#12 – Problem Solving in Organizations, with Bart Vanderhaegen
In this episode of Do Explain, Christofer speaks with Bart Vanderhaegen about management consulting through a Popperian lens. They discuss workplace hierarchies and problems with the standard model, the importance of error-correction in organizations, distributed problem solving, organizational reductionism, cooperation, autonomy, internal vs. external motivation, the concept of flow, and other related topics.
Bart is a management consultant from Belgium. He studied physics at the University of Ghent, and obtained an MBA, before starting a career in management consulting. He has spent the last 20 years working with organisations on problems related to growth, performance and productivity.
Five years ago he founded his own company, Pactify, which is a new management approach for problem solving in organizations. The approach incorporates ideas from the epistemology of Karl Popper and David Deutsch as well as concepts of behaviour change like autonomy and flow. The essence of the approach is a process for increased and more distributed problem solving in organizations, thereby simultaneously driving both productivity and engagement in the organization.