Luis Schoeberl, Effects of IT inherited schemas on innovation
Luis Schoeberl is a Conference Interpreter. He has been working more than twenty-five years for the EU Commission, acquiring a large experience in EU and International Bodies. Since 2000, he developed a special interest in Knowledge Management, and the role of interpreters in sense-making within intercultural sets (EU meetings). Luis Schoeberl completed a MBA with the Open University Business School in 2005, and various courses in Human Resource Management and Audit, as well as in Protégé and Linked Data (semantic web). In 2019, he started the Post-graduate “School of Thinking” with the VUB. This seminar is intended to present the outline of a paper on factors that might be hindering the path to a more efficient interpretation service able to respond flexibly to the new environment (Global English) and to new specialisations of meetings. Based on a business analysis of the organisation and from a cognitive perspective, the theory is that the organisation is still rooted on schemas put in place by previous generations of Interpreters/Managers that command how meeting interpretation is provided and “how things are done over here”. These schemas have been locked into place by a twenty-year old IT environment, that was set up with the “problem” rather than the solution in mind, that maintains and reinforces inherited schemas in a sort of cognitive symbiosis. The objective of the seminar is to discuss the validity of the theory and how best to effect change in agents with multiple career and organisational goals in an environment that rewards deeply-set world-views. This seminar is also part of a task carried out in the framework of the School of Thinking curriculum.