Dr Dwivedi discussing the latest developments on Complexity and Network Thinking

Dr Dwivedi discussing the latest developments on Complexity and Network Thinking

Students on the University of Hull Executive MBA intake 36 delivered on location in Bahrain, will be welcoming their next lecturer Dr. Ashish Dwivedi discussing and providing expert insight into Complexity and Network Thinking between 8th-11th August 2018.

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 you 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.

In the wider context of the MBA programme the module is designed to serve as an integrating mechanism for learning in core OB, Strategy and Systems modules. The complex adaptive systems perspective provides the scaffolding for you to continue to re-evaluate and re-frame the concepts from past and future learning as you encounter new opportunities and challenges in your business and management contexts.

By this stage in a student's career they 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 they are able decide for yourself what you can take 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.

Ashish commenced his career in the financial services industry and then moved to academia where he is currently a Lecturer at the Hull University Business School. Ashish is also associated with the management of the high-tech Management Learning Laboratory (MLL) and is the programme leader for a newly-created Masters in Knowledge Management. Ashish has previously taught and researched at Coventry University and the University of Northampton.


Corporate strategy, research methods, information sciences, and knowledge management


Ashish's primary research interests are in knowledge management (in which he obtained his PhD), organisational behaviour, healthcare management, and information and communication technologies. Ashish has served as an invited reviewer and associate editor for several journals including the Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the UK Systems Society and the OR Society. He has been recently invited to publish a text on Healthcare Knowledge Management.

This module includes several elements that can support its students to reflect on and develop some of the key Hull Graduate Attributes:

Critical and independent thinking

The module’s seminars will include several debate-based activities where students can:

- Defend ideas confidently when constructively challenged by others

- Challenge accepted practices or ideas with reasoned arguments

- Be able to think critically and analytically to evaluate arguments and propose solutions to challenges


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