This module can  be taken as a Short Course for Credit.
Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

All applicants must have completed the Fundamentals of Systems Thinking module before undertaking the this course


Fundamental to enterprise resilience and sustainability are their inherent governance and structures. These will vary according to the enterprise; its strategy, culture, scale and governance structure (commercial, Not-for-profit, government, etc.). Not only does an enterprise require a relevant and effective method of governance, an appropriate variety of process, procedures, skills and competences are also essential.

This module introduces additional ways of thinking (including Morgan’s Images of Organisation, and Emery and Trist’s Causal texture) together with the application of selected methods and tools relevant to enterprise organisation

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 14 Oct - 13 Dec 2024
    • 29 Sep - 28 Nov 2025
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 

What you will learn

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

  • Determine the relationship between an organisation and its environment
  • Explain the levels of development and learning within an organisation with regard to its environment, including its hierarchy of purpose and decision-making
  • Describe the impact the requirement of resilience places on an organisation and judge the role of the individual in achieving it
  • Evaluate methods for measuring the variety within an organisation
  • Apply a range of systems methods to organisational design

  • Core content

    Topics covered include:

    • Requisite organisations
    • VSM
    • Cybernetics
    • Hierarchy of purpose

    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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