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Organisation Design for UBER times

Structuring organisations in times of radical change


One day Seminar
16 November 2017
10 Bompas Hotel, Sandton | Johannesburg

“Doing business in Uber times” has become a metaphor for doing business in a digital world of algorithms, automation, artificial intelligence and non-stop disruption. Organisations everywhere are being forced to operate in a fast-changing, high-speed environment. Business models are being challenged and trusted values questioned. Worse still, operational margins are severely depressed.

Never before has organisation design been so important for businesses, HR and leaders. Demographic shifts, sustained market growth globalisation and cultural and generational differences are forcing organisations to re-think the way they engage with their people.

Why should you attend?

  • Learn how to anticipate mega-trends and changes
  • Understand the impact of robots and artificial intelligence on your organisation
  • Find out more about the benefits of effective organisational design
  • Design jobs, as well as organisation layers, that match best practice organisation design
  • Lessons on new operating models and the criteria for agile management
  • Understand what a high-performing organisation is (so you have something to aim for)

Join KR at this one-day Organisation Design for UBER times seminar to unpack these issues on 16 November 2017 in Johannesburg.


  • Organisational development managers/OD specialists/OD practitioners
  • Learning and development executives
  • HR directors/HR managers
  • Heads of training and development
  • Heads of strategy
  • Heads of human capital
  • Change managers/Organisational effectiveness managers
  • Industrial psychologists

For more information about the Seminar, please contact Katie van der Schyff on or +27 11 706 6009.




Welcome and registration


Chairperson welcome and intro


Organisation Design in the context of marching robots and job threats

Dr  Mark Bussin, Chairperson, 21 CenturyPaySolutions Group (
Author of Organisation Design for UBER times - Structuring organisations in times of radical change, Published by KR October 2017)


DNA for for organisations of the future

Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist, Strategic People Effectiveness Advisor Former Professor and HOD, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, Faculty of Management, University of Johannesburg. Currently Visiting Professor at same Department

10:45 – 11:00 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry

11:00 – 12:00

Work design – how to design the job, not too much and not too little

Lisa Ashton,
Managing Director, Bioss SA

12:00- 13:00

The future requires a new operating model - the virtual organisation

Sibongile Mogale, – CEO of QBIT Africa

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal

14:00 – 14:30

Join us for the launch of Dr Mark Bussin’s new book: Organisation Design for UBER times - Structuring organisations in times of radical change, Published by KR October 2017)

Organisation Design for Uber Times will give you the necessary ideas, insights and tools to design an optimal, agile organisation that will thrive and grow in volatile times.

14:30 – 15:30

What is a high performing organisation?

Juanita Evert
- Projects and Sustainability Manager, Imperial

15:30 - 15:45 AFTERNOON BREAK | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry

15:45- 16:15

BURNING ISSUES Discussion session: Organisational design for UBER times in your organisation PANEL:

Mark Bussin, Theo Veldsman, Juanita Evert

16:15- 16:30 Close of Seminar


Dr Mark Bussin, Chairperson, 21 Century Pay Solutions Group
Mark is the Chairperson of 21 Century Pay Solutions Group, a specialist remuneration and HR consultancy. He has HR and remuneration experience across all industry sectors, and is viewed as a thought leader in this arena. Mark had held global executive positions for several multinational organisations including mining, FMCG and financial services organisations. He serves on and advises numerous Boards, Audit and Remuneration Committees. Mark holds a Doctorate in Commerce. He has published or presented over 450 popular articles and papers and 30 peer reviewed journal articles. Mark is a guest lecturer at several universities and supervises Masters’ and Doctoral theses in the HR, Leadership and Reward area. He is past President of SARA (South African Reward Association) and a past Commissioner for the remuneration of Public Office Bearers in the Presidency. Mark tutors for WorldatWork globally. Mark enjoys flying Cessna’s and loves his family time.
Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist, Strategic People Effectiveness Advisor Former Professor and HOD, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, Faculty of Management, University of Johannesburg. Currently Visiting Professor at same Department
Theo is regarded as one of the thought leaders in South Africa with respect to people management and the psychology of work. He has demonstrated his ongoing ability to pro-actively identify emerging people and leadership needs and arrive at fit-for-purpose; innovative solutions that are simultaneously theoretically and practically sound. He has a proven ability to move seamlessly between theory and practice, and vice versa. He has led the profession of Psychology and Industrial Psychology nationally as President on several occasions. He has been awarded Fellowship status by the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of SA (SIOPSA). He was given an Award for Life Long Achievement by the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) in 2012.
Lisa Ashton, Managing Director, Bioss SA
Lisa holds an M.Com degree in Human Resources Management (Industrial Psychology) and is an Industrial psychologist. She has accumulated a wealth of consulting experience from a wide range of Human Resource and Organisational Change projects and interventions. Her areas of specialty include: Executive assessment; Succession Planning; Talent Management; Strategic Human Resource Planning and Coaching, she has a special interest in leadership and wisdom, women’s issues and diversity management. She firmly believes that leadership is about creating conditions for others to be successful. Lisa’s particular area of expertise is in the development of People Strategies to deliver on the Strategic Intent of organisations.
Juanita Evert - Projects and Sustainability Manager, Imperial Logistics
Juanita is a knowledgeable Project and Sustainability Senior Manager with twenty years’ experience in several areas of business. She has successfully concluded numerous information architecture cost reduction and sustainability optimization projects. Numerous of her completed projects were ground-breaking and innovative. Her fortes are, among others, human resources, sustainability management, sales and marketing, change management and a thorough understanding of information technology and its applications. She is currently studying towards her Masters in M Com Leadership in Performance and Change with her dissertation topic being performance management in warehousing and distribution organisations. Juanita is doing this with the supervision of Dr Mark Bussin.
Sibongile Mogale, CEO of QBIT Africa
Sibongile Mogale is the CEO for QBIT Africa – a business transformation consulting firm that focuses on enhancing business performance through smart, integrated solutions based on systemic thinking that integrates organisation, work and people data. Sibongile has worked for over 10 years’ experience as a business management consultant on a range of projects, and across geographies and industries. She has deep expertise in Operating Model development, Business Process Architecture Design, Organisation design, Job Architecture and Strategic Change Management. She has MA (Coursework) in Social Science, BA (Hons) in Social Sciences. She is currently finalising her studies in Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Her philosophy to working with clients who face business challenges, is to work with exceptional consultants who understand that every client has unique challenges that require viable, differentiated solutions, tailored-made to meet them where they are at. Only under these circumstances do we have a high probability of meaningful client engagements and solutions that are truly transformational.

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16 November 2017 - Organisation Design for UBER times
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