Leading Technology and Innovation in Organisations
Leading organisational change in the work place is a key skill for aspiring leaders and managers to develop, and this online course is aimed at developing individuals coming from technical backgrounds and roles. We’ll help you with key concepts, frameworks, tools and techniques to implement changes and innovation.
This online course will help you build on your technical knowledge to include more general management and leadership concepts. It will provide you with a foundational knowledge of key concepts and frameworks to manage change and transformation, as well as an awareness of the practical applications of data science within organisations.
A strong component of the course is a focus on professional development, including influencing, communicating with and leading others. You will have the option to complete an online psychometric assessment (Emotional Intelligence 2.0) which is followed by a 1-2-1 online feedback session with a trained EQi coach. This will help contextualise learning and provide an opportunity for additional reflection and accountability. The course combines case study discussions, personal reflections and peer-to-peer learning to encourage interaction and debate.
This course is perfect for individuals who want to expand their technical knowledge and include more general management and leadership concepts. We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds who aspire to step into a leadership role.
Leading Technology and Innovation in Organisations will provide participants with foundational knowledge of key concepts and structures to manage change and transformation. They will also gain an awareness of the practical applications of data science within organisations and learn how to persuade, interact with and lead others - skills highly valued in many industries.
The course is led by Debbie Crompton, Lecturer in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Edinburgh Business School, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The University of Edinburgh Business School.
Participants will gain skills across five key topics related to leadership, data science and new ways of organising business activities. These topics include understanding the links between strategy and operations, decision making; understanding self and others (e.g. leadership skills and styles, emotional intelligence); innovation management (development process); communication around technology (influencing others, communications); managing and leading change.
Further information can be found in the course catalogue:
This online credit-bearing course is aimed at aspiring leaders and managers, who have technical backgrounds and roles in organisations. The course helps them lead and manage organisational changes by providing knowledge of the key concepts, frameworks, tools and techniques to implement changes and innovation in the work place.
This is an introductory/intermediate Masters course (SCQF Level 11). It develops your skills and/or provides a detailed overview of the subject - some foundational knowledge or experience is required. Please see the entry requirements for further details. Masters-level courses are relatively intensive and require independent learning, critical thinking, analysis and reflection.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.
Entry requirements by country - http://www.edin.ac/pgdf-entry-country
If you do not meet the minimum academic requirement, you may still be considered if:
- you have professional qualifications with substantial work experience, or
- you do not hold a degree or professional qualification, but you have - a very strong employment record demonstrating a high degree of responsibility
- Experience can be from any industry including the public sector, charitable organisations, or the arts.
You must be comfortable studying and learning in English if it is not your first language.
- Observe and appraise the complexity of work environment including how people relate to each other, how technologies influence practices and the role of decision making.
- Recognise and assess their own attributes in relation to personal leadership and influencing styles.
- Describe and discuss the theories, framework and methods to examine organisational change, and management of innovation and technology.
- Apply theories, frameworks and methods to lead and manage change, appropriate to the field, within an organisational context.
- Synthesise, communicate and present effectively clearly using multiple formats.
This is a 8-week course, comprising a total of 100 hours study. The course is delivered as an online course. New content will be released on a weekly basis as is worked through in self-study.
There will be weekly online live sessions on Zoom. Students are split into groups and will attend sessions either on Tuesdays 16.30-18.00 or on Wednesdays 9.30-11.00.
The assignment is submitted on an individual basis and makes up 100% of the final grade.
Course fees for 23/24 are £1,065 but funded places are available for people employed or unemployed in Scotland (residency requirements apply).
Through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Upskilling Fund, a limited number of fully-funded places are available on Data Upskilling Short Courses at The University of Edinburgh.
Funded places are available to those who meet SFC fee waiver criteria:
“Courses/provision is open to all Scottish-domiciled/’home fee’ students, which is consistent with SFC’s policy for core funded student places. Students from the rest of the UK (rUK) are not normally considered eligible for SFC funding. If however a university is working with a Scottish/UK employer which has a physical presence or operating in Scotland, rUK employees of that employer would be eligible.”
If you are from outside Scotland, you need to have settled status in the UK and meet other residency criteria:
- be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years immediately before course start date, and
- have ‘settled status’ in the UK (as set out in the Immigration Act 1971) at the course start date, and
- be ordinarily resident in Scotland at the course start date.
- You can find out more about residency criteria on the SAAS website or in this summary.
Funding eligibility will be assessed at the point of each application for each course; you may be asked to provide further information if you do not meet the general residence conditions. You can check your likely fee status here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/tuition-fees/fee-status/work-out Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss your funding eligibility before applying.
Please note that full-time students (including full-time PhD students) are not eligible for funding.
You will receive a certificate of completion after the final assessment date if you have submitted your coursework.
This course is offered as part of Data Science, Technology and Innovation, a flexible, modular, online programme designed to fully equip tomorrow's data professionals with courses available from across The University of Edinburgh in the sciences, medicine, arts and humanities. You can use credits achieved on this course towards postgraduate study on this programme (MSc, PG Diploma or PG Certificate), subject to approval by the Programme Director.
You may also be able to use credits achieved on this course towards other University of Edinburgh postgraduate programmes, subject to approval by the relevant Programme Director: