Students on the University of Hull Executive MBA intake 35 delivered on location in Bahrain, will be welcoming their next lecturer Dr. Dionysios Demetis discussing and providing expert insight into Complexity and Network Thinking between 20th-23rd December 2017.
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.
Dr Dionysios Demetis is a lecturer in management systems at the Hull University Business School.
He is also Vice-Chair of the Humber Business Resilience Forum which promotes a secure Humber region by enhancing the cybersecurity of its businesses. Dr Demetis holds a PhD on anti-money laundering and information systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He is the author of two books and numerous other publications while his research on anti-money laundering has been featured in the United Nations bibliography and received funding from the European Commission.
- Anti-money laundering
- Information systems (focus on cybersecurity from a management/social science perspective)
- Systems theory (second-order cybernetics)
- Social theory of risk
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
Responsible leadership in a complex world
This module uses concepts from complexity theory and the information lens to enable participants to develop a coherent view of the strategic, organisational and systems issues that need to be recognised and dealt with at all scales of organisation (from the micro through to the macro level of analysis) in the networked world and the digital economy.
- It equips participants to critically evaluate the way in which the network structure and dynamics in the complex network society and economy can give rise to unintended consequences of realising management and policy decisions.
It enables participants to use insights from ecology to explore the relationship of organised entities with the wider ecosystem that they exist in to appreciate the implications that their decisions and actions have for individual and collective resilience and sustainability.
The method of delivery of the module is designed to actively get participants to develop their own maps defining the associations between the concepts and topics presented in each session, and to develop an abstraction (metaphor) that encapsulates what it is to manage in the network society and economy
In the overall context of the MBA programme the module is designed to serve as an integrating mechanism for prior learning in core OB, Strategy and Systems modules. The complex adaptive systems perspective provides the scaffolding for participants to continue to re-evaluate and re-frame the concepts from prior learning as they encounter new ICT-enabled opportunities and challenges in their own business and management contexts.
The Complex Adaptive Systems paradigm at the core of the module enables participants to understand how and why plurality and heterogeneity are essential for transformational capability, resilience and sustainability in dynamic contexts.
The associative thinking, sensemaking and analytical capabilities developed in this enable participants to articulate effectively the case for advocacy in complex contexts.
The (selectively) interconnected world presents opportunities and threats that are challenging both, public and private sector institutions. The Complex Adaptive Systems paradigm at the core of the module equips participants to make sense of the emerging context, and to harness the potential of network forms of organisation to deliver both, transformational capacity and stability in the face of environmental turbulence.
Greater connectivity and access to increased variety and volume of information has generated greater informational complexity, whilst enhanced communication capability makes possible new and complex forms of organisation embodying distributed network structures and processes.
This module includes several elements that can support its students to reflect on and develop some of the key Graduate Attributes that can lead to successfully achieving a Hull Employability Award.
These attributes stand only as examples.
The tutor can give students further indication of the types of skills students may gain from each session and that a student should personally reflect on for their own performance.
By reflecting on the skills and attributes you gain whilst at university, some of which will be developed during this module, you could gain a Hull Employability Award. The Awards recognise a level of success in developing the skills and attributes characteristic of Hull graduates, standing as an endorsement of excellent employability.
For further information on The Hull Way and The Hull Employability Awards and to register for The Awards please visit www.hullawards.hull.ac.uk
If students have any questions about the Hull Way and the Hull Employability Awards please contact the Business School’s Centre for Professional Success.