The Ashridge Masters in Organisational Change is founded on an integrative and experiential approach to learning, interweaving theoretical input with firsthand experience, personal reflection and active experimentation within your consulting practice. Our faculty members are all practising consultants, working in diverse sectors and geographies, who draw on their wealth of experience to bring to life the conceptual frameworks and informing methodologies of the programme.
A fundamental objective of AMOC is to support participants' learning to become 'reflective practitioners', to enable rigorous inquiry into one's assumptions and perceptions, and notice how they affect the way we relate to groups and organisations. AMOC introduces the methodologies of Action Inquiry as a means of developing individual reflective praxis through cycles of action and subsequent reflection.
AMOC draws on action research, the highly participative approach to learning which invites you to develop a discipline of thinking, personal reflection and testing ideas through action experiments.
Participants are encouraged to notice how they are engaging personally with the subject matter, and are expected to complete regular written assignments between workshops as part of a process of further self-directed learning, supported by a personal tutor. Criteria, for assessment by faculty and peers, refer to intellectual development (engagement with theoretical input and workshop experience), practical development (demonstrating linkage between theory and your praxis), and reflective practice (effective development of a sustained and critical awareness of relating self to practice).
AMOC participants come to the Masters with a wide variety of organisational and consulting experience. The highly participative nature of the workshops enables participants to bring to the group the benefit of their experience and to think and learn together. By sharing examples from within their current practice, participants can work on issues that are appropriate for them, allowing for immediate application of new approaches and methodologies to practice.
This focus on using participants' real and current issues as material for developing practice also benefits participants' organisations and clients from the beginning of the programme.
Practice groups run throughout the programme up to Module 4. Each group consists of about six members and is facilitated by a member of faculty. This process enables participants to integrate conceptual learning with experimentation in the safe environment of an action learning set. Participants meet regularly between workshops, in groups of five or six, to consult to each other on live consulting issues brought by the members themselves.
In this workshop we deliberately extend the focus of our attention to the wider context of an organisation's operation, seeking to locate organisations in their specific environment. The overall framework encompasses ethical and practical issues associated with corporate globalisation, the relationship of the organisation to its stakeholders and the challenge of ecological sustainability. The workshop takes place at Schumacher College in the UK, the international centre for ecological studies, as an appropriate contextual location for our inquiry.