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People & Organisational Effectiveness

Punting on the river Cam


In a working environment increasingly characterised by rapid change and uncertainty and an ever-strengthening imperative for higher performance, leaders and managers know they have to get the best from their employees and the best from themselves in order to develop an effective workplace. 

This programme looks at how leaders and managers can increase the effectiveness of their team and their organisation through enhancing the attraction, motivation, development and retention of their employees. We look at the approaches, mechanisms and practices that increase performance and commitment and build alignment with the strategic objectives of the organisation.

We draw on latest research from leading organisations showing both current practice and innovative approaches to provide insights into how to increase organisational and team effectiveness. 

  • The first day focuses on how organisations can align people to the strategic imperatives and build a sense of commitment to them.
  • The second day looks at the latest advances in motivation research and performance management to see how leaders and managers can take their employees to a new level in terms of their behaviours and outputs.
  • The third day looks at the varieties of diversity, including age, gender, cultural and generational differences, to see how harnessing these differences can add to organisational effectiveness. In the concluding part of the programme, there will be an effectiveness clinic and finish with highly practical takeaways for your own organisation.


  • Development alignment and commitment to the organisational or team strategy
  • Talent attraction, nurturing and individual development
  • How to ensure higher staff retention
  • Performance management and rewards – how to ensure motivation and ability are aligned
  • Organisational development - adapting to changing circumstances through enhancing innovative skills
  • Change management - managing people effectively through the change process
  • Leading change - what does leadership mean?
  • Diversity – how can diversity in its many forms be managed effectively?


You'll learn from outstanding faculty and associates of Cambridge Judge Business School and gain a truly international experience from your global peer group.

In this fast-paced and practical three-day programme you will:

  • Acquire and develop new people management capabilities and confidence
  • Gain practical concepts and frameworks to align your employees to your core objectives
  • Translate frameworks into day-to-day business responsibilities
  • Understand more about your own role as a leader and manager
  • Develop personal action plans to use your new skills and achieve desired behaviours within your team
  • Receive advice on real-life issues you are facing through our 'clinic' session

This programme counts towards the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School's global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

Who should attend

  • Leaders and managers who are looking to increase the effectiveness of their teams and organisations
  • Leaders and managers who are looking to increase their own key capabilities in talent, performance management. development and change management



Faculty & speakers

Philip Stiles

Philip Stiles

University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance

PhD (University of London)

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Sucheta Nadkarni

Sucheta Nadkarni

Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management

PhD (University of Kansas)

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Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
23-25 October 2019 3 days £2,995 + VAT
22-24 April 2020 3 days £2,995 + VAT
28-30 October 2020 3 days £2,995 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £2,995 + 20% = £3,594.

* Fees include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 233KB) (updated 31 January 2018)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 250KB) (updated 31 January 2018)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

This was a great balance of theory and examples in practice. Excellent tutors that encouraged group participation. I would recommend the course to anyone in people management.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Elizabeth McDonald

Corporate Business Development Director
Tel: +44 (0)1223 765496

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