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Mike Thompson


Mike Thompson is a consultant with Headshift. He helps organisations deal with the human issues around collaborative technology: its design and its introduction into an organisation’s network of employees, partners and customers.

Before joining Headshift, Mike worked as a freelance web developer and designer, building custom web applications. During his MSc in Human-Computer Interaction at UCL he focused on collaboration software in organisations, people’s attitudes towards it and the effect it has on how individuals and groups get things done.

When not thinking about design and collaboration, Mike goes for long walks in the Kent countryside, plays the violin and sings.

Recent posts by Mike Thompson

  • The Future of Work and Social Business

    This Friday I’m going to be speaking as part of the Podio World Tour about the future of work and the Social Business. I’ll be drawing on recent ideas from people like Kevin Kelly, older work by people like Douglas McGregor and current work by Dave Gray to sketch a picture of the Social Business,… read full post

  • Nudge, motivation and the design of systems

    The concept of “nudge” seems to be trending in the public consciousness of the UK at the moment. But why do some people find it morally questionable? And how can it be used in the effective design of systems, processes and working practices? The idea of structuring situations so certain actions or choices are easier… read full post

  • Traffic in Cairo and enterprise 2.0 adoption

    I was at a workshop in Brussels last week discussing the [results]( of the first two phases of our European Commission [research project]( looking at the implications of Enterprise 2.0 for the European economy. The work that we did and the conversations we had during the day confirmed for me the complexity of the relationship… read full post

  • Creating a Typology of Enterprise 2.0 Use Cases

    This post was originally posted on the EC enterprise 2.0 project blog. I’ll admit that when I first read the term ‘typology’ in the EC’stender for this research project I wasn’t entirely sure what it meant.I knew it was something to do with organising things by type, butbeyond that I wasn’t sure. I looked it… read full post

  • Researching Enterprise 2.0 in the EU

    Enterprise 2.0 tools, platforms and services have the potential tomake companies more agile and competitive, reducing IT costs whilsthumanising business processes and structures. They represent animportant shift in the way that people in organisations work. Insteadof centralised, one-size-fits-all applications that emphasise processover people, enterprise 2.0 gives people the ability to collaborateflexibly around information and knowledge… read full post