Developing your leadership abilities
Managing people is essential to organisational success, and organisations depend on a motivated and committed workforce to remain competitive. Still, the question of how to manage an organisation´s most important asset - its people – poses constant challenges for managers and change agents (e.g. management consultants).
To prepare you for these challenges, this specialisation equips you with solid, evidence-based knowledge on the management of people in organisations. The specialisation combines academic rigor with practical relevance. The four main courses of the specialisation are:
- Organisational change and consultancy : This course provides you with an academic overview of change management as well as the practical use of consultants in firms. (Coordinator: Dr. Hannes Guenter)
- Organizational Learning and Development: This course examines the contemporary theory, research, and practice of organizational learning and development. (Coordinator: Dr. Shuhua Sun)
- Leadership: This course invites you to embark on a personal leadership journey in which you will reflect on and work with the science as well as the art of leadership. (Coordinators: Drs. Nicolle van den Elst & Prof. Marielle Heijltjes)
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: A critical meta-analysis of management practice, with the possibility to set up an e-documentary. (Coordinator: Prof. Wil Foppen)
The specialisation Organisation: Management, Change, and Consultancy is a one-year, full-time programme taught entirely in English. Graduates will earn a master's degree in International Business with a specialisation in Organisation: Management, Change and Consultancy.
This programme combines insights from management, organisational behavior, and psychology. The programme integrates fundamental and cutting-edge knowledge on leadership and management with expertise on learning and change in organisations. The programme sheds light on the actual work of managers and provides answers to the question of how leaders can be effective. This knowledge-intensive programme invites you to rethink and critically reflect upon what we actually know about organisational change and the creation of learning organisations. Together, this programme sharpens your analytical skills and helps you become an academically trained business professional.
What will you learn?
You will learn what academic research has to say on the management of change and learning, the role of managers in organisations, and leadership. Through facilitated group discussions, experiential exercises, lectures, and intense group work, you gain insights into the functioning of organisations and the people within. You will walk away from this programme with a solid, theoretical basis for analysing change and learning within organisations, and new insights into the challenges that leaders and managers face in their day to day work.
The department entertains relationships with well-known companies, consultancy firms, and public organisations. Experts from the field are invited to give guest lectures to provide you with an insider´s view into management and consulting, amongst others. Department members are often engaged in consulting and coaching roles themselves, providing you further insights into the possibilities awaiting graduates with a degree in Organisation: Management, Change and Consultancy. Graduates have found positions in various well-known firms, in the Netherlands, Europe, and the world. Positions range from general management functions to human resource management and management consulting.