Each module is taught over four days at The Shard, typically from Wednesday to Saturday.
The final component of your Executive Diploma is the individual project. The project is completed and submitted after the four core modules, though you will begin developing ideas for your project from the outset, as it is intended to be an integrating focus for your learning across the whole Diploma.
You will be required to complete written assignments after each module, plus a further strategic project on completion of your module teaching. All assignments are designed to be directly related to your own organisational context and challenges. In order to gain the qualification of Postgraduate Diploma awarded by the University of Warwick, you will need to attend all four taught modules, and pass the assessment in each module and your project.
22-25 March 2023
This Diploma commences with an exploration of the imperative for change in organisations today and why an understanding of the dynamics of change is critical for you as leader. You will understand how change occurs in organisations and individuals, group and organisational processes, that shape the human response to change.
You are encouraged to reflect on your role as change agent and in particular to consider your personal response to change. As a result of this module you will develop greater self-awareness and capacity for reflection in your role as a change agent within your organisation.
- Why is change important?
- How does change occur?
- How can I become a change agent?
17-20 May 2023
Strategic insight and vision is what ignites, and provides direction for, the forces of change within an organisation. This module will build on your existing knowledge and experience by introducing you to the latest thinking from the world of strategy, enabling you to challenge afresh the fundamentals of your business, robustly diagnose the need for change, and frame the change challenge.
You will develop an advanced understanding and in-depth insight into strategic thinking and practice and you will be supported to apply the theory and practice to your own organisation for the design and delivery of an effective change strategy.
- Explore cutting-edge strategic theory
- Apply this to your own organisation
- Diagnose your organisation’s change needs.
19-22 July 2023
During this module, you will build on the foundations laid down in the opening module by examining a range of theories and concepts including those concerning change leadership, human networks, planning, stakeholder analysis, and influence that will enable you to craft and implement effective change strategies.
This module integrates cutting-edge theory from a range of disciplines, including social psychology and organisation behaviour, in order for you to understand which techniques might prove successful where more traditional processes of change have failed. You will also critically reflect on your own change leadership style and capabilities and formulate a personal development plan.
- Critically reflect on your own change leadership style
- Craft a change strategy for your organisation
- Formulate a personal development plan.
This final module explores the challenge facing organisations today in responding to continuous and rapid change in their environment and increased uncertainty. You will examine new perspectives on organisational change and its implementation including emergent change, agile change, strategic design thinking, and the creation of organisations designed around continuous change.
Combined with your new strategic understanding, you will have the ongoing ability to critically analyse these approaches and their appropriateness in the context of the current and future needs of your organisation.
- Explore new perspectives on organisational change
- Critically analyse these new approaches in the context of your organisation
- Prepare yourself for continuous and rapid change.