This will introduce students to the disciplines of organisational behaviour applied to the defence sector, and to enable them to analyse the structure and culture of defence, to identify possible dysfunction or conflict, and to identify appropriate corrective action.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration3 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,050

What you will learn

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the disciplines of organisational behaviour, as they apply within the defence sector.

Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the available literature concerning group behaviours within the context of their implications,
  • Critically discuss a range of theories relating to the structure, culture and power relations.


Participants will be given the skills necessary to:

  • Assess the dynamics of a working group and its environment to inform their own input for the purposes of leading that group,
  • Analyse the structure and culture of defence, to identify possible dysfunction or conflict, and to identify appropriate corrective action,
  • Recognise organisational barriers to effective decision-making and planning in defence and devise techniques to overcome them.

Core content

  • The history and contemporary developments in the structure and organisation of defence in particular the MOD but also the defence supply base
  • The nature of groups, group performance and cohesiveness; situational factors in human behaviour
  • Organisational culture; power and resistance in organisations; organisational structures and design; organisational decision making.


  • The Module leader is supported by a range of guest lecturers who are leading thinkers or practitioners in their fields.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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