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Complexity and Reflexive Management

Drawing on the complexity sciences and grounded in pragmatist philosophy, this module provides students with the opportunity to explore alternatives to traditional approaches to management and leadership. The module requires students to work with their own experience of unpredictability and uncertainty in their professional lives. Students will be invited to focus reflexively on the details of their interactions at work in order to gain greater insights into how norms, routines, and cultures emerge in organisations and as a means of generating alternative possibilities to how they might approach their daily practice.

Learning outcomes:  

  • Critically reflect on their own behaviour and the behaviours of others during a specific incident.
  • Analyse the micro-level details of interpersonal interaction and communication.
  • Critically examine the influence of group processes on behaviour.
  • Critically explore what is meant by systems thinking and alternatives derived from the complexity sciences.

Who is the module for:  

Health and social care practitioners/professionals involved in leading teams or organisations and/or involved in identifying change in practice aimed at service improvement through educational project.

Module code:   HC7006

Entry criteria:  

- Good honours degree and/or work experience in a healthcare setting
- International students must have IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent

Number of credits and level of study:   30 credits at level 7.

Assessment:   Reflective essay

Location:   Kingston University

Pattern of Delivery:   Course length: Five teaching days fortnightly on Wednesdays, plus five days of self-directed study

Module dates*

  • 5 sessions
  • Wednesday 22 April 2020
  • Wednesday 6 May 2020
  • Wednesday 20 May 2020
  • Wednesday 3 June 2020
  • Wednesday 17 June 2020

*Dates may change

Fee:   £1890

Module leader:   Mr John King (primary)


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Complexity and Reflexive Management