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The University of Auckland Business School

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About the course

In a world of radical transformation, effective leaders of people and culture are critical to an organisation’s success. But how do we respond to innovation and the changing nature of work? How do we plan to adapt in a world where 98% of roles will be impacted by new technologies? How do we think differently to organize work and build culture? How do we move from where we are to where we need to be?

Why this programme?

This highly experiential programme equips ambitious, mid-career professionals with the skills to answer these questions. Participants expand their capability to think strategically, behave collaboratively and make value-driven decisions. They develop an enterprise leadership mindset and skills for communicating and collaborating with other business leaders to make change.

Programme content

Module themes:

  • Innovation and the changing nature of work – what do we do NOW?
  • Developing and executing strategy
  • Understanding and relating to ‘business’ and costing the intangibles (or the ‘soft’ stuff)
  • Building cultures that adapt to change
  • Learning to collaborate and communicate across boundaries
  • Demonstrating executive presence

Each module includes a mix of:

  • Interactive workshops with senior Business School faculty
  • Leading industry speakers and facilitators
  • Live case studies on effective people and culture strategies and initiatives
  • Peer group interaction between modules and group-based learning
  • Readings and strategic conversations
  • Work on strategic initiatives for the sponsoring organisation
  • Mentoring to be successful
  • Reflection on the application of learning on the job

Individual and organisational benefits


Participants will:

  • Get an ‘inside look’ at some of NZ’s leading companies and government departments and learn how they are meeting their challenges
  • Learn how the industry is changing and identify trends that will shape the future of work
  • Meet peers and leaders with whom they can form strong and lasting relationships
  • Be mentored and coached by the best business, academic and industry experts
  • Undertake a strategic project designed to make a real difference to their organisation


The organisation will:

  • Gain ROI through implementation of the participant’s strategic initiative
  • Achieve greater leadership bench strength
  • Partner with the Business School and gain access to diverse networks across organisations that can minimise reinvention and provide valuable counse

Who should attend

  • Suitable for participants from any field who want to understand better how to work with people and culture in rapidly changing times
  • HR, OD, capability and leaders of people who wish to grow into strategic leadership roles
  • Professionals with the potential to progress to senior leadership roles within the next five years

Trust the experts

Suvi Nenonen

Suvi is an associate professor of Strategy and Marketing at the Business School. She has previously been an associate professor at Hanken School of Economics in Finland, where students voted her Teacher of the Year in 2013. Prior to entering academia full time, Suvi worked for more than ten year...


Daniel Vidal

Dr Daniel Vidal is a general management consultant with strong hands-on systems and business strategy development experience gained in top international companies. He has an extensive consulting and advisory background with specific strengths in IT-driven transformation, strategy, business perfor...


Darl Kolb

A pioneering theorist on social and technical connectivity. Darl is now studying the links between connectivity and performance in distributed work teams in global firms. He received his PhD in organisational behaviour from Cornell University. Darl is a pioneering theorist on social and technica...


Barbara Anne Plester

Barbara Plester's qualifications include a PhD in Management; a Master of Business Studies (MBS) (First Class Honours); a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS); and a Diploma of Teaching. Barbara joined the University of Auckland in 2007 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Manage...


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