The programme is designed in three stages. Most managers tend to be isolated in their own part of an organisation and the emphasis in the Certificate stage is on developing a broader and more holistic view of how an organisation operates, including the impact of the external environment. The modules in the Certificate stage therefore develop this holistic view of an organisation taken from different perspectives – the organisation as a learning entity made up of individuals, the organisation as a combination of inter-related processes focused on adding value, the organisation as a financial entity focused on creating monetary returns. The final module places the organisation within its’ wider external context and asks participants to assess how the economic-social-legal environment can impact on the value creating activities.
The focus during the Diploma stage shifts to explore more closely the managers role as a strategic leader and a source of innovation and change within an organisation. If the Certificate stage reflects the need for managers to develop a holistic view of an organisation then the Diploma stage is about the need for managers to recognise that sustaining an organisation requires it to develop and adapt as the environment changes. The modules therefore focus on organisational change, innovation, strategic development and the manager’s role as decision maker, problem solver and a leader of organisation change.
The final Masters stage provides the opportunity for the participants to explore and develop specialised sector or role specific knowledge to support their own career develop and future aspirations. The emphasis is on the application of knowledge to specific practice settings with the capstone double module requires participants to develop and lead a change project.