MDP in Leadership for Change

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Dealing with Change in Complex Societies

New kinds of leadership skills are in demand at local, national, international and global levels. The challenges societies face have increased in complexity. Environmental and energy problems, the dynamics of global security, management of regional crises, provision of cost-effective public services and development of fertile grounds for entrepreneurship and business development are all systemic in nature. This means that various institutions and civic society actors must work together, negotiate and agree on the new ways of doing things.

The master’s degree programme enables developing the kind of knowledge and expertise that is needed to explain and understand complex phenomena, become a visionary leader, and to change the world. Leadership is understood as a capability to deal with change. Major changes require joint efforts of the government, private companies and other institutions. We bring together the perspectives of business and management from the private sector, the understanding about institutions and governance from the public administration as well as the knowledge of international relations and political processes from the area of politics.

The Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere provides a unique setting for studying multifaceted leadership dynamics. The Faculty offers high-quality academic research and teaching in the fields of business, public administration and politics – and this programme focuses on the intersection of these fields. The aim of the programme is to provide the student with a unique understanding of these different fields with a specific focus on leading the dynamics of societal change processes.

The programme prepares the graduates to work in private, public or the third sector in tasks that involve analyzing, planning and steering complex change processes which unfold at local, national, international and global levels. Students learn to carry out academic research on these phenomena, and acquire skills required for a potential academic career.

Read more about the programme here: http://www.uta.fi/jkk/en/studies/masters_programmes/leadershipforchange.html