‘Systemic Management’ – a module for the University of Hull EMBA intake 36 in Bahrain, that will challenge traditional ways to understand, talk about and manage organisations!
Part of the ‘Managing Strategically’ theme, this module addresses what it means to adopt a systemic approach to management. Not only it will provide you with tools to observe and manage complexity in organisations, but it will also help you to complement the other themes that you are learning in the MBA, like managing people, processes and knowledge.
At the beginning of the module, we’ll review main challenges to deal with messiness and complexity that managers experience in their daily life. Through experiential learning, we’ll introduce the core systemic and complexity concepts and begin to feel the way they can illuminate our understanding of core management challenges. We’ll revisit the history of development of systems and complexity sciences, and learn why traditional management approaches sometimes offer quick fixes that deal with problems in the short term, but do not address complex situations in a more holistic or systemic way – which may have impact in the long term viability of the organisation.
Students will learn about roles as observers in an organisation, the challenges of dealing with conflict, uncertainty and complexity in organisations; also about the importance of dialogue, and the idea of systemic interventions.
Students will study the main systemic and complexity approaches that offer insights to management sciences and management practice. By studying in each of them, paradigmatic assumptions, insights to organisational learning and particular ways to dealing with complexity, students will develop a more systemic understanding of organisations and their management. By the end of the module students will reflect on a systemic way of dealing with strategic management, which will help us to summarise and synthesize the learning from different systemic approaches.
All the way through the module, case studies and examples of real life systemic interventions to progress our understanding of the type of systemic approach and analyses that may help to overcome specific organisational needs and situations.
MDCI would like to wish the students an enjoyable module and sure it will be very beneficial to all of those who attend.