ASQ - Team and Workplace Excellence Forum

Online Edition — February 2003

In this Issue
Parents, Schools, and Values
Looking Toward the Future

Ask the PowerPhrase® Expert


AQP Connections
The Help Desk
Articles in Brief
News Bites
What’s Up?
Out of Context
Book Nook
February 2003 News for a Change—Home Page

NFC Index

AQP Home

What’s Up?
Interesting places to visit: on site or virtually


AQP’s 25th Annual Conference
The Association for Quality and Participation
February 24-26, 2003
New Orleans, LA

The keynote speakers for AQP’s 25th Annual Conference are:

  • Herman Cain: opening session on Monday, February 24, at 8:00 a.m. Topic: “Leadership Is Common Sense.”
  • Coach Herman Boone and Coach Bill Yoast: closing session on Wednesday, February 26, at 10:30 a.m. Topic: “Teamwork, Leadership, and Diversity.”

2003 Conference of the Association for Business Communication: The World Within the Words: Business Practice in Plain Language
Association for Business Communication (ABC)
April 3-5, 2003
Toronto, Canada

Language usage is at the heart of business activity, but as our economies face international, legal, and technological changes, the language of business gets very complicated. How can we improve communication among groups, organizations, and industries? What standards should companies use when they communicate with various stakeholders (customers, employees, investors, government, etc.)? How do industry and societal trends affect communication research, pedagogy, and practice? Papers, panels, and workshops will addresses current issues and practices in business and professional communication.

14th Annual ASQ Koalaty Kid Conference
American Society for Quality
April 6-8, 2003
Ottawa, Canada

The annual Koalaty Kid conference travels north to Ottawa and offers highlights such as:

  • All-day preconference training covering many continuous improvement initiatives in the world of education.
  • Local tours of K-12 schools using quality tools.
  • Informational breakout sessions on topics that appeal not only to educators, but also to parents and even businesspeople.

4th International Congress for Family and Human Systems Constellations: Passion and Responsibility in the Heart of Conflict
Institut für Systemaufstellungen Wuerzburg
April 30-May 3, 2003
Congress Centrum, Wuerzburg, Bavaria, Germany

Using constellations and methods from therapy, education, social life, conflict resolution, politics, and spiritual practice, this international congress attempts to enable participants to take on passionate responsibility for what is going on in the world, whether it affects their own most personal interests or transcends them, and whether it happens in Africa, North or South America, Australia, Asia, or Europe.


Web Sites

Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work

CREW, the Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work, is a research unit within the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Research at CREW focuses on the design of new organizations and the technologies of voice, data, and video communication that make them possible.

Center for Effective Organizations

Since its founding in 1979, the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California has conducted cutting-edge research on a broad range of organizational effectiveness issues. CEO has conducted research that influences how organizations are managed and also makes important contributions to academic research and theory. CEO’s pioneering research in the areas of organizational design and effectiveness has earned it an international reputation for research that bridges the gap between academic theory and management practice.

SeeIT (Social and Economic Explorations of Information Technology) Project

The SeeIT (Social and Economic Explorations of Information Technology) Project at MIT’s Sloan School of Management began in September 2000 and is a five-year multidisciplinary, longitudinal study of the effects of information technology on organizational and work practices. To ensure consistent and systematic data over time, they intend to focus research investigations in two primary areas—transformations in the nature of commerce and transformations in the nature of work.

The Center for Work, Technology, and Organization (WTO)

The Center for Work, Technology, and Organization (WTO) is a research center located within the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. WTO’s faculty, graduate students, and industrial research partners are committed to basic and applied research that will help organizations better understand how work is changing and how to design more effective organizations and technologies.

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