Teaching postgraduates on an innovative course

As faculty on an interdisciplinary course, I supervise postgraduates undertaking a doctorate in management. Conventional leadership and management programmes tend to concentrate on the predictable and idealised aspects of strategy and organising. In contrast, we encourage our students to take a critical perspective on these approaches and focus on how widespread change emerges as people interact in everyday local situations. Faculty have backgrounds in management, psychology, sociology/anthropology and philosophy, while students are senior managers or consultants from around the world.

Students look at relationships, meaning-making and practices within their own workplace with topics ranging from communication and power to identity and conflict. They write projects based on a mix of narrative, ethnography and analysis - it is intellectually demanding but the support students receive is unparalleled. We meet at four residential weekends a year as a community of researchers and their supervision is given at and between residentials in both learning sets of up to four students as well as one-to-one supervision. 

My students are currently looking at:

  • shame and power in facilitation in the voluntary sector
  • improvisation during change processes in the public sector
  • recognition and politics in international development¬†
  • perceptions of success and failure in consultancy
  • belonging in the workplace

Completed PhD students:

Dr Tali Avignor, Practising Talent Management: processes of judgment, exclusion and inclusion, University of Hertfordshire, June 2017.

For more information contact our Director, Chris Mowles c.mowles@herts.ac.uk.