Values-driven Problem Solving in Organisational Systems
Become a better and more ethical leader by learning how to leverage your values and solve problems through systems thinking.
DatesStarts on 18 Sep 2023Join by 3 Oct 2023 at 00:00See more start dates
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Develop a values-driven approach to leadership with Nottingham Business School
Encountering ethical risks and resolving ethical dilemmas is an unavoidable part of management in any industry. Thinking systemically and leveraging values could help you tackle complex organisational problems without compromising on your ethics.
In this ten-week microcredential from Nottingham Business School, you’ll learn what it means to think systemically and to take a values-driven approach to problem-solving.
Learn how to prioritise stakeholders and promote ethical decision-making
Recognising stakeholders and identifying their needs is the first step in resolving ethical issues.
You’ll be introduced to stakeholder theory and different stakeholder models, learning how to apply these when confronted with an ethical dilemma.
You’ll also be equipped with tools, strategies, and resources to assist you in tackling complex problems. You’ll discover a range of philosophical scenarios and real-life case studies that you can apply to your own context.
Discover leadership theories and different approaches to problem-solving
Research on leadership is vast. You’ll delve into a range of definitions and theories of leadership, evaluating which is most suitable in the context of your own organisation and leadership style.
You’ll also discuss how different leadership approaches impact on organisational problem-solving. Engaging recent research on issues and trends in leadership, you’ll consider how wider systems influence ethical decision-making.
Understand the benefits of collaborative leadership for organisational culture
Understanding how organisations can work to encourage or discourage certain behaviours is essential for developing ethical organisational cultures. You’ll learn how to engage your team to solve problems collectively, and how this collaborative approach to leadership could be beneficial for your organisation’s culture.
Harness systems thinking to solve organisational problems
Systems thinking is about taking a more holistic approach to problem-solving. Seeing your organisation as a series of connecting parts within a wider network will help you appreciate the bigger picture and think more strategically.
In the final two weeks of the course, you’ll learn how thinking systemically could help you resolve ethical dilemmas. You’ll learn to connect yourself and your employees to your organisation and its wider network.
You’ll finish the course with a clear sense of your values, and an understanding of how systems thinking could help you promote them.
How will this microcredential help in my career?
This microcredential will equip you with the philosophical background and practical tools you need to resolve ethical dilemmas without compromising on your values. This will give you greater confidence and integrity as a leader in your organisation.
You’ll also learn how to promote an ethical working culture by taking a collaborative approach to leadership. This will help to harness the decision-making capacity of your colleagues, and earn their respect by empowering them to play a more active role in the organisational system.
Finally, you’ll learn more about the benefits of systems thinking, an organisational approach with considerable traction in management today. This will give you vital knowledge for your leadership career.
How will I be assessed?
At the end of the course, you’ll write a 2,000-word individual reflective report describing an ethical problem encountered by a given organisation. You’ll be required to assess the organisation’s culture and leadership, and develop a set of recommendations for how it could resolve the ethical challenge.
This will test your ability to reflect critically on values and value conflicts, and your systemic leadership skills.
Will I receive university credits?
Yes, you’ll earn 10 Level 7 credits at postgraduate level from Nottingham Trent University.
You can use these credits to build towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice from Nottingham Business School.
What skills will you learn?
- Ethical judgements
- People management
Are you eligible for this microcredential?
To join this postgraduate microcredential, you will ideally have as a minimum:
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification
- Proficiency in the English language to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
- At least two years’ experience of working in a relevant professional or management role
- If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, we would suggest a minimum of five years’ leadership or management experience
- A strong interest in the subject area
Is this microcredential right for you?
This course is designed for middle and senior managers or professionals working in any sector or industry.
You will need to be interested in learning more about systems thinking and how to take a values-driven approach to problem-solving in organisational systems.
What happens before, during, and after your microcredential
From 18 Sep 2023
Values-Driven Problem Solving in Organisational Systems
Learn how to leverage your values, think systemically, and solve the ethical risks and dilemmas facing your organisation.
10 hours per week
Values-driven visions for oneself, one’s organisation and the world
- Course overview and introductions
- Values-driven visions for oneself, one’s organisation and the world
- Values, Ethics and Morality
Recognising stakeholders and ethical dilemmas
- Discerning Ethical Dilemmas
- Defining and Identifying Stakeholders
- Different Stakeholder Models
- Prioritising Stakeholders in Ethical Dilemmas
Philosophical resources for values-driven problem-solving
- Your gut response
- Consequentialist and Non-consequentialist theories
- Rights-based Ethics
- Virtue-based Ethics
Integrated decision-making tools
- Values-Driven Problem-Solving: An integrated Approach
- Applying the Integrated Decision Model
Giving voice to values
- The Giving Voice to Values (GVV) approach to moral dilemmas
- Dealing with rationalisations and practicing GVV
- Formative Assessment
Leadership definitions, approaches and theories
- Thinking about Leadership
- Shifts in Understandings of Leadership
- What Leadership is and How We Study it
- A Critical Consideration of Selected Leadership Theories
Factors that influence how people lead and problem-solve
- Personal Factors
- Institutional Factors
- The Global Political Economy
Understanding and managing ethical organisational culture
- Digging into Organisational Culture
- Habit and Habituation
- Organisational Ethical Risk
- Reporting Requirements
Leading in organisational systems
- Introduction to Systems Thinking
- Leadership in Complex Systems
- Sustainability and Systemic Leadership
Negotiating paradox in organisational ethical dilemmas
- What is Paradox
- Paradoxical Dynamics in Organisations
- Paradoxes in Leading and Tricks of the Trade
- Course Wrap-Up
What you will receive
10 Level 7 Credits at Postgraduate level from Nottingham Trent University
You’ll receive 10 Level 7 postgraduate credits from Nottingham Trent University. These can be put towards the total needed to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice.
Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.
What is a microcredential?
Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.
Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.
Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.
Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.
Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.
Delivered by experts
With a background in political studies, philosophy, business ethics and leadership, I am passionate about learning how people from different contexts make sense of and tackle complex challenges.
I have been an academic for 9 years and an NTU tutor since 2017. I help with dissertation supervision as well as acting as module tutor. I look forward to working with you on your learning journey
As a philosopher by training, and an international consultant & researcher in practice, I enjoy challenging outdated assumptions on order to create more creative & ethical solutions for organisations
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