Complexity and Network Thinking with Dr. Andrew Taylor

Complexity and Network Thinking with Dr. Andrew Taylor

Bahrain intake 34 of the University of Hull Executive MBA will be find out more regarding Complexity and Network Thinking, between 10th-13th May with Dr. Andrew Taylor.

The internet and advances in information and communications are implicated in the emergence of the network economy and the network society. Greater connectivity and access to increased variety and volume of information enable new and complex forms of organisation embodying distributed network structures and processes, and give rise to a complex competitive landscape.

This presents opportunities and threats that are challenging both, public and private sector institutions. The purpose of this module is to equip students to understand the emerging context and to harness network forms of organisation to deliver transformational capacity or stability as appropriate in the face of environmental turbulence.

The module uses concepts from complexity theory to enable you to develop a coherent view of the strategic, organisational and systemic issues that need to be recognised and addressed at all scales of organisation (from the micro through to the macro level) in the networked world and the digital economy.

By this stage in your career students will have significant experience of management in practice and an appreciation of management theories. This module is designed to develop a student’s capacity for conceptualisation so that students are able decide for themselves what can taken from competing theories to deal with complex situations for which no single “best practice” recipe exists, and where imitation from examples is not a viable option.

Students are recommended to read the papers by Gavetti and Bonabeau before you come to the module as they provide a good insight into the motivation behind the development of this module: Bonnabeau shows the importance of thinking for yourself and Gavetti shows why associative thinking is essential for strategists today.


The network paradigm of this module provides a robust conceptual base for internationalisation strategies which harness local and national diversity for sustainable development in the networked economy and society.

Guest speaker will be Prof. David Snowden, Cognitive Edge

Dave Snowden is the founder of Cognitive Edge. He was Director (EMEA) of IBM’s Institute for Knowledge Management and also of IBM’s Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity. He is generally recognised as an industry thought leader in knowledge management.

He developed the Cynefin model during his ground-breaking work with alternative narratives over the past four years. The most recent developments with Cynefin come from a two-year project that was funded by the US government to deal with asymmetric threat. The project used complexity theory and narrative to create a radically new approach to policy formation in public and private sector organisations.

Students can refer to their materials provided by Cora and any further questions please contact MDCI.

For people who are interested in joining the next intake Executive MBA intake will start in Bahrain this November please contact MDCI.


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