Aims and philosophy

The MAMLL programme aims to provide participants with the conceptual and experiential stimulus to improve their own understanding and practice of management learning and leadership – and, with it, that of their organisations.

This is done by creating an intellectual environment, both physical and virtual, where participants and tutors work together and try out new ideas in a supportive, self-managed learning community.

By enabling you to exchange ideas and experiences with others, MAMLL will help you to:

  • Develop critical understanding of your own and others' theories and practices
  • Engage with the latest debates on management learning and leadership, and reflect on their implications for people and organisations
  • Examine wider social, political, ethical and philosophical issues and how they affect practice
  • Explore theories and practices within and beyond closed management and leadership traditions
  • Sharpen your skills in critical thinking and your analytical abilities
  • Boost both your professional expertise and your self-confidence, enabling you to take on new challenges in your current and future career

At all times, you are challenged to take a critical approach – unpicking management fads and fashions and questioning established practices and beliefs.

An open syllabus

We believe that individuals often know what they need to become more effective, and have a keen sense of their own priorities and interests. That is why, unlike many other Masters programmes which have set curricula, we work with an ‘open syllabus’: the content of the workshops, and the literature drawn upon, is shaped by both tutors and participants.

This approach also allows you, with support and encouragement from your peers and tutors, to choose the topic, perspective and research method most appropriate for you.

Self-managed learning

People learn and manage in many different ways – in recognition of this, MAMLL lets you set your own priorities for learning and focus on topics relevant to your practice. You are thus shaping both what you learn and how you learn. At the same time we recognise that, to be most effective, this process needs to be facilitated. Tutors add new perspectives to the ideas participants already have, by sharing thoughts, concepts, models, etc, from their own research and practice, their academic interests and the literature.