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Modules for the University of Exeter

University of Exeter students may encounter members of our team as part of MSc projects and dissertations, and the following modules:

Industry 4.0 and the advances of digital technologies offers the opportunity to develop data-driven products, services and business. The module brings together creative methods and design thinking approaches to apply digital technologies to address societal or business challenges.

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Industry 4.0 and the advances of digital technologies offers the opportunity to develop data-driven products, services and business. The module brings together creative methods and design thinking approaches to apply digital technologies to address societal or business challenges.

Students from across the Business School can undertake their own in-depth research study into a subject of interest related to their degree programme. They will benefit from having the opportunity to plan and manage their individual piece of research on a topic of their interest, which may not have been covered in depth during regular modules. This Dissertation module is supported with classes that explain the process, the principles of management research, and provide guidance on working with your supervisor.

The Leading people and organisations module is themed weekly to build knowledge and understanding from leading self through operational leadership to strategic leadership, and explores within those themes learning outcomes associated with the Senior leader Apprenticeship standard (ST0480_V1.1).

In a world increasingly characterised as VUCA – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – few things are assured. We can be relatively certain that an insatiable demand for high quality products and services will only be met by individuals and organisations who invest in learning how to manage innovation within an increasingly digital world. While stakeholders are rarely willing to compromise on quality, the demand for value is greater than ever. Traditional business models are increasingly being turned on their head in both B2C and B2B markets.

This module covers 2 core topics: Digital Business and Entrepreneurship.

As the business world experiences an increase in the scope and pace of change, dealing effectively with uncertainty becomes a must for business survival. Current themes such as the 4th industrial revolution and the associated ‘future of work’, ecosystem-centred innovation coupled with the global environmental and social challenges require us to engage in new ways of doing business.

We are living and working in a period of continual disruption, which we can define as major changes that unbalance and reorganize the ways that individuals, organizations, societies and their ecosystems connect and act. The 21st century is only 20 years old, and we have already experienced significant shocks and change following 9/11 attacks in 2001, the 2007-8 financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The same period has seen the rise of China as a global and economic power. Technology centred firms like Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Tencent have harnessed the potential of the internet to create and dominate new markets in the digital era. Concerns over the future of our planet have risen to be central to the discussions of politicians, decision makers in business and society more broadly.

This module takes the form of some introductory lecture content and readings, leading up to a 100% immersive, online ‘gamified’ activity, during which you learn about an existing organisational service, and design a digital replacement.

This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of digital transformation. To be sustainable, any organisation must position itself for success in the digital era. For new organisations, this means creating a set of structures and practices appropriate to the fast-paced dynamic environment in which they will operate. For large existing organisations (LEOs) this means transforming existing ways of working to meet current and future needs. As a result, digital transformation activities now form an integral part of strategy and decision-making at all organizations in both the public and private sectors.

This module provides an introduction to organisations and their management. It introduces students to major elements of management theory, both historic and contemporary in nature. We have a major focus on exploring the future of management practice, and will engage students with key pieces of research emerging from the Business School.

Innovation is an essential element in determining and maintaining competitiveness, and in ensuring the long-term survival of enterprises. Without innovation and the adoption of innovative technology, the chances of a firm to be competitive in the world arena diminish. This module focuses on the interfaces between technology and innovation from managerial perspectives. The key objective is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the importance of innovation in a firm’s business strategy as well as exploring the many different challenges facing managers responsible for the long-term development of their business.

This module has the following related aims:

  • To develop a global understanding of the most important issues that businesses face related to Information Systems, Technology and their management
  • To acquire the necessary skills to assess business opportunities and threats stemming from Information Systems and Technology
  • To become familiar with the current trends in Information Systems and Technology and their implications for businesses

This module introduces you to the field of applied management consulting and develops an understanding of the principles, tools and processes involved through a ‘hands-on’ live project with a client organisation. It is a practical experience designed to develop consultancy and other transferable skills.

This module is one of the modules included in the With Proficiency In (WPI) Entrepreneurship programme, and available mainly to second year students.

The module is designed to introduce you to how individuals behave entrepreneurially to create sustainable value using their available means. The module’s core components (e.g., Sustainable Value Creation; Effectual Entrepreneurship) are delivered online covering how to explore the feasibility, desirability, and viability of entrepreneurial ideas. We use a practice-based approach enabling you to experience the early stages of an entrepreneurial process through the development of their own entrepreneurial idea (which can be based on for-profit or non-profit logic).

The digital economy has created significant opportunities while generating new modes of competition in both ‘traditional’ and new sectors of the economy. Established businesses need to appreciate the capabilities of digital technologies within the organisational context in which they will be embedded in order to effectively capture value through digital innovation, while entrepreneurs have few such constraints.