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Organisations are dead. Long live the network.

The latest seminar in the Little Heresies series, delivered by Stephen Lock, Head of Business Intelligence at NIHR Clinical Research Network

Date/Time: Thursday 19 October, 17:30

Venue: Partners' Room 8.10, Newcastle University Business School

Stephen will explore the idea that the networks are the future of public sector work and that traditional, hierarchical organisations have had their day. Drawing on his knowledge of healthcare & social networks, new technology, observations on the changing face of work, and a little pre-Colombian history, he will explore the idea that you only ever achieve things through your network of humans, some of whom just happen to have the same employer. In which case, if you want to be productive, perhaps you should just sneak off and hang out with your mates.  


Stephen Lock (@SGLocky) is an improvement expert with seventeen years experience in the healthcare and IT industries. Over the last ten years, working in research networks, he has developed many innovative and award winning ways of delivering clinical research to patients, including a pioneering use of social media marketing to help enroll patients into studies. 

Currently working as Head of Business Intelligence for NIHR CRN CC, where he has a national role in reporting and analysing research activity, Stephen is also member of the Accelerating Digital Programme, which aims to find digital ways to improve clinical research. Previous roles have seen him working as a network manager in the NIHR, leading turnaround projects for the NHS and developing user interfaces for Hewlett-Packard France.  

Stephen has also helped to establish a temporary English school on an island in Lake Titicaca, Peru, and served as a national ambassador for Sue Ryder, speaking on their behalf in parliament and at national political conferences. When he's not working, Stephen likes to be running across a fell or cycling across a dale.