Executive Doctorate in Organizational Change

An innovative program of advanced study and inquiry.

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Program Details

Length: 4+ years
Locations: Ashridge

Fees: £35,000 + VAT


Important Dates:
Open Days:

13 Sep 2018 - Register Here
20 Nov 2018 - Register Here

Application deadline: 
January 2019

The Executive Doctorate in Organizational Change is 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 organizations 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 organizations and institutions.

While maintaining the highest academic standards, the program takes a fundamentally pragmatic approach that is rooted in the lived experience of professional practice. Program content is immediately applicable back to your workplace and you are encouraged to share your personal experiences with fellow participants in a collegiate learning environment.

The program 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, Mar - Aug 2019
  • Module 2: Developing Inquiries and Presenting Experience, Sep 2019 - Dec 2020 
  • Module 3: Testing Propositions and Formulating Practical Implications, Jan 2021 - Oct 2022 

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

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Admissions and fees

This program leads to the Ashridge Doctorate in Professional Studies in Organizational Change.

Next start date: March 2019

Funding support: Yes

Deadline: Due to a limited number of spaces remaining, please ensure you submit your application as soon as possible, and no later than January 2019

Application process:

  • Attendance at an Open Day, where you will meet the faculty and other prospective participants
    • Upcoming Open Days:
  • An interview with a member of staff to discuss your application, and determine your ability to meet the challenges of this highly demanding program
  • The successful completion of an Acceptance Paper

Entry requirements:

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

Faculty profiles

The faculty is made up of experienced practitioners who are experts in supporting individuals as they challenge them to develop their skills and expertise. Operating as members of the group and as facilitators, they create a supportive, engaging and robust learning environment. Faculty members accompany you on your learning journey. Rather than being remote specialists, they create an atmosphere of debate and dialogue, rather than teaching and telling.


Gill Coleman              BA (Hons), CQSW, MSc, PhD


Kerrie Fleming     
B.Comm, MBS, PhD


Margaret Gearty    
B.A.I, MSc, MSc, PhD 


Kate McArdle         
BSc, PhD


Geoff Mead              
BA, DipPG (Gestalt), MBA, PhD


Megan Reitz          
MA (Cantab), MSc, MRes, PhD


Steve Marshall        
BA (Hons), MBA, MSc, DProf

Participant feedback

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.