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    MA Cultures and Organisational Leadership

    Entry Requirements

    A good honours degree in a relevant discipline is normally required. If English is not your first language you must have a level of English equivalent to at least 6.5 on the IELTS scale.


    Assessment takes place against clear criteria and learning outcomes which you will be prepared for. Assessed activities range from formal essay writing and examinations to the preparation of reports, discussion of case studies and critical incidents and the development of research proposals.

    Professional links

    This MA programme maintains strong links with international employers and practitioners that may be utilised by students to enhance their employability skills. In particular, we have long-standing relationships with the NHS (East of England) and Motorola (UK and Belgium), and are in negotiation with the following organisations regarding curricular advice, extra-curricular activities and actual contributions to the teaching of our core modules: Bosch (Germany), ProQuest (UK), ARM Holdings (UK), The Police Service (UK), The Prison Service (UK).

    Employment prospects

    The MA Cultures and Organisational Leadership aims to offer further development opportunities for those who intend to seek a career in international business, national organisations with a focus on migration and diaspora, globally oriented cultural and creative industries and/or self-employed consulting, training and mentoring.

    Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences and Ashcroft International Business School

    Cambridge & ChelmsfordThis team comprises senior leaders from a range of culturally diverse private and public institutions as well as distinguished subject specialists in international management, intercultural communication, cultural studies, linguistics, law and leadership theory. Most of our academic staff have very successfully contributed to our Universitys recent Research Assessment Exercise 2008 submissions and/or have conducted large-scale research into international organisations funded by the OECD, EEDA, The European Commission and UK Trade and Investment.

    Dr Beatriz Acevedo Cross-cultural management, creativity in management and leadership, small-business leadership.

    Professor Charles Hampden-Turner International management, teaching innovation and entrepreneurship, global crisis, development of cross-cultural competence.

    Professor Robert Home Land rights, gypsies and travellers, land policy, town planning. PhD supervision.

    Dr Katalin Illes Leadership theory, management development, Hungarian enterprises. PhD supervision.

    Professor Terry Mughan International management, intercultural business communication, SME development. PhD supervision.

    Dr Sebastian Rasinger Socio-linguistics, urban multilingualism, representation of migrants in print media, Bengali-English. PhD supervision.

    Professor Guido Rings Intercultural communication, postcolonial theory, discourse analysis, cultural studies, concepts of identity. PhD supervision.

    Dr Petra Vogler Intercultural consulting, managing intercultural training, mediation and conflict management, intercultural pedagogy.

    Professor Bronwen Walter Irish diaspora studies, gender and migration, changing identities. PhD supervision.


    Click: 0845 271 3333

    For more information or to apply online:

    I am so encouraged to see an entirely new and innovative Masters course... I have often wished for more broadly based educational programmes dealing with the emerging cultural convergences we see today and to help prepare my executives for the cultural differences, clashes and synergies.

    Professor Alan Barrell Executive Chairman, Health Enterprise East Ltd.

    Chairman, East of England NHS Innovation Council

    The Staff Team:

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  • Methods of teaching/learningYou will be expected to familiarise yourself with cutting-edge research in the field and bring in your own personal skills via lectures, seminars, presentations and a range of different research projects.

    Teaching and supervision is by leading researchers in the field at professorial levelWithin the framework of four core modules and a major project, you will benefit from learning about the most recent cultural and leadership approaches to enhance your skills in the management of international workforces.

    1 Impacts of Migration explores the push and pull factors which stimulate migration to Europe, and investigates the impact of cultural difference and interconnectedness at national, regional and local level. Case studies from various organisations allow an in-depth analysis of the processes of integration and alienation, including patterns of mutual cultural, racial and/or gender discrimination, as well as linguistic adaptation.

    2 International Leadership investigates reoccurring themes and dilemmas of leadership in different ages and different cultural settings. You will familiarize yourself with the various theoretical frameworks but also get an opportunity to explore your own personality traits and gain consciousness about your own possible personal development needs in leadership and followership.

    3 Intercultural Relations and Communication examines the development of relations, communicative styles and values between individuals and groups of different cultural backgrounds. It does so within the framework of intercultural theory and pragmatics. Practical case studies include aspects of changing behaviour, discrimination and racism as well as an introduction to the teaching of intercultural communication.

    4 Leading the Contemporary Organisation explores critical issues in contemporary organisational life and develops management competences needed to lead organisations in the private, public and charitable sectors. It will enable you to critically reflect upon yourself as leaders in your current or future practice areas.

    5 The Major Project module supports you in the preparation and submission of a masters dissertation or major project. The dissertation may be research or more practical orientated, depending on your personal choice and career plans.

    This MA supports current and future leaders of private and public organisations to effectively manage an increasingly international workforce.

    encouraging and supporting research in intercultural and transcultural communication, international management

    and leadership theory

    bringing together expertise from two faculties to offer a multidisciplinary focus on issues which span economy and


    How the MA is Organised:

    The MA Cultures and Organisational Leadership is a highly

    individualised one year full-time or two year part-time course,

    commencing in September or January, and based on the

    following core modules:






    Just like most assessments in the four 30 credit taught

    modules, the topics/objectives/methodology of the major

    project are subject to negotiation which allows you to

    maximise your individual expertise in areas that fully support

    your personal ambitions/interests and plans for career


    MA Cultures and Organisational LeadershipThis programme reflects the needs and interests expressed by senior leaders in global enterprises who are looking to recruit interculturally competent managers. These leaders contribute to teaching and ongoing curriculum development. It has been developed in response to the need of graduates who are seeking a postgraduate course that genuinely links cultural theory and practice, and significantly enhances their career prospects in organisational leadership. In particular, it offers further development opportunities for those who intend to seek a career in international business, national organisations with a focus on migration and diaspora, and/or globally oriented cultural and creative industries.

    The programme is distinctive in:

    offering a high quality course with modules that draw on established staff expertise and the experience of senior leaders in private and public organisations

    combining intellectual rigour with vocational and transferable skills

    enhancing your opportunities of employment

    developing and strengthening links with industry and public organisations at local, national and international level

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