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Intelligent Organisations at Work


Senior leaders require a perspective and understanding of how organisations work most efficiently and how they can adapt and change. This module looks at creating winning strategies, sense-making and strategizing as a key leadership skill. It considers different organisational forms from the traditional to the digital and how different organisations manage governance and compliance to create cultures of innovation. Creating, sharing and securing knowledge and the use of “big data” is key. The way in which organisations combine and deploy these resources, processes, technologies and people make organisations ‘intelligent’.


The overriding aims of this module are:

  • To gain a critical understanding of how intelligent organisations need to work, behave and adapt in a rapidly changing environment.
  • To understand the most appropriate tools and behaviours to lead winning strategies.
  • To understand the culture that needs to be created within the organisation and the tone set by senior leaders to balance compliance with innovation in order to create manage and secure organisational knowledge.
  • To understand the role of big data and cybersecurity in contemporary organisations

The principal learning outcomes of this module are to:

  • Develop the tools, techniques and behaviours of creating strategies
  • Understand the alignments of strategy and style with different organisations forms from the traditional to the contemporary and digital.
  • Understand the critical role of governance and compliance in contemporary organisations and how this can be balanced with a culture of innovation
  • See knowledge as a strategic organisational resource that can and should be exploited, leveraged and secured to gain competitive advantage.
  • Create greater understanding of the digital firm, the use of “big data” and cyber security in contemporary organisations.
  • Take a holistic view of organisations and their future development.


The module will include organisational theories, concepts and models (and their critiques), and case examples in order to comprehend:

  • The role of leaders in creating winning strategies and efficient, sustainable organisations
  • The role of governance and the breadth and complexity of compliance including regulatory, legal, stakeholders and markets.
  • Balancing governance and compliance with innovation, knowledge creation, sharing and security
  • Characteristics and value of knowledge intensive firms, knowledge work and knowledge workers, networks and communities of practice.
  • The challenges faced by the digital firm, big data and cybersecurity.


5 days