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Executive Masters in Change for the Future

Course Description

Change agents are facing volatile disruption in the world. This provides risks for many and opportunities for those that can sense, seize and adapt effectively. Many change practitioners have realized that change and innovation is predominantly a socio-technological phenomenon and that the standard approaches don't work back in their organisations.

This two-year part-time program has been designed by experienced practitioners to meet the needs of their peers. You will explore different perspectives on organisations, change and new approaches grounded in years of practical experience as well as sound academic research.

Program content

You will gain a deeper understanding of the global challenges and issues that are shaping the territory of change. You will discover how a change agent can intervene complex systems, co-create cultures of change and innovation for a better world, and be given practical tools to help lead change and innovation back in the workplace. Ashridge encourages a step change in our participants' practice based on three things: a better understanding of the global challenges and trends and how this impacts their organisations a better understanding of change in complex systems and how to set the conditions for change and innovation a disciplined focus on application and how to work with change and innovation, accelerated through the practice of action research.

Who is the program for

The program is designed for leaders that realize we are going through a period of considerable challenges of disruption and sustainability. Typically participants will be experienced leaders, senior managers, executive coaches, consultants or facilitators. We welcome practitioners who are not interested in imposing change but rather willing to explore new avenues of making 'good' change and innovation on a system and organisational level.

Benefits to your organisation

For 20 years the Masters in Organisational Change has been supporting leaders and consultants to make a step change in their capability as enablers of organisational change and organisational development. The program is constantly evolving to address the increasing complexity and demands of organisational life. It has been designed for people interested in reflecting seriously on their work and impact as change practitioners.

Further course information:


Visit the Executive Masters in Change for the Future page on the Ashridge website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Andrew Burton

Why did you decide to do the Masters in Organisational Change programme?

I was intrigued to understand more about myself and how I impact others but also to appreciate the complexity of everyday interaction. Enriching dialogue to facilitate greater outcomes and allow ‘voices’ to contribute whilst ‘holding lightly’ my own suppositions was something I felt AMOC would help me with and I was not let down.

Did you have any reservations before starting?

Yes lots. Was I going to be able to meet the demands of the programme? Was I ‘good enough’ to be able to learn after so many years out of a formal learning environment? Would I enjoy the content? Will I like the rest of the group and the tutors? Can I bring something worthwhile and contribute positively to the learning?

I was glad to learn that my colleagues on the programme had similar reservations but even happier to know that I need not have worried. The whole experience was wonderful and I am somewhat jealous of those starting the programme.

What did you learn from the programme?

An incredible amount about myself and the impact of anything and everything I do or say. The complexity of people and how I might respond to them has changed considerably as a result of AMOC and that change has been very much for the better. The appreciation I have for greater collaboration and effective dialogue is a million miles ahead of where I was before going into AMOC, I would go as far to say that, for me, the programme was life changing!

How have you applied this to your work and organisation?

The learning becomes a ‘way of being’ and as such every interaction is influenced. That said I do reference some of the gurus and the work they have done with members of my team which often leads to some very enriching conversations.

What would you say to someone considering joining this programme?

You will always find a reason NOT to start the program, that special project that you have to complete, work deadlines, family commitments etc. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the perfect moment will be next year or the year after if you do, it will never come.

The perfect moment is now, right now – Go for it, you won’t regret it.


Entry Requirements

A first degree, equivalent academic award, or evidence of appropriate conceptual and study skills. At least five years’ experience in an organisational intervention role. The ability to reflect and learn from your own actions and experiences. The motivation to participate in a peer learning community and some awareness of your own emotional and behavioural process.

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