the Physician Executive Leadership program at Tufts Medical School, organized by Brandeis professor Jon Chilingerian.
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Contact Linda Purrini at

Monday, February 23 - Friday, February 27, 2015

Microsystem Festival in Sweden

Join us for the 12th festival celebrating Microsystem thinking! The Microsystem Festival has grown into an arena and venue for those developing and improving health care. At the Festival, you will meet new-thinkers in health care. People who question old thoughts and are courageous to try new things. You will meet practitioners, theorists, authors, researchers, that above all, are convinced that the main source for change is within our own mind. In order to find new solutions we need to look at the existing problems with new eyes. By meeting and sharing perspectives with others, this is made possible.

Contact Patricia Loven at

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Relational Coordination to Improve the Service Performance of Dental Practices

This workshop will be featured at the annual meeting of the American Dental Partners.  Stay posted for more information!

Contact Saleema Moore at

Thursday, March 12 - Friday, March 13, 2015

Maine Physicians Workshop - Building Relational Coordination for High Performance

In this workshop we will explore the concept of relational coordination – coordinating work through shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect. We review findings regarding the impact of relational coordination on quality and efficiency performance, and on job satisfaction. Participants will be introduced to the high performance work practices that build relational coordination in healthcare organizations, for example hiring for teamwork and resolving conflicts proactively. We will discuss the challenges of implementing these high performance work practices in your own organization.
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Contact Linda Purrini at

Thursday, March 19 - Friday, March 20, 2015

Next RC Intervention Training Workshop in Chicago!

We will address 1) how to learn about the local context and identify the focal work process using relational mapping and other methods, 2) how to engage participants in measurement, 3) how to use the survey results to prompt reflection and learning, 4) how to engage participants in intervention design, and 5) how to conduct the overall intervention in a way that is consistent with the principles of relational coordination.  The workshop consists of independent self-study modules, an experiential 1.5 day course, and an individual one hour consultation on the design of a specific change project.  Further information is available here.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Relational Coordination and Interprofessional Education - Workshop at Metropolitcan City College

This Learning Conference in Copenhagen will feature a keynote address by Jody Hoffer Gittell (RCRC, Brandeis University) on the topic of relational coordination and interprofessional education - followed by workshops that explore this topic further.   The conference, which typically attracts 450 participants, is for all health care professionals.  The aim is to dig into the concept of learning across disciplines and professions as well as across departments and hospitals and municipalities.

Contact Lene Soerensen at

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