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special addition to sociotech lectures - June 27th


Westminster Business School, Marylebone Road,
(Opp. Baker Street Station, and Mme Tussauds)

Time: 6pm - 8.00pm. Cost: Free. All welcome! Especially PG students.
Room: HRM215. Tea/Coffee/Biscuits available.
Directions from Security
Registration required - please email Elayne on coakese@wmin.ac.uk - places
limited.
Past lectures on http://users.wmin.ac.uk/~coakese

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June 27th - special addition
Knowledge Ecosystems: - Confronting Hyper-turbulent Environments
David Bray
 Emory University - Department of Decision & Information Analysis - USA

Hyper-turbulent environments examples include 9/11, the anthrax events of 2001,
and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Organizations such as those involved with intelligence gathering and public
health emergency response, including the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, must confront such seemingly chaotic environments.
Organizations like the CIA and CDC may represent the future of business. They
are comprised of globally distributed individuals who must exchange
time-sensitive knowledge to deal with these hyper-turbulent environments and to
increase organizational adaptedness, and thus survivability.
Knowledge may rapidly lose its relevance due to these hyper-turbulent
environments involving rapid changes in human systems. Compared to ordinary
turbulent environments, hyper-turbulent environments require greater
inter-individual knowledge exchanges to permit adaptation.

David A. Bray received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study as a Visiting
Fellow at Oxford University's Internet Institute in 2007, researching
inter-organizational management of government services through information
systems, focused specifically on national security and public health.
Prior to academia, David served for 5 years as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism
Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). He led the technology aspects of the program during the
response to 9/11, anthrax in 2001, West Nile Virus, SARS and monkeypox in 2003,
influenza, and other major outbreaks. He received the CDC Director's Award for
Information Services in 2004 and subsequently was promoted to Associate
Director of Informatics. Prior to CDC, David worked as a senior developer and
project manager for Microsoft, Yahoo!, the Institute for Defense Analyses, and
the National Institutes of Health.

David's working papers are available on SSRN, http://ssrn.com/author=745562
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9th Annual Series
October 17th

Gavin Butler
University of Westminster
Risk Modelling: the impact on Business Continuity

Elayne Coakes (Dr)
Senior Lecturer in Business Information Management
Westminster Business School
Room CG70
+44(0)207 911 5000 x3338
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