Opportunities to better address disruption and challenge

MTAA members held a roundtable at ACU to discuss the question – How do we better educate our people to face disruption and challenge?

The roundtable was prompted by a Deloitte report on the Medtech industry which recommended the industry work closer with universities to develop both professional and research outcomes.

A key recommendation of the roundtable was the development of an industry specific qualification for Medtech leaders and potential leaders.

The aim of this unique and specialised qualification is to take students on a journey through the challenges and possibilities of modern Medtech business theories and practices.

The key theme underpinning these recommendations is that collaboration across industry, government, universities and research entities will be required to ensure that the measures implemented are long term, effective and have a lasting impact.
Medical Technology Industry Review, Deloitte Access Economics

Unit 1: Systemic and Complexity Thinking and Practices

  • Understanding methodologies and approaches in systemics
  • Exploring complex issues through systemic processes
  • Systemic thinking to enhance enterprise resilience
  • Engaging diverse perspectives in management
  • Designing a systemic intervention
  • Promoting participatory leadership in issues of change and development

Unit 2: Innovation for Sustainability

  • Unlocking innovation potential
  • Experience-based vs. information-based decision making
  • The sustainability and resilience connection
  • Becoming an internal change agent
  • Creating entrepreneurship and creative thinking
  • Explore vs. exploit
  • Management system design
  • Stakeholder engagement strategies
  • Optimisation of operations
  • Moving from ‘responsive’ to ‘innovative’
  • The importance of the finish line

Unit 3: Sustainable Leadership

  • Paradigms of leadership
  • The sustainable leadership pyramid
  • A long-term perspective on enterprise
  • People-centric leadership behaviours
  • Workforce engagement
  • Collective leadership and devolved decision making
  • Enabling culture
  • Knowledge retention and sharing
  • Continuous people development
  • Practical ethics
  • Considered organisational change
  • Vision and values

Unit 4: Strategy for Resilience

  • Applying frameworks for the development of strategies
  • Enhancing enterprise resilience through stakeholder engagement and cross-sector partnerships
  • Exploring strategic resilience options between opportunity and risk
  • Applying broader concepts of systemic thinking
  • Crafting flexible long-term resilience plans and scenarios
  • Mastering an enterprise resilience problem – the intellectual process

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in the Leading Resilient Enterprises students may be eligible to receive advanced standing towards a Masters qualification, subject to board approval.

Designed for Medtech professionals, the program is commercial in focus, with units covering leadership, innovation, systemic and complexity thinking and resilience.

It’s a unique and specialised qualification for managers and leaders who need to address disruption and new challenges with innovative approaches that can endure as part of a resilient culture.

You are expected to have three years’ relevant industry experience or hold a Bachelor degree.

The program is designed by our internationally renowned faculty who will mentor and partner with you through a collaborative learning process.

Our faculty consult and carry out continuous research with Australian and international clients, bringing contemporary knowledge and exceptional experience to the program, and delivering a unique blend of evidence based theory with high level insights and applied practices.

Participants will realise the advantages of studying and networking with other professionals in a dynamic face-to face learning environment.

This exceptional program is comprised of four units and delivered in intensive mode.  Sessions will be in seminar format, characterised by the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience, rather than having formal lectures and tutorials.  Students will be assessed on their understanding of concepts and their ability to apply them innovatively and ethically to real-world issues.

The course is offered face-to-face in intensive mode, with each unit delivered over four days and includes assignments and industry specific case studies.

The delivery mode is designed to accommodate professionals who may need to balance the competing pressures of family, work and lifestyle.  Here’s the schedule:

Unit 1: Systemic and Complexity Thinking and Practices

  • Session 1: Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, and Sunday 19th August 2018
  • Session 2: Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September 2018

Unit 2: Innovation for Sustainability

  • Session 1: Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, and Sunday 21st October 2018
  • Session 2: Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November 2018

Unit 3: Sustainable Leadership

  • Session 1: Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd, and Sunday 24th February 2019
  • Session 2: Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March 2019

Unit 4: Strategy for Resilience

  • Session 1: Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, and Sunday 5th May 2019
  • Session 2: Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June 2019

All units are held in the ACU North Sydney Campus.

Fees are $3,132 per unit for units commencing in 2018.

A Student Services Fee of $180 per annum is also payable per participant, and textbooks may need to be purchased for each unit.

Bruce-McKenzieBruce McKenzie – Program Director

Bruce is a change practitioner and academic who develops systemic thinking principles and practices to assist organisations, governments and communities to address current and future complex issues. He is one of the world’s most experienced Systemic practitioners. Recognised globally for successfully building organisational capacity to manage change, through generating innovative, sustainable strategies and developing alternative ways of thinking about challenges and crisis.

He is a Director of the Center for Systemic Leadership, Director of Systemic Development Associates, Co-Founder and President of Future Insight Maps, a pioneer of WindTunneling Software and Fulcrum online learning. Bruce has worked all around the world, mapping out complex issues, developing change management and leadership development programs, including clients in the USA, Thailand and Australian governments; in corporate enterprises USA EPA, USA Bio-Diesel Industry, Pfizer, CISCO, Lend Lease and Westpac; and community agencies in agriculture, education, health, public utilities and community development.

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