You will gain-in depth knowledge about a range of perspectives on managing change including individual change, group dynamics, organisational-level change and a broader social view of change. Topics explored include the strategies of learning and talent development, theories of organisational change and design, and issues such as adaptability, resilience and critical leadership.
This MA is designed for both current HR professionals who want to progress and recent graduates looking for a career in this field. You can study flexibly and combine work with your studies.
The module will lay the foundations for the understanding of the wide range of ways that leadership, management and organisations have been conceptualised in the 21st century. It will critically explore the complex, multi-actor and multi-level context in which leaders and managers have to operate. Rooted in humanist pedagogy, the course will develop students understanding of how effective leaders are able to make-sense of complexity and also balance (broker) the many contradictions and tensions that arise with shifting patterns of governance.
This module will enable students to develop an enquiry based approach to leading and managing change in order to shape the nature and direction of any organisational change. The module will cover a range of classic and contemporary theories of organisational change and debate ideas at the frontier of knowledge around change that offer insights into the psychological impact of being in an organisation or a society that is in transition.
This module will introduce you to research as a process that involves a justified design as well as deliberate execution, presentation, and dissemination. You will learn about each stage of the research process, with emphasis placed on exploring the different enquiry paradigms and how these shape decisions on data collection and data analysis. You will also learn how to plan the production of your research output in the form of an extended academic paper.
The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of the contribution of learning and talent development policies and strategies, and to formulate and achieve objectives at individual, group and organisational levels especially in the situations of managing organisational change. The module will cover a wide array of theories and models on learning and talent development.
This module aims to enable learners to develop a critical understanding of the theories and historical development of the practice of organisation design and how it needs to capitalise on the ever-growing diversity inherent within its stakeholder populations and its workforce. Students will be encouraged to appreciate a systemic view of complex change and its implications for designing for adaptation, growth and renewal.
The module applies key concepts from Critical Management Studies (CMS) perspectives – such as identity, discourse and performance – to the study of leadership. It does so to provide students with resources with which to critically reflect on their prior experiences of leadership in organisational settings.
The module offers an insight into a new area of study and expertise to promote well-being and resilience in today’s complex and changing workplace. In a context of austerity and economic change, this course looks critically at individualistic models of ‘well-being’ or resilience at work and introduces a relational model of mental health. Using psychodynamic ideas it looks at systemic and organisational factors such as bullying and the impact on individual states of mind.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
This course provides an excellent base for any career involving people management. Our graduates have been taken on by various prestigious organisations including Charterhouse, Ernst and Young, AEG, Adobe, Hilton Hotels and PwC.
Start: October 2018, January 2019
Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
Start: October 2018, January 2019
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start: October 2018
Duration: 2 years part-time