Executive Doctorate in Organisational Change

The Executive Doctorate in Organisational Change is a Professional Doctorate aimed at those who wish to work beyond the confines of conventional leadership as they develop radical new ways of contributing to the wider environment in which our organisations operate. Not only will participants develop their thought leadership as they offer unique contributions to the field of knowledge, they will also pursue innovative new practices and ways of working in organisations and institutions.

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Our Executive Doctorate in Organisational Change combines a fundamentally pragmatic approach, rooted in the experiences of professional practice, with a programme of the highest academic standards. Content is immediately applicable back in your workplace and you are encouraged to share your personal experiences with fellow participants in a collegiate learning environment.

This PhD programme is designed in three modules, which provide a progressive pathway through inquiries that combine, at each stage, an increasing depth of understanding about the construction and use of knowledge as well as its application in a particular field of practice.

  • Module 1: Engaging in Inquiry, Spring 2022
  • Module 2: Developing Inquiries and Presenting Experience, Summer 2022 - December 2023
  • Module 3: Testing Propositions and Formulating Practical Implications, Jan 2023 - Oct 2024

You will develop the disciplines and skills of reflective writing, through practical assignments as you progress inquiry. The development of the final thesis is an opportunity for an extended practical inquiry with the support of your supervisor and cohort peers.

Events and Open Days

16th September 2021

Dates & Fees

  • Length: 5 years
  • Location: Ashridge

Next start date: January 2022

Deadline: October 2021.

Next Open day: tbc

Application process:

  • Attend Open Day to meet faculty and other prospective participants
  • Interview with faculty to discuss your application
  • The successful completion of an Acceptance Paper

Entry requirements:

  • A masters degree, or equivalent academic award
  • Minimum of five years' experience in an organizational change, management or leadership role
  • Proficiency in English


Jill Hughes

"This was a profound developmental experience that gave me the insight and courage to confront my practice as an organizational consultant and inspired me to create new ways of working with clients and colleagues that had deep relational integrity at the heart of our relationships. It is my hope that my story, with all its turns and twists, may have wider relevance for others in organizational consulting"

Jill Hughes

Director, Jill Hughes Consulting Ltd.


kate McArdle

Kate McArdle

BSc, PhD

Geoff Mead

Geoff Mead

BA, DipPG (Gestalt), MBA, PhD

Megan Reitz

Megan Reitz

MA (Cantab), MSc, MRes, PhD

Steve Marshall

Steve Marshall

BA (Hons), MBA, MSc, DProf

Kerrie Fleming

Gill Coleman

BA (Hons), CQSW, MSc, PhD

Kerrie Fleming

Kerrie Fleming

B.Comm, MBS, PhD

Margaret Gearty

Margaret Gearty

B.A.I, MSc, MSc, PhD

Kerrie Fleming

James Traeger

BA (hons), PG Dip (Psych), PhD

Kerrie Fleming

Amy Bradley

BA (Hons) , MBA, PhD


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