Doctorate in Organisational Change – Programme detail

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This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by Ashridge Executive Education. It is awarded by and
quality assured by Middlesex University.

By the end of the programme, you should be able to:

  • Practise in your chosen field with a level of mastery appreciated by peers and clients
  • Critically evaluate and enhance your professional knowledge
  • Understand and convey ways in which knowledge is constructed in the social phenomenon of organisations and in the practice of consulting and how such knowledge is used to influence learning and organisational transformation
  • Appreciate and demonstrate the ethical aspects of influencing in organisational settings as they apply to the individuals engaged, the organisation involved and the wider contextual socio-ecological systems.

Engaging in inquiry

Developing inquiries and experience

Testing propositions

Module 1: Engaging in inquiry

This module provides an opportunity to develop ideas about an extended inquiry into your own practice, presented in the form of a Doctoral level dissertation.

By the end of the module you will be asked to present a paper and to a standard that demonstrates that you have the basis for Doctoral level research.

Action Inquiry workshop

During the Action Inquiry workshop you will meet your peers on the programme.  Supervision groups are formed and we explore the possibilities and responsibilities associated with belonging to community of learning and development.

This workshop provides a transition into the next phase of learning. During the workshop you will:

  • Present and work with others on proposed research questions and methodologies
  • Inquire into the research experience and perspectives of invited alumni and participants from other business schools. This results in a lively exchange of ideas and provides practical support.

Workshop dates: 22-24 March 2017

Module 2: Developing inquiries and presenting experience

This module consists of three 3-day workshops which combine group inquiries with particular aspects of consulting through relevant methodologies.

Your written work and overall progress will be reviewed in supervision groups. You will be equipped with an understanding of the area of inquiry, its content and the intended research methodology required to support your progress.

At the end of this module, if you are continuing onto the Doctoral stream, you will be asked to produce a transfer paper. If you choose to exit with an MProf qualification, you will present your Masters of Professional Development dissertation at this stage and have a final viva.

Workshop dates:

Workshop 1: 27 - 29 September 2017

Workshop 2: 24 - 26 January 2018

Workshop 3: 16 - 18 May 2018

Viva Workshop: 10 - 12 October 2018

Module 3: Testing propositions and formulating practical implications

Module 3 is dedicated to developing your research.  In particular you will articulate how your emerging propositions have the potential to contribute new knowledge and/or practice to your chosen field.  The module starts with four participant-led workshops, during which participants present and test their emerging propositions.  As before, the workshops include supervision group days.  At the end of this first phase you will be expected to produce a progression paper, which you will present to academic and practitioner peers at an interim viva.

The second part of this module is dedicated to writing up your final thesis. Supervision groups continue to meet and you will be supported by your supervisor throughout this module.


Workshop 4: 9 - 11 January 2019

Workshop 5: 1 - 3 May 2019

Workshop 6: 10 - 12 July 2019

Workshop 7: 16 - 18 October 2019

Viva Workshop (Option 1): 5 - 7 February 2020

Viva Workshop (Option 2): 15 - 17 July 2020

September 2020 onwards will be completion of the writing up of your final thesis.

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