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.
31 August - 3 September 2022
The opening module views strategy from the perspective of strategic decision-making within the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment in which all organisations are now operating. This dynamic environment makes the process of strategy development more important but also more challenging than ever, with significant rewards for organisations that address the need for greater agility and strategic capabilities
At the end of this opening module you will be able to undertake an integrated and robust appraisal of the strategic choices your organisation has today, in order for you to play a full role in setting its direction for long-term success.
Key learning points:
- Learn how to assess a VUCA environment
- Effectively assess your organisation’s resources to gain a strategic advantage.
7 - 10 December 2022
Successful organisations need innovation to be a core management capability and this module addresses that challenge. You will understand how to develop an organisation with design thinking and innovation at its core. You will learn about supporting innovation throughout the entire business model and the creation of customer value within the context of your organisation.
Entrepreneurial thinking is also a core capability for organisations both new- and long-established. Executives within all organisations need to understand the different stages of the entrepreneurship process, and the Diploma provides this knowledge, from financial funding and support to identifying how organisations create the environment where idea generation is encouraged and supported.
- Develop an organisation with innovation at its core
- Create customer value through innovation
- Understand the entrepreneurship process and develop a culture that supports and develops idea generation.
15 - 18 March 2023
Strategic Choices is concerned with executive decision-making within organisations considering their growth strategy. This includes how to compete successfully in global markets and allows participants to understand all of the factors and variables which may affect success.
You will build a comprehensive view of your organisation’s opportunities from a broad range of factors from the external competitive context to managing a complex value chain, and from M&A to regulatory engagement and reputation management. Our experts will support you to engage with the broadest range of issues for you to be able to diagnose your organisation’s capability to pursue a compelling growth strategy.
- Build an in-depth understanding of the opportunities available to your organisation
- Identify your organisation’s capability in order to pursue the most effective growth strategy.
28 June - 1 July 2023
The practical implementation of strategy challenges many organisations and this concluding module of the Diploma is designed to help executives design implementation plans within dynamic environments. This module explores the process of strategy creation and execution within management teams and the development of a culture of accountability
You will also understand how to incorporate insights from data analytics, organisational design, and behavioural economics to build key performance indicators which can evolve as the strategic context of the organisation changes.
- Design implementation plans
- Develop a culture of accountability
- Execute decisions based on insights from data analytics, organisational design and behavioural economics.