The rationale is allowing the student the opportunity to demonstrate the application, synthesis and evaluation of theories and frameworks to the identified area of the business or organisation.   It further provides evidence of critica lthinking. The module incorporates the required Research Methods, which will provide students with relevant underpinning knowledge and understanding to identify research aims and objectives and develop a research proposal that will form the basis of the dissertation.

Jenny Moon (Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University, UK) defines critical thinking as “a capacity to work with complex ideas whereby a person can make effective provision of evidence to justify a reasonable judgement.  The evidence, and therefore the judgement, will pay appropriate attention to the context of the judgement.   Critical thinking can be seen as a form of learning, in that new knowledge, in the formof the judgement, is formed in the process.”

A well-cultivated thinker:

  • Raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely
  • Gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas toi nterpret it effectively
  • Comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards
  • Thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought,recognising and assessing, as needs be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences; and
  • Communicates effectively with others in working out solutions to complex problems

On completion of the module participants should have further developed analytical and decision-making skills as applied to high-level leadership concepts, principles, and theories. Participants will also have honed their skills of identifying, benchmarking and aligning existing practices with best practice.  


The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the value of rigorous reasoning and how it can be communicated and applied effectively to the resolution of an organisational development related issue.It is designed to provide a means to both link and integrate all of the strands covered on the course.


On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Analyse complex organisational development issues with clarity and precision
  • Express a problem or issue from different perspectives
  • Compile information from a variety of sources such as data, facts,observations and experiences
  • Objectively organise that information and interpret or infer conclusions or solutions
  • Develop or critically appraise innovative theories, definitions,axioms, laws, principles or models
  • Challenge assumptions and presuppositions
  • Assess implications and consequences

A successful student should be able to demonstrate:



Analyse an issue using appropriate theoretical frameworks.


Discuss appropriate theories and paradigms in relation to organisation development and leadership.


Construct innovative frameworks to develop solutions to issues likely to confront the organization.


Apply best practice techniques to develop a range of scenarios.



Critically evaluate both the theory presented and practical applications of problem solving and decision making


Systematically evaluate scenarios and present rational responses in problem solving



Apply problem solving tools and techniques


Develop robust internal solutions


Apply objective reasoning rigorously to a variety of contexts found in business



Apply thinking disciplines to a range of business areas


Develop, articulate and defend innovative solutions to a range of business areas


Apply appropriate frameworks to the organisation


Demonstrate tangible improvements at individual and/or organisation level


Under supervision, the ideas explored in the dissertationwill be tested as follows, using the universal intellectual standards forclarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significanceand fairness.

Supervisors will review the following questions with students:

  • Does the title clearly reflect the area researched?
  • Are the aims and objectives of the dissertation clearly stated, explained and justified?
  • Does the literature review demonstrate an understanding of the research area?
  • To what extent has the student produced a critical literature review?
  • Has the student explicitly related the methodology to the research objectives?
  • Have the data collection and data analysis methods been described in sufficient detail?
  • How effectively has the student used the research methodology literature?
  • How well is the data analysis carried out?
  • How clearly are the results presented?
  • Have the key findings been identified?
  • How well are the findings linked to the literature review?
  • How appropriate are the conclusions?
  • Have recommendations for relevant stakeholders been made?
  • Have areas for future research been identified (where applicable)?


Teaching is solely on the basis of supervision by a tutorwith knowledge of the area under examination when appropriate. This will be supplemented with peer reviewand support. Students will be directedto read a range of books and articles to support their research method, their literature review and the process of writing up a dissertation.



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