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100% Online MBA Leading Innovation and Change

The York Business School MBA in Leading Innovation and Change will be of interest to you if you are a career professional who wishes to develop your skills in leading innovation and change, or you are currently supporting innovation and change in the work place or in the community.

The overall aim of the programme is to enable you to develop your critical understanding of the issues relating to leading innovation and change, so that you may enhance your leadership skills to develop sustainable individual and organisational potential. The programme brings together relevant contemporary academic theory and research with practical understanding of activities within organisations. You will explore issues that have significant impact within organisations by working with others and building on both their experiences and your own.

The programme provides opportunities for you to work with other leaders and potential leaders of innovation and change. This will be developed by enabling you to share knowledge, relate this to theories developed from relevant research, and learning by practical application.

Much of the learning is developed through the establishment of collaborative learning communities of programme participants and tutors – and you will become part of that community of learning. Your understanding is developed around the key skills, processes and practices of innovation and change. Solutions to real problems are suggested, discussed and analysed within the learning community with the support of tutors and fellow learners. The programme is characterised by reflective learning based on prior experience and by peer-to-peer learning.

The programme is international in its design and engages with themes on an international basis. Many different cultural contexts are utilised to help provide the setting for discussions.

On completion of the programme, you will be able to critically evaluate a range of theories and models relating to organisations, leadership, innovation and change, and apply these to real life situations in order to inform your decision making. The network that you will develop over the duration of the programme often continues to be a supportive and strong community of practice post-graduation.

Admission Requirements

You must meet the University’s general entry criteria for postgraduate study. In addition, you must have:

  • bachelor’s degree or equivalent, achieved at Class 2.2 or above, from an approved University or Institution;

and

  • current or recent work experience (within the last two years) appropriate to enable you to contribute to the programme;

or

  • Entry via Open Access Module

If you have extensive work experience appropriate to enable you to contribute to the programme you can gain entry to the programme through the APEL (Accredited Prior Experiential Learning) process. This should be demonstrated via the application form and a CV and will enable you to enter the programme via the Open Access Module MMK001 Leading Innovation and Change. If passed, this module will provide the required evidence for you to join the full programme and the credits will count towards your Master’s degree.

YSJU in exceptional cases reserve the right to interview applicants directly to help clarify their eligibility, as appropriate. When this is the case, interviews would normally be conducted virtually.

If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University. You might be able to demonstrate English Language capability through work based references.

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL).

Programme Outline

Introductory

Not-for-credit

  • Induction

This is the first module of the programme which gives an orientation to the course and the online learning style. It does not carry credits, and students are encouraged to go through the material in this module at their own pace and get accustomed to the online medium.

Stage 1

120 credits - Four taught modules

Core

  • Leading Innovation and Change
  • The Essence of Leadership
  • Culture, Leadership and Innovation in Organisations
  • Successful Strategic Thinking

Stage 2

60 credits - Individual dissertation

Research Methods Live Class

  • One week intensive live lectures online to prepare for your final dissertation.

Capstone Project

  • Supervised dissertation work.

Module Descriptions

Induction

Not-for-credit module

This is the first module of the programme which gives an orientation to the course and the online learning style. It does not carry credits, and students are encouraged to go through the material in this module at their own pace and get accustomed to the online medium.

Leading Innovation and Change

The aim of this module is to explore concepts and theories concerning how sustainable innovation and change may be achieved.  The module will include analyses of the leadership of innovation and change in different contexts.  In addition, participants will be encouraged to use their own experience of leadership, innovation and change to inform discussion, enquiry, critical thinking and reflection.

The Essence of Leadership

The aim of this module is to critically appraise theories of leadership and how leaders act to influence others directly, and also indirectly, by influencing organisational systems and structures. The module will focus on issues of leadership behaviours and skills required to achieve sustainable success and development for groups and organisations. The module will include an analysis of the activities of individuals in leadership roles in an organisation, or organisations, of the participant’s choice. Participants will be encouraged to use their experience of their own leadership role to inform discussions, enquiry and critical thinking.

Culture, Leadership and Innovation in Organisations

The aim of this module is to study the cultural context of the organisation and its impact on performance, innovation and change.  The module will explore concepts and theories of national and organisational culture, concepts from institutional theory and the relationship between culture and leadership in organisations. The impact of culture on how power is exercised, and on ethical behaviour in organisations, will be explored.

Successful Strategic Thinking

The aim of the module is to build awareness and understanding of strategic thinking and strategic leadership and their contribution to sustainable organisational performance by reviewing relevant theories, models and concepts.  Participants will develop a critical appreciation of the complexity of relationships and tensions associated with developing and implementing strategy.  They will be encouraged to use their own experience to inform discussion, enquiry, critical thinking and reflection.

  • Duration

    Minimum 12 months, maximum 3 years.

  • Delivery Method

    100% online via OnlineCampus (an interactive online learning environment) with intensive class discussion and collaboration.

  • Places

    The number of places per term is strictly limited to 60.

  • Terms

    Four terms per year (winter, spring, summer and autumn).

  • Tuition Fees

    15,000 CHF (Swiss Francs). You might be eligible for a bursary of 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs) reducing your tuition fees to 13,000 CHF (Swiss Francs). This includes library access, OnlineCampus access, graduation fees, and University of Salford matriculation fees. Fees are payable in interest free instalments over 12 months, however, the programme is not eligible for UK Postgraduate Loans for Master’s Study. The fees are for the entire programme, and include all the courses as well as supervision for the final innovation project.

  • Accreditation and Recognition

    This programme is offered in exclusive partnership with York St John University. After successfully completing your studies at Robert Kennedy College, you will receive a degree from York St John University which is duly accredited by the British Government. York St John University degrees are recognised worldwide.

    You may verify our exclusive partnership with York St John University here.

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