Leadership and Organisational Governance

The Leadership and Organisational Governance pathway at The Open University is hosted by the Faculty of Business and Law. The faculty has an internationally recognised reputation in leadership and organisational governance as well as applying its research in a variety of settings with wider societal impact. The pathway will equip students to examine complex leadership and organisational governance phenomena, using both established and innovative social research methodologies to address the associated challenges.

Faculty members specialise in research on leadership and organisational governance topics including but not limited to:

  • Employment, empowerment and futures
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Policing
  • Public leadership
  • Voluntary sector leadership
  • Social marketing
  • Strategy
  • Business ethics and CSR
  • Inter-organisational collaboration
  • Social enterprise
  • Environmentally sustainable enterprise
  • Governance and social responsibility

The Leadership and Organisational Governance pathway is provided through two routes:

  • +3 in which students will have already completed a Master’s in a relevant area of leadership and organisational governance or a related social science area, which meets the 2015 ESRC Training Guidelines
  • +4 in which students undertake additional research training

Please indicate which of these two routes you are applying for. If you are unsure which is the best option for you please contact us and we can discuss this with you.

The Open University students are encouraged to engage in knowledge exchange with a range of non-academic partners. There are also opportunities for other knowledge exchange activities (such as research visits, seminars etc.) with private, public and third sector organisations. The Open University has links with a wide range of organisations such as the College of Policing, the International Development Organisation, the John Lewis Partnership, NAVCA, The People Space and the Women’s Business Council. Students with existing professional experience and/or networks relevant to their research will be encouraged to sustain and develop these during their studies.

Pathway leader: Dr Caroline Clarke

Contact: caroline.clarke@open.ac.uk

The Open University

Faculty of Business and Law
Structure of provision: +3, +4