This module can  be taken as a Short Course for Credit.
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All applicants must have completed the Fundamentals of Systems Thinking module before undertaking the this course


Organisational agility and resilience are increasingly important for organisations to succeed in today’s turbulent business environment.

The key enablers for this are a good understanding of the organisational context, its stakeholders and nature of the organisational structure. Surrounding this is good systems leadership, requisite organisation for management, communication and collaboration across a range of capabilities and levels of work. The aim is to assess and manage the impact of people and systems leadership on an organisation’s agility and resilience.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • LocationOnline
  • Cost£1,490

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • The online study will build understanding of the concepts so that each student can develop a concept map for systems leadership as it relates to systems thinking and organisational structure and behaviour.
  • This concept map is then used to examine a case study from the systems leadership literature; developing a range of possible futures for this case, against which to establish principles, based on the module study areas, for organisational agility and resilience

  • Core content

    Topics covered include:

    • Assess the impact of management functions and structure on organisational agility and resilience.
    • Evaluate the concept of the learning organisation with respect to systems leadership challenges and development of strategy against possible futures.
    • Distinguish the different kinds of organisational barriers to systems leadership
    • Appraise stakeholder engagement approaches as part of an appreciative systems approach.
    • Apply methods for understanding organisational context and stakeholder engagement to a representative case study

    Upgrade to a professional qualification

    When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Systems Thinking Practice MSc

    Find out more about short course credit points.

    Who should attend

    The course is aimed at:

    • Systems Analysts and Engineers of all disciplines
    • Managers/decision makers/policy makers
    • Individuals who need critical thinking skills to achieve successful outcomes in a complex working environment.

    How to apply

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

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