Unit One: Provocation and enquiry (60 credits)
Dates: September 2018 – February 2019
Sprint One: Team working
- Collaborative teams: identifying their value, cultural capital and experience
- Tackles complex, multi-themed problems involving points of provocation
- Communications, problem definition, stakeholder analysis and action plan formulation.
Sprint Two: Systems, complexity and networks
- Practical systematic and holistic approaches to composite problem solving
- Basic systems concepts
- Principles of systems thinking, stakeholders, pluralism, critical systems, complexity, complex adaptive systems, agile working networks and network analysis.
Sprint Three: Business models and strategy
- Business model innovation and development
- Strategising networks of stakeholders, sustainability and ethical considerations
- Practice and process of strategic management.
Sprint Four: Finance and governance
- Resource management: governance; accounting; financing decisions; sustainability; ethics; alternative value systems; law and regulation
- Resource and planning
- Finance and management accounting techniques.
Sprint Five: Project
Working from both tutor- and student-led themes, contexts or questions, you will be tasked with self-organising and proposing an approach and/or set of responses which puts into practice the knowledge and skills developed in the earlier sprints.
Unit Two: Entrepreneurship in action (20 credits)
Dates: March – July, 2019
- Entrepreneurship: creativity, innovation and problem solving
- Value systems beyond economics
- Emergent approaches to venture design: Lean Startup, Design Thinking and Effectual Entrepreneurship
- Enterprise and entrepreneurship over the past three decades
- Practical experience applying these tools by iteratively designing a new start-up project.
Unit Three: Effecting change: Collaboration in practice (40 credits)
Dates: April – September 2019
Sprint One: Leadership and change
- Organisational behaviour
- Change Management
- Team Working
- Human resource development.
Sprint Two: Marketing, social media and analytics
- Marketing decision making in contemporary business
- Marketing strategies within the context of corporate objectives
- Technology, consumer decision making and marketing practice
- Exploring analytics and ‘big data’ strategies
- Strategic marketing, consumer behaviour, digital channels, social media and marketing metrics.
Sprint Three: Operations and technology
- Business processes, quality systems, risk management, production, ICT, and supply chain management
- Customer orientation and competitive advantage
- Strategic role of operations and operations strategy
- Design of processes and the implications for layout and flow
- Design and management of supply networks
- Resource planning and management
- Lean systems
- Quality planning and managing improvement.
Sprint 4: Project
Working in small groups and choosing a self-selected theme, context or question, you will tasked with self-organising and proposing an approach which draws on and puts into practice the knowledge and skills developed in earlier sprints.
Unit Four: Extended live project or dissertation (60 credits)
Dates: October 2019 – March 2020
This final unit acts as a culmination of your learning, and requires critical reflection on previously encountered theories, discourses, tools and process, while developing new approaches to social challenges and business/organisational opportunities.
You will test some of the ideas and knowledge by electing one of the two following options:
- Live Project: develop an individual practical project which revolves around the creation of an intervention, based on the theoretical approaches and practical tools and processes encountered earlier in the course. The project chosen can either be a real-world intervention, or can take the form of a detailed hypothetical proposal
- Dissertation: create a critical academic study based on in-depth, critical analysis of the theoretical principles and discourses of contemporary social challenges and business/organisational opportunities. These may encompass sociology and ethnography, economic and political theory, management and organisation theory, and other relevant fields of academic analysis and critique. You are encouraged to explore the boundaries of the disciplines concerned, and to identify new areas of research within a potentially expanded field of practice within business and organisations.