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Masters in Organisation
Consulting and
Doctorate in Organisational
The Ashridge Masters in Organisation
Consulting and the Ashridge Doctorate in
Organisational Change (AMOC/ADOC) are
recognised as two of the most innovative
and powerful programmes in the field.
The programmes will build on your existing
consulting skills, encouraging self reflection
through provocative theory and an
innovative approach to learning.

Introduction               3

Ashridge Consulting        4

Programme outcomes         5

Programme outline          6

Who the programme is for   8
                                For further information please contact Julie Britten, the programme co-ordinator:
Programme description      9
                                Tel: +44 (0)1442 841386 | Fax: +44 (0)1442 841260
The Masters stream (AMOC) 12
The Doctoral stream (ADOC) 14
In a world where the demand for managerial qualifications is well served, this programme meets the
growing need for a reputable advanced qualification focused on consulting. As organisations face
the need to respond to ever more diverse and challenging issues, consultants must learn new ways
of working with complex and uncertain situations.

The flexible nature of this programme offers participants    internal HR, OD or L&D consultant, external
choices along the way to achieving their aspired            organisation/management, or as independent
qualification. Whether they decide to complete an MSc        consultants. Participants typically have between 10 and
or to proceed to Doctoral level studies, the programme      20 years’ experience.
provides a profoundly developmental experience.
The programme is intended for professionals who take        Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change
their development as ‘reflective practitioners’ seriously,   (ADOC)
and for Doctoral candidates who seek to make a
                                                            This is open to those with a compatible qualification to
unique contribution to our understanding and
                                                            our own Masters in Organisation Consulting, such as
knowledge of consulting and leading in organisations. It
                                                            an MSc in Change Management or an MSc in
is designed and delivered by Ashridge Consulting,
                                                            Responsibility and Business Practice, together with
specialists in organisation development with a global
                                                            relevant experience. This is a 3½ year part time
client base. All faculty are practising organisation
                                                            This programme will help you:

                                                            • Practise in your chosen field with a level of mastery
A flexible approach                                           appreciated by peers and clients

Ashridge Masters in Organisation Consulting                 • Critically evaluate and enhance your professional
The Ashridge Masters in Organisation Consulting             • Understand and convey ways in which knowledge is
                                                              constructed in the social phenomenon of
(AMOC) is a two-year part-time MSc programme
                                                              organisations and in the practice of consulting and
developed by practising consultants to specifically
                                                              how such knowledge is used to influence learning
address the unique challenges faced by consulting
                                                              and organisational transformation
practitioners in increasingly complex and uncertain
environments.                                               • Appreciate and demonstrate the ethical aspects of
                                                              influencing in organisational settings as they apply to
AMOC provides a reputable qualification that enables
                                                              the individuals engaged, the organisation involved
consultants, change agents and facilitators the
                                                              and the wider contextual socio-ecological systems.
opportunity to learn new ways of consulting. Accessing
the latest research in the field, combined with the
experience of faculty and participants, AMOC                Combined AMOC/ADOC
synthesises practical approaches with theoretical           The structure of the programme provides a choice for
insight.                                                    participants between continuing at MSc level after the
The programme design favours experienced consulting         first 3 modules, or, in consultation with the programme
practitioners, likely to be working in an organisation      faculty, progressing to doctoral level studies.
intervention role such as change agent, facilitator,

    Ashridge Consulting                                         Ashridge and Sustainability
    Ashridge Consulting is an organisation development          Ashridge is aware that the challenge of sustainability is
    consultancy with an international client base,              one that forward-thinking organisations cannot afford to
    specialising in organisation and culture change, strategy   ignore, and we are seeking to understand and respond
    engagement, leadership development and talent               through our educational offerings as well as in our
    management.                                                 practices as an organisation. The Ashridge Centre for
    Our practice is based on the view that organisations are    Business and Sustainability is Ashridge’s in-house think
    not ‘things’ which can be known objectively by              tank on sustainable development and the implications
    detached observers. We see organisations as social          for leadership, strategy and change in organisations.
    processes in which everyone is a participant. Hence we      The Centre leads research and thinking in collaboration
    focus on how people interact, the forms which               with external partners internationally, and works
    conversations take, the emergent patterns and               collaboratively across Ashridge to support our
    dynamics, and the interplay of stability and change. We     education and consulting work around leadership and
    engage with our clients in a process of inquiry, we help    change for sustainability. Our Masters in Sustainability
    leaders articulate and convey their strategic intentions,   and Responsibility (AMSR) attracts managers and
    and we encourage staff to take initiatives to help          activists from the private, public and not-for-profit
    organisations mobilise their innovative potential. We       sectors who want to engage with the growing
    challenge some of the constraints that tend to inhibit      international debate and practice about sustainability
    creative experimentation and induce risk aversion, such     and organisational responsibility.
    as routine and habitual ways of working, unexamined
    rules and assumptions, and excessive power
                                                                The Ashridge Centre for Action
    differentials. Our ‘expertise’ lies in working with the
    social processes in an organisation rather than in
    imposing pre-formed methods and solutions on the
                                                                Action research brings together research, learning and
                                                                practice development. Thus, generating new
    Ashridge Consulting established the successful and          knowledge is intricately linked with developing new
    innovative Masters in Organisation Consulting (AMOC)        ways of doing things. This practice-based approach to
    in 1997, which continues to be a thriving part of           inquiry underpins AMOC, the Ashridge Masters in
    Ashridge’s educational portfolio, and provides a            Executive Coaching (AMEC), AMSR, as well as ADOC.
    significant route into ADOC. Indeed, the doctoral            Ashridge has established a Centre for Action Research,
    programme was set up in 2006 partly as a response to        to support, coordinate, and enhance action research
    demand from AMOC participants for the opportunity for       activities amongst staff, students and clients. The
    further study in the spirit of AMOC and with a similar      Centre supports the publication of writing action
    level of support from the community of practice.            research projects through a Working Paper series, and
                                                                runs open seminars for action research practitioners, to
                                                                which ADOC participants are invited. |
Programme outcomes
As a programme participant you will:                         Your sponsoring organisation will:

• Gain broader perspectives on the phenomenon of             • Increase its capacity for innovation and change
  organising, and a particular understanding of              • Enhance its capacity to respond to today’s conditions
  organisations as complex social processes, and the           of uncertainty and complexity
  implications of this perspective for leadership, change
                                                             • Increase its organisational capacity for learning and
  and organisation consulting
• Heighten your awareness of yourself as a person and        • Benefit throughout the programme, as you apply your
  of the impact you have on others in the organisational
                                                               learning to your organisation’s issues and challenges
  context and in your role as an organisation
  consultant, leader or facilitator                          • Grow its internal consulting and organisation
                                                               development resource.
• Increase your understanding of group dynamics and
  how you typically engage in such processes in

• Increase your ability to work effectively with group
  and power dynamics in organisations, and to design
  and facilitate small and large scale interventions

• Enhance your sense of personal presence and
  confidence, enabling you to respond appropriately in
  uncertain and emergent consulting situations

• Gain a broader awareness of ethical considerations
  and how you currently and potentially take account
  of these in your practice

• Add to your understanding of, and ability to work
  with, various forms of ‘action research/action inquiry’,
  thus underpinning yourself and praxis development
  with a rigorous base
                                                                “AMOC is a significant part of any
• If you choose to proceed to the Doctorate, you will
  develop rigorous inquiry methods and explore                    personal journey in that it makes you
  different ‘ways of knowing’ in depth as the basis of            realise you are on one in the first
  making your unique contribution to the understanding
                                                                  place. Part of my journey was setting
  of organisational change and the practice of
  organisation consulting.                                        up a consulting business as a social
                                                                  enterprise and taking a radically fresh
                                                                  look at what I wanted to get involved
                                                                  in... and what I didn’t!”
                                                                 Executive Director
                                                                 Faculty Partnership CIC
                                                                 Andrew Woodward

             Programme outline
             The programme, which is offered on a part-time basis only, is designed so that both Masters and
             Doctoral participants progress through the first three modules (18 months) together. These are the
             core modules during which participants explore the philosophy and theoretical principles which
             underpin the programme. Participants, in consultation with faculty, will be able to choose whether
             to complete the Masters in Organisation Consulting (AMOC), or whether to proceed to the
             Doctorate in Organisational Change (ADOC).

             Participants completing AMOC will take the last six months of the programme for research and writing up a
             dissertation (Module 4).
             Those choosing to take the Doctorate – or who joined solely for that purpose – will be expected to complete
             successfully an acceptance paper, before proceeding to the first module of the Doctoral stream, which continues
             for another three and a half years.

    YEAR 1    Module 1                                                             Module 2                                           Module 3
              Workshops RELE 1, 2, 3                                               Workshops 4, 5, 6

                    Award decision time        Module 4                                                                                MSc viva     MSc
                                               Workshop 10 MSc dissertation writing with supervisor                                                award
    YEAR 2    Module 3   cont.
              Workshops 7, 8, 9
                                               ADOC module 1D                                              ADOC module 2D
                      Acceptance paper         Workshop 1                                                  Workshops 2, 3, 4

              ADOC module 2D cont.
    YEAR 3    MProf dissertation or transfer
              paper for DProf progression
                                               ADOC module 3D
                                               Participant-led workshops 5, 6

    YEAR 4    ADOC module 3D          cont.                        DProf                     ADOC module 4D
              Workshops 7, 8                                       progression paper         DProf dissertation phase

    YEAR 5    ADOC module 4D cont.                                                                                      DProf                     Doctorate
              DProf dissertation phase                                                                                  viva                       award

                JAN          FEB         MAR     APR        MAY          JUN           JUL      AUG         SEP          OCT    NOV    DEC

                                                           Who the programme is for
In Module 1 we invite you to reflect on your own            This programme is for you if you are an experienced
experience of organising processes and on your current     practitioner and wish to further develop your ability to
consulting practice. We introduce Participatory Action     work successfully and effectively in organisations. You
Inquiry and explore alternative approaches to the          are currently working in an organisation intervention
consulting process.                                        role, be that as a change agent, facilitator, senior leader,
Module 2 explores the programme’s informing theories       external organisation or management consultant,
of organisation and change, thus providing an              internal consultant or advisor.
opportunity for you to look at and reflect on your own      The criteria for entry will normally be:
assumptions and beliefs.
                                                           • First degree or an equivalent academic award.      If you
Module 3 offers new and different ways of inquiring into
                                                             are a mature participant without an academic
                                                             qualification you will need to provide evidence of
Module 4 participants proceeding to the MSc pathway          appropriate conceptual and study skills
are joined by alumni and by researchers from other
                                                           • At least five years’ experience in an organisational
institutions at workshop 10, in preparation for their
                                                             intervention role
dissertation research. The dissertation process is
supported through individual and group supervision.        • The ability to reflect on and learn from your actions.
                                                             You need to be motivated to participate in a peer
(For details regarding the Doctoral stream please see
                                                             learning community, and have some awareness of
page 14.)
                                                             your emotional and behavioural processes.
Participants also join a consulting application group
(CAG) which meets for a day between workshops. The
group provides an opportunity to integrate all elements
of learning into practice.

Each module consists of a series of three to four
                                                           “It seems to me that if we aspire to
3-day workshops with different orientations:                a sustainable future, we need to
• Experiential – focused on self in the context of an       develop our reflexive capability to
  organisation, a group and the programme
                                                            challenge some of our most deeply
• Professional – focused on developing consulting
                                                            held assumptions. As a reflexive
• Theoretical – focused on developing a rich and            and relational practitioner I’m not
  contemporary framework of processes for organising,       only interested in the
  learning, changing and consulting.
                                                            consequences of my actions, I am
                                                            willing to examine the nature of my
                                                            engagement with others, with
                                                            organisations and with the wider
                                                            Kathleen King, Programme Director

    Programme description – AMOC/ADOC shared modules
    Module 1 – Engaging and inquiring                             Workshop 1 – Forming and organising
    The purpose of this module is to:                             Congruent with our perspective on organisations as
                                                                  complex social process, this workshop is an analogue
    • Enable you to connect fully with the depth and
                                                                  of a new and developing organisation, with faculty
      breadth of your experience; to reflect on your
                                                                  members in a leadership role. The aim of this workshop
      achievements, and thereby to develop a realistic
                                                                  is to provide you with an experience of participating in
      sense of your capability and learning potential
                                                                  the formation and development of the programme
    • Connect your history and experiences to a newly             organisation. It is an opportunity for you to reflect on
      forming organisation; to gain a sense of yourself as
                                                                  your experience of organising processes, how you think
      an individual participating in a group with a common
                                                                  about organisations, and on your own style of
      purpose of learning; and to develop a sense of the
                                                                  participating, learning and consulting.
      support and possibility provided by a co-created
                                                                  During this workshop Consulting Application Groups
                                                                  (CAGs) will be introduced and formed.
    • Introduce you to the principles of participative inquiry
                                                                  Consulting application groups (CAGs)
    • Provide a perspective and overview of the learning
      territory to be covered, and relate this realistically to   CAGs run throughout the programme up to Module 4.
      your current level of capability.                           Each group consists of about six members plus a tutor.
                                                                  The purpose of CAGs is to:
    Reflective Evaluation of Learning Experience
                                                                  • Support the development of your professional
                                                                    and personal capabilities throughout the duration
    This is a programme for experienced practitioners, and          of the programme
    at the start of the programme you will be invited to
                                                                  • Enable you to clarify your learning purpose and
    reflect on your learning and experience to date. You will
                                                                    review your learning experience
    already have convinced members of faculty during the
    application process that you come with significant skills,     • Provide a forum for peer review, and peer
                                                                    assessment of some assignments
    knowledge and self-awareness. At the RELE briefing
    workshop we will support you to write a reflective             • Provide an opportunity for sharing, reflecting on, and
    account and to develop a ‘storyboard’ which gives               dealing with issues, concerns or problems arising in
    evidence of your learning so far and forms the first             the workplace or on the programme
    stage of the assessment process. As this is also the          • Link theory and practice by exploring your real-life
    start of the programme, this workshop is the first stage         organisational issues
    in building the learning community.
                                                                  • Provide opportunities for group facilitation practice,
                                                                    and the development of ‘shadow consulting’ skills.

                                                                  Your CAG facilitator will also provide you with tutorial
                                                                  support and supervision in exploring theoretical
                                                                  perspectives and developing theoretical integration. |
Workshop 2 – Philosophical perspectives                     Workshop 4 – Psychological perspectives
This workshop will introduce participatory action inquiry
                                                            This workshop is concerned with understanding
as a methodology to apply to organisation consulting
                                                            process in groups and organisations and the interplay
and personal development. You will employ this
                                                            between self and other. The learning approach will be
methodology to investigate both the development of
                                                            primarily experiential and will be based on a relational
the programme organisation, and your own
                                                            theory of psychology. It will also be informed by the
developmental needs as a member of the organisation.
                                                            philosophy and practice of Gestalt with some insights
Workshop 3 – The practice of consulting                     and concepts from Psychodynamic theory.

This workshop will prompt you to explore rigorously and     Workshop 5 – Sociological perspectives
review your current consulting practice, to clarify the
                                                            At the heart of the programme is our assumption that
underlying metaphors, values and epistemology of your
                                                            organisations are complex networks of relationship and
work, and to share this with other participants. The
                                                            interaction. In this workshop we make a critical
approaches and assumptions informing the consulting
                                                            assessment of the theories of Complexity and Dialogue
practice within the faculty will be presented, together
                                                            that inform that assumption and consider the
with opportunities to explore your own design
                                                            implications of each for consulting practice. Both place
                                                            emphasis on the quality of conversation and this
                                                            workshop will give an extended opportunity to assess
Module 2 – Exploring informing                              how far it is possible to influence thinking
theories                                                    in complex environments.
This module explores a range of theories broadly
                                                            Workshop 6 – Social construction and
located within a social constructionist philosophy.
                                                            Appreciative Inquiry
It provides a forum within which you are encouraged to
explore your own theories of organisations and              This workshop will explore the view that our
consulting, to review your assumptions as they emerge       understanding of the world and our participation in
in theoretical conversations and your theories in use as    it is the consequence of inherited and socially shaped
they reflect on your practice with your colleagues.          frameworks for making meaning. The challenging
Operating from the view of organisations as dynamic,        implications of this view for our membership of
complex human processes, we will scrutinise                 organisations and roles as consultants will be
established consulting practice and explore alternative     considered. In particular, we will look at Appreciative
approaches to the consulting process. Throughout the        Inquiry as an approach to consulting practice that has
module we will utilise the emerging organisation of the     been developed out of these beliefs. The workshop will
programme as an analogue of the issues and                  explore the underlying thinking and methodologies of
processes in client organisations and expect it to          Appreciative Inquiry and will look at its application
represent a rich source of live case material for review.   through a number of case studies.

Using real client situations, shadow consulting and         Ashridge has a partnership with the Weatherhead
guided reading, we will explore the interplay of theory     School of Management at Case Western Reserve
and practice and will require you to examine emerging       University in Cleveland Ohio. This workshop will take
approaches to intervention and participation in             place on their campus in the United States. This is part
organisations.                                              of an exchange arrangement whereby participants from

    Programme description continued
    their Masters in Positive Organizational Development         Workshop 8 – Contextual perspectives
    programme visit us at Ashridge to participate in a           In this workshop we deliberately extend the focus of
    workshop on Complexity, an Open Space conference             our attention to take in the wider context of an
    with AMOC participants and organisational visits.            organisation’s operation. The overall framework of
                                                                 inquiry will encompass ethical and practical issues
    Module 3 – Integrating                                       associated with corporate globalisation, the relationship
                                                                 of the organisation to its stakeholders and the challenge
    In this module you will begin to integrate your learning
                                                                 of ecological sustainability.
    about organisations, about the nature of change and
    about consulting as a profession. It will challenge you to   Workshop 9 – Emerging consulting practice
    reflect on your role as a facilitator of change, and your
                                                                 This is the second integrating workshop and focuses
    relationship to the broader social and ecological
                                                                 on how you are now making sense of yourself as a
    contexts within which you live and work. Using the
                                                                 consulting practitioner. The spirit of the workshop is to
    temporary organisation of the programme, you will
                                                                 offer you an opportunity to integrate the various
    practise various inquiry and consulting methodologies
                                                                 theoretical frameworks that underpin the AMOC
    and examine the congruence of your espoused theories
                                                                 approach to consulting, and to take this integration into
    and enacted values, and enhance your consulting skills
                                                                 your consulting. Opportunities for extensive consulting
    by participating in the design and facilitation of
                                                                 experimentation and reflection will provide the learning
    workshops and CAGs.
                                                                 vehicle for this integration.
    Workshop 7 – Change as lived experience
    The main theme of this workshop will be your emerging
    ways of perceiving and understanding the process of            During this module you will need to decide
    organising and change in organisations. We will draw           whether you intend to take the Masters or join
    on your experience of the group as an organising               the Doctoral stream.
    process, as source material; we will invite you to reflect
    on how it informs your emerging integration of
    organising theories which you have encountered during
    your experience of the programme. You will also be
    asked to review current theories and models of change
    and consider how your emerging integration is
    informing your practice. |
The Masters stream (AMOC)
Module 4 – Dissertation                                       Assessment
The final six months are dedicated to writing a                You will be expected to complete a series of
dissertation. The dissertation is a culmination and           assignments as the programme progresses.
extension of your learning during the programme. It will      Detailed guidance on assessment requirements and
take the form of a self-directed action research project      criteria are given in the Participant Handbook, and
that represents the development of your practice.             opportunities to discuss these with your CAG facilitator
During this period, supervisory and peer support is           and with workshop leaders will be available.
provided by dissertation supervision groups.                  Assessment of assignments will be by a combination of
                                                              tutor, self and peer assessment. The assignments will
Workshop 10 – Action Inquiry
                                                              count for 66% of the final degree evaluation, with the
The module is launched with a final workshop which is          dissertation counting for the remaining 34%.
intended to provide a bridge into the dissertation
                                                              For AMOC participants the dissertation will be
process. This session will give you an opportunity to
                                                              undertaken during the fourth module and provides a
present and work with your proposed research
                                                              process for integrating the application of the learning
question and methodology in a participatory fashion
                                                              from the whole programme. The broad aim of the
and setting. The workshop includes a conference to
                                                              dissertation will be to provide you with an opportunity to
which researchers from other business schools are
                                                              reflect critically on a major piece or sequence of
invited to bring their differing perspectives, and provides
                                                              consulting work in a client organisation, focusing on
a lively exchange of ideas and practical support.
                                                              change and learning in both the client and in your own
                                                              role, utilising relevant theoretical frameworks.

    The Doctoral stream (ADOC)
    Application process                                       Module 1D – Inquiry proposal
    In the course of Module 3, described on page 11, you      This module forms the transition between the MSc and
    will need to decide whether you will complete the         the first level of the professional doctorate qualification
    Masters’ dissertation for the MSc award, or seek to       (MProf). Participants who seek to continue beyond MSc
    proceed to Doctoral level. Should you decide to           level will be expected to transfer to MProf level in the
    proceed with the Doctorate in Organisational Change,      first instance, with the option to exit with an MProf, or
    you will be expected to engage with your tutor and a      continue on the Doctoral route. For participants
    member of the Doctorate faculty in a conversation         proceeding beyond the MSc, Module 1D is dedicated
    about your readiness to do so. AMOC alumni and other      to developing a broad outline of their inquiry, its topic,
    candidates with comparable qualifications will need to     methodology, and anticipated field of theory in which
    apply separately, and will be interviewed by members of   they expect to ground their inquiry. In order to gain
    the Doctorate faculty.                                    acceptance on the Doctoral stream you will be
                                                              expected to complete successfully an acceptance
    Programme description
                                                              paper before the start of Module 1D.
    The Doctorate programme seeks to establish an
    active community of practitioners who, individually and   Workshop 1 – Action Inquiry
    collaboratively, contribute to the body of knowledge in   This module starts with a workshop which is intended
    the field of organisation consulting and change.           to support you in developing your inquiry proposal. We
    Together with faculty, they will engage in the            will explore issues around the nature of reality
    systematic development of knowing, through a further      (ontology), of knowing (epistemology) and of inquiring
    series of workshops and master classes, supported         (methodology). You will have the opportunity to present
    by research supervision groups. This programme            and work with your proposed research question and
    requires a further 3½ years’ study, subsequent to         methods in a participatory setting. During the
    completion of Module 3.                                   workshop, supervision groups, with faculty supervisors
                                                              for the first phase of the programme, are formed.

                                                              Following the workshop, you will work, with the support
                                                              of your supervision group and supervisor, to produce
                                                              your inquiry proposal.

    ADOC is accredited by the University of Middlesex’s
    School of Lifelong Learning and Education, home of
    the Work Based Learning department. |
Module 2D – Developing inquiries and                          Module 4D – Writing up and practical
presenting experience                                         implications
This module consists of three 3-day workshops                 In this module you will write up your experience, your
designed to combine group inquiries with particular           inquiry process and method, your proposition, and its
aspects of your practice through relevant                     implications for your practice. You will work largely on
methodologies. The third day of each workshop is              your own, with regular meetings with your supervisor to
dedicated to reviewing your written work and overall          assess progress. At this stage supervision groups will
progress in your supervision group.                           meet depending on individuals’ preferences and
The overall intention of this module is to equip you with     progress. When the supervisor and participant agree
sufficient understanding of your area of inquiry, of its       that the paper is ready, it will go forward to a viva.
content and of your intended research methodology to
support progress to the Doctoral level.                       Supervision groups
The responsibility for design of the first workshop rests      The supervision groups will run at least until Module 4D,
with ADOC faculty. The subsequent workshops will be           after which they become optional. These groups will
designed collaboratively by selected participants and         provide you with support and challenge in your
faculty, according to their focus of interest, to provide a   inquiries. You will use this opportunity to explore your
combination of methodological and content insight.            topics, methodological and epistemological issues,
At the end of this module participants continuing on the      theoretical grounding and presentational form. Together
Doctorate in Organisational Change stream will be             with the large group gatherings at the workshops, it is
expected to produce a transfer paper.                         intended that these smaller supervision groups will
Participants choosing to exit with an MProf qualification      contribute to making this Doctorate programme a less
will present their MProf dissertation at this stage and       lonely journey than is traditionally often the case.
have a final viva.

                                                              Tutorial support
Module 3D – Formulating and testing                           You will have access to an individual tutor who will
propositions                                                  provide support and supervision in epistemological and
Module 3D consists of four participant-led workshops.         methodological issues and in ensuring that your inquiry
The aims of this module are to develop emerging               develops towards a unique contribution to the field of
propositions about your practice which have the               consulting.
potential to contribute new knowledge to your chosen
field. These emerging propositions will be presented in
the course of the workshops to test them with peers.
By the end of the module, you will be expected to
produce a progression paper, which clearly documents
your research process, outlines the qualities with which
you claim to have undertaken your research and the
impact it has had on your practice to date.

      Kathleen King                                               Kevin Power
      MA, PCGE, MBA, PhD                                          MSc (Org Cons), CIPD,
      Programme Director                                          ACCA, IMS
      As programme director for the                               Faculty Member
      Ashridge Masters in Organisational                          Kevin is an experienced senior
      Consulting and Doctorate in                                 consultant who specialises in helping
      Organisational Change, Kathleen seeks to support            clients to make sense of complex leadership
      practitioners in research that critically examines          challenges. These are often associated with the
      organisational reality and explores how consultants can     demand for renewal and transformation strategies.
      make a genuine contribution. She is interested in           During a corporate career working in a diversity of
      enabling individual learning in the service of              management roles for Diageo, Cadbury Schweppes
      organisational change and innovation. Kathleen’s            and Marks & Spencer, he has seen first hand the
      academic practice is firmly rooted in her experience as      valuable lessons that come from the successes and
      a leader and consultant. She has worked across              failures of well intentioned interventions.
      market sectors and cultures in private, not for profit and
      public organisations.

      Andrew Day                                                  Caryn Vanstone
      BSc (Hons), MSc,                                            MSc, MCIPD
      C.Psychol, D.Psych                                          Faculty Member
      Faculty Member                                              Caryn is head of Ashridge Consulting
      Andrew has over fifteen years                                Change Practice, and is influenced
      experience of working with large                            by years working as both a line
      complex organisations. He has worked with                   manager and change specialist in industry, working in
      organisations in the Telecommunications,                    the post-privatisation UK Water Industry. She consulted
      Manufacturing, Public Sector including the HMRC,            on projects including outsourcing, mergers and JV’s,
      Healthcare, Energy and Charitable sectors. He has           customer centricity, IT system change, individual/team
      worked on many cross – cultural projects within Europe      leadership development and major restructuring and
      and between Europe and the United States. Prior to          downsizing programmes. She designed and led
      joining Ashridge, he worked for eight years as an           projects combining rational/structural and emotional/
      internal organisation development consultant for Ford       relational aspects of change.
      Motor Company.
Hugh Pidgeon                                                Billy Desmond
MA, PGCE, AC.Dip                                            MBA, MSc
Faculty Member                                              Faculty Member
Hugh has extensive experience in the                        Billy believes that while all individuals
fields of strategic thinking, innovation                     have an ability to respond to change,
and creativity, arbitration and conflict                     he understands that in organisations
resolution, and ecologically sustainable development.       change occurs in relationship to others and/or our
He has worked with a number of leading international        environment, not in isolation to oneself. This means
companies in architecture, broadcasting, renewable          that in working with clients he encourages his clients to
energy generation, the automotive and construction          explore the continuum of ‘intimate i.e. interpersonal’
industries, food retailing, media telecommunications        and strategic ways of relating from which an increased
and the financial sector. He has worked with all the         awareness of the individual/team’s ‘way of being’ is
services of the criminal justice system in the UK, and is   achieved.
a trustee of the charity Prison Dialogue and of the
Music Research Institute.

Sarah Beart
Faculty Member
Sarah’s main interests are in
organisation change and
development, interorganisational
relationships, executive coaching and corporate culture.
She prefers to take a whole-organisation approach,
working collaboratively to uncover assumptions and
develop fresh insights to stimulate and support both
personal and organisational change. Sarah has been
using these ideas to consult to clients in the
pharmaceutical and IT industries, in professional
services firms and to entrepreneurs, working both in her
native English and in German.




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Ashridge works globally from its base located 50 kilometres north-west of London,
near Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, within easy reach of London’s international
airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and City; and the main railway and
motorway networks.
A detailed map and directions can be downloaded from

Ashridge Consulting Limited
Hertfordshire HP4 1NS
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1442 841386
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