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Managing Systemic Change - Inquiry Action and Interaction, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Managing Systemic Change - Inquiry Action and Interaction programme offered by The Open University UK views change as inescapable in managing everyday situations ranging from personal to workplace to society in general. Rather than passively accepting change this module will equip you with skills to shape the nature and direction of change.

About

It will develop your abilities to manage change with others so as to avoid systemic failures and improve joined-up actions amongst stakeholders along supply chains, in projects or, even, social activism. It is about learning to use systems thinking in practice to help you engage with change and act accordingly to recognise the interconnected nature of organisations and environments. Most of the work for this module can be done either online or offline. You’ll be encouraged to use online forums to interact with other students in appreciating multiple perspectives, including your own.

By studying the Managing Systemic Change - Inquiry Action and Interaction programme offered by The Open University UK you will be able to take stock of your past experience, examine issues in your own working life, make sense of them using a range of innovative ideas, tools and techniques, and extend your competence as a professional. In our contemporary world, where all organisations face increasing uncertainty and complexity, the experience of our students is that successfully completing our systems modules not only benefits them personally but is of great benefit to the organisation in which they are employed.

The module will meet the needs of anyone engaged with taking action in situations that involve complex inter-connections, multiple stakeholder interests and have problematic boundaries. It will meet these needs by providing practical and conceptual foundations for managing in the broadest sense.

This module is ideal for those people who are in situations such as:

  • inspiring innovation and/or creativity
  • providing leadership
  • organisations where you have to work with others to get something done – particularly where you want to feel good about working together
  • positions where you have to work across boundaries (internal or external)
  • tasks involving professionals with different perspectives on issues e.g. groups of policy-makers and other practitioners; public sector agencies;  groups including business,  government and NGOs; health services; project teams, etc.
  • having to engage others in what you are doing (i.e. building stakeholding) either within or external to your organisation or project
  • those where you and others are uncertain about the nature of the problem and thus what would constitute a solution (i.e. dealing with wicked problems)
  • developing new policies that will affect a wide range of people
  • managing change of some form or another
  • project or programme development and/or delivery
  • participating in or managing multi, inter or transdisciplinary research
  • interdepartmental working parties, groups, committees
  • managing a staff team
  • policy development or implementation
  • working more effectively with your colleagues and communities in developing your practice.

From the module you will begin to appreciate the limitations of many current ways of thinking and learn how they can exacerbate complexity, creating unintended consequences that can lead to systemic failure. When you finish you should be able to think and act differently, not only as an individual but in your working with others. Your ability to work with others will be developed by understanding what social learning and communities of practice are, and how you can participate in, and contribute to, both.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

  • You will be introduced to 'systemic inquiry', which is an alternative way to organise programmes and projects, so as to be better able to manage the complexity and uncertainty associated with living in a world where complex and uncertain issues like adapting to climate-change and sustainability are increasingly important.
  • The world of the future will require more skills and understanding of flexible and adaptive managing – we will have to place more emphasis on learning as we go and making sure the learning changes our practice and organisations. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • There are no entry requirements, but we do assume that you have already done some study up to HNC, HND or bachelors degree level in a relevant subject area, or have equivalent experience from your employment.
  • Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study.

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