You will develop your understanding of complex situations using robust tools from the traditions of systems practice to think strategically about change and uncertainty. The situations that you choose to work with in the module to develop your practice with systems tools can either derive from your existing, or aspiring, professional capacity or simply be of general interest to you. Although most of the work for this Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change module from The Open University UK can be done either online or offline, part of the module is presented exclusively online. You’ll be encouraged to use online forums to interact with other students in appreciating multiple perspectives, including your own.Vocational relevance
By studying the module you will be able to examine current 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 modern 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 where they are employed.
This module is ideal for those people who are in situations such as:
This 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, by providing practical and conceptual foundations for managing in the broadest sense.
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The Tools stream teaches five systems approaches. In each case you examine the ideas behind it, how to apply it and examples of its use combined with opportunities for you to practice hands-on experience in using it.
The five key approaches for systems practice are drawn from three philosophical traditions underpinning systems thinking - feedback, perspectives, and boundaries. The systems approaches are:
These five cover the fundamental concepts of systems thinking and the essential elements of the different perspectives across the main theoretical strands of systems thinking.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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