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Programme: MPhil with specialisation in Change Leadership

Code Faculty Department
07254020 Gordon Institute of Business Science Department: Gordon Institute of Business Science
Credits Duration NQF level SAQA ID
Minimum duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 180 NQF level:  09 SAQA ID:  12157

Programme information

The degree comprises the writing of a dissertation and coursework.
Full particulars of the degree programme are contained in a brochure which is available from the departmental website.

Admission requirements

  1. Relevant honours (or equivalent) degree
    or
  2. Relevant postgraduate diploma

Additional requirements

Refer to General Regulation G.55.
NB:  All modules are compulsory. Candidates must pass all the modules, including the mini-dissertation, to be awarded the degree MPhil (Change Leadership).

Examinations and pass requirements

  1. The minimum pass mark for each prescribed course is 50%, provided that a subminimum of 45% has been obtained in the examined component.
  2. A candidate who has failed more than two courses may not continue with their studies for the degree, except with the approval of the Dean.

Minimum credits: 180

Students need to select 4 electives of 6 credits each. Students must contact the Faculty Administration to establish which electives are being offered.

Core modules

  • Module content:

    This module aims to provide students with a historical and contemporary overview of environmental, social and technological change. Students will learn about the history of business strategy but especially consider strategy in times of rapid change. There will also be a focus how contemporary technological shifts are shaping business strategy. Issues of global turbulence, socio-economic inequality and environmental sustainability will be considered.

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  • Module content:

    This module will look at new forms of organisation and how organisations are evolving in lieu of contextual disruption and strategic pressures. This will include a focus on the growing relationship and interface between technology and people. This module will include an understanding of contemporary cultural, structural and human resourcing issues in business. It will also situate the organisation in its contextual context and pay specific attention to new African organisational dynamics.

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  • Module content:

    This module aims to expose students to a variety of business innovation processes including those associated with technology-oriented firms. It will also examine established and new approaches to organisational change and change leadership. Students will learn many of the methodologies for operating systemically, communicating effectively, managing conflict, overcome stakeholder resistance and working across boundaries. They will learn how to build the support systems for workforce adaptation.

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  • Module content:

    Change leadership requires not just ‘knowing’ - but ‘being’ and ‘doing’. This substantive and extensive module will develop student’s personal capacities to enable real change. This will be achieved through a professional coaching journey that will include exposure to the latest tools and methodologies in the coaching field. Students will learn how to create sustainable performance at the organisation and personal levels. They will come to understand their own responses to change and explore the kind of change leader they want to become. They will also importantly learn how to coach others and create an enabling environment for other people to thrive.

    Coaching is a powerful intervention to enhance performance, embed sustainable change and develop strong and resilient leadership in organisations. This module will draw on the GIBS Coaching Programme is part of the GIBS Personal and Applied Learning (PAL) portfolio – an initiative that generates world-class theory and practice for optimal individual effectiveness, learning and development.

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  • Module content:

    This module helps students to conceptualise a research design. It covers how the choice of a research design relates to the chosen analytic method (Qualitative Research, Quantitative Research or Mixed Methods). Students are expected to relate the business challenge to the research design and to justify the selection of a given design for a given problem. The objectives of the module are to help students: make informed decisions about their research design; and understand the implications of selecting a given research design in particular around the questions that can be answered.

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  • Module content:

    Students must submit a mini-dissertation on an approved topic. 

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The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of students to familiarise themselves well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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