Delivered at Masters level, this course examines the role of the internal consultant in the management and delivery of effective change within defence capability, focussing on the Defence Acquisition environment. In particular the course examines the role, responsibilities and relationships associated with the internal consultant in leading the design and implementation of organisational improvement strategies. Read more Read less

A key element of the course looks at the knowledge, skills and behaviour required from an effective Internal Consultant. Working within the defence strategic and political context is also discussed.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 27 - 30 Apr 2020
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750

Course structure

Lectures, practical exercises, case studies (comparing the management of change between the public and private sectors), discussion and group Presentations.

What you will learn

Managing Acquisition Change effectively and efficiently is the central tenet to the delivery of Defence Reform. An effective understanding of the knowledge, skills, tools, techniques and behaviours associated with the consultant/client relationship is central to successful delivery of change. This course is therefore relevant to all those working in defence acquisition, military, civilian, MoD and Industry who wish to develop their change management skills. Successful completion of this course and its associated assessment delivers either a Certificate or Diploma from the Institute of Management. 

The objective of this course is to provide our students with detailed understanding of the various aspects involved in managing acquisition change.

Core content

The course covers:

  • The strategic acquisition context
  • The role of the internal consultant/change leader
  • Building effective relationships
  • Identifying needs - organisational analysis
  • Organisational development tools and techniques
  • Strategic planning and strategy facilitation tools
  • Developing and justifying proposals
  • Implementing change
  • Large change programmes
  • Running workshops
  • Practical problem solving techniques.

Who should attend

Military and civilian personnel at all levels of management across the defence environment, including government and industry.


John McCormack - Module Leader 

Simon Renfrey

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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