Executive Masters in Organisational Change – Programme details

The programme is studied part time over two years and is based around a series of six intensive workshops, five at Ashridge and one off-site workshop at Schumacher College, each lasting three and a half days. There is also a series of compulsory and optional webinars and online discussions.

The Executive Masters in Organisational Change uses Action Research as a core practice, which informs the structure, the learning process and the ways in which will conduct your individual work.

During this programme, you will develop skills that enable you to lead change and take effective action in complex systems.


Assessment is 100% assignment-based, which can be can be customised to your personal learning goals and situation. For this reason, if you are sponsored by your organisation, they may benefit from the consultancy work that you do for them through your assignments.

Programme Workshops

Module 1 - State of our world - challenges, trends and implications

During the first course we will discuss the main global challenges, socio/political, economic and environmental issues and recent disruptive technological breakthroughs that are shaping the territory of change. We will explore implications for you, your organisation and for the programme. You will also be introduced to Action Research, which is key to the program.

Module 2 - New perspectives on organisations

In course two, we will explore the contemporary ways of seeing the systems and paradigms that underpin our ways of responding to business issues. We will also discuss research in creativity, power and dialogue in organisations and how these impact how we understand strategy, innovation and change.

Module 3 - Leading change and innovation in complex systems

You will be given a set of practical tools during course three, to help lead change and innovation back in the workplace. These tools will be applied to a 'live case initiative' during the workshop, you will learn by doing and explore how you lead in uncertainty and complexity.

Module 4 - The nature of purpose and systemic change

Together we will explore how our relationship with society and the environment impacts our sense of purpose and understanding of systemic change. We will explore the practice of building a purposeful organisation and the implications of taking an ethical stance during business decision-making.  At the heart of this course is how nature can teach us to flourish.

Module 5 - Large group interventions

Working from a personal vision of change, we will look at how we can intervene complex, interconnected systems. We will discuss how we can lead culture change, social innovation and wider systemic change across organisations. We will draw lessons from international development to social entrepreneurship and the arts

Module 6 - The business of the future

In course six, we will look at how disruptive trends, technologies and alternative business models will affect the future of our organizations. We will explore the leadership practice of co-creating new futures and the dynamic capabilities required to be effective. This is also the moment for delving deeper into the business of your future as you move into the final phase of your project work.

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