This program was developed and is assessed by Ashridge Executive Education. It is awarded and quality assured by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Burlington, MA, USA.
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: 21-23 March 2018
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 1: 26 - 28 September 2018
Workshop 2: 23 - 25 January 2019
Workshop 3: 15 - 17 May 2019
Viva Workshop: 2- 4 October 2019
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: 22 - 24 January 2020
Workshop 5: 13 - 15 May 2020
Workshop 6: 8 - 10 July 2020
Workshop 7: 14 - 16 October 2020
Viva Workshop (Option 1): 3 - 5 February 2021
Viva Workshop (Option 2): 14 - 16 July 2021
September 2021 onwards will be completion of the writing up of your final thesis.