This short course is aimed at practising managers who want to consider their experience with a view to exploring organisational challenges that they may face relating to ethics, authenticity and responsibility.
The course incorporates action learning within small groups and an opportunity to shadow another course participant or business contact to observe their leadership practice.
The programme is made up of a five-day residential followed by participation in online action learning sets and topical discussions. These take place part-time over four weeks. The shadowing visits are arranged by the students themselves at times which suit them.
The blend of delivery methods ensures that participants are able to engage with the course in a flexible way, while learning in a trusted environment. The opportunity to observe, reflect and learn from fellow individuals and organisations adds a different perspective.
This innovative learning experience enables participants to develop reflective and critical thinking skills relating to their own leadership practice. These skills are then applied to the organisational context in which participants practice, enabling leaders to face the challenges of a complex and changing environment.
This short course for practising managers has three areas of focus: purpose, process and people.
The purpose strand focuses on strategies for growing a responsible business using the themes of business ethics, managing responsibly, global governance and sustainable development. It addresses the achievement of value growth for all stakeholders in a business enterprise by examining models and examples of business for the common good and the nature of responsible internationalisation.
The process aspect allows delegates to consider the critical challenges they may face when implementing new models and business processes in a supply network.
The people strand focuses on the human resource management aspect and how participants can build human capital in their organisations and stakeholder networks.
The ten-week programme is taught wholly through online learning. This ensures that participants are able to engage with the course in a flexible way, while learning in a trusted environment.
This course enables participants to develop critical thinking skills relating to their own organisational context. This knowledge is then applied in several key areas such as organisational growth and corporate responsibility, and how the areas of purpose, process and people interconnect.
In this module, you will examine the political and cultural factors which may affect an individual’s reaction to change. You will also learn about different methodologies for change management and aspects of leading people through change.
As well as examining the theory, you will also have the opportunity to reflect on and develop your own leadership skills.
This ten-week course is taught online, with students learning through webinars and discussions with their action learning sets.
Course participants will have the chance to apply their studies to situations in their own workplace and will work in pairs online to examine how they can manage and implement change.
By the end of the course, you will have developed your reflective, critical and analytical skills. You will have strengthened your dialogue, influencing and negotiation skills, and will be better able to lead change effectively and responsibly.
In addition, the course encourages self-awareness, and provides an environment for personal reflection and development.
This module looks at the key issue of sustainability, and explores how this can create a more balanced business model for the future.
You will consider a number of alternative business models to help you redesign an element of your own organisation, incorporating the principles of responsibility and sustainable development.
The course explores economic responsibility, financial sustainability, social responsibility, environmental safeguarding, and responsible business practice. Business modelling techniques will also be taught.
This ten-week course is taught entirely online, through a series of webinars, online lectures and through discussions in action learning sets.
This short course will provide you with an understanding of the issues around sustainable business and the skills to apply this knowledge to alternative business approaches.
This course introduces students to the GRLI and allows you to apply the Initiative’s ideas to your own context.
You will also be asked to scope out a project within your own organisation in which to implement some of the ideas.
This ten-week course is taught online, with students completing a series of tasks each week. You will also be able to discuss the ideas raised in the course with your Action Learning set.
This module will allow you to develop your critical and analytical skills. You will also develop your research skills, analysing information and evaluating its validity.
By the end of the course, you will also have gained an understanding of the GRLI and will learn how you can apply this knowledge to your own context.
This skills-based, practical short course gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned to a complex issue. The module integrates learning with real-world experience, allowing students to test new ways of working within an organisational setting.
You will undertake an online simulation in which you will work in a team to set up a virtual business. During the exercise, you will have to harmonise the interests of employees, customers, suppliers, the community and shareholders. You will then have to adjust your strategies to react to changes in the market, competition and any other developments.
The course is taught wholly online over six weeks. You will work with your teammates virtually via Marketplace live and WebEx and, part way through the course, you will give a presentation on the future strategy of your business via WebEx.
This module will enable you to put the models and theories you have learned about into practice. You will see how the different theories play out in the “real world” and experience the benefits and challenges of running a business in a responsible and ethical way.
The course will develop your critical and analytical skills, as well as testing your ability to operate in unpredictable situations.
This module allows you to put all you have learned into practice in an action-based project in your own organisation. Afterwards, you will produce a dissertation, reflecting on the project through the lens of academic theories.
If you are unable to carry out an action-based project, you may undertake a desk-based research project instead. This may also help you to develop specialist skills and knowledge in a specific area.
You will have 24 weeks to carry out your project and produce a 5,000-word write-up of the project and a 10,000-word dissertation. You will be supported throughout the project by your supervisor.
This module will allow you to consolidate what you have learned and apply it to a real-world project. You will see how your leadership practice impacts on team relationships. It will help you to build your confidence, while identifying your own leadership development goals, directions and priorities.
This module will give you the chance to visit an NGO which is working in a developing country and examine the business, economic and social life of the people there. You will gain an understanding of some of the particular problems of business and management in a developing economy, the significance of deregulation and liberalisation, and the problems and opportunities of international trade.
This course takes place over three months, with teaching taking place via online discussions and action learning.
You will also undertake a visit to the chosen country. (Note that the cost of the trip and any costs arising are to be covered by the student.)
This course will open your mind to different business and management contexts and their implications for global responsible leadership. By the end of the module, you will also have a deeper understanding of cultural diversity in management and business and an appreciation of the social and ethical issues that arise in international business.
This is your chance to investigate a topic of particular interest to you. Working together with the other members of your learning cell (typically between two and five people) and your tutor (who will supervise you), you will select a topic and carry out research.
Topics could be anything, from authentic leadership to supply chain and stakeholder management.
At each session you will present what you have learned to the other members of the cell.
Sessions take place online over five weeks. You will take part in ten two-hour learning cell discussions, as well as having ten hours of research support with your tutor.
This short course will help you develop your critical and analytical skills, and give you the opportunity to carry out primary research involving your own organisation.
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18-48 months, part-time
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