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People & Organisational Effectiveness – Live Online

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In a working environment characterised by rapid change and uncertainty and an imperative for higher performance, leaders and managers know they have to get the best from their employees and from themselves 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.

The programme draws on latest research and case studies showcasing innovative approaches to increasing organisational and team effectiveness:

  • How can organisations align people to the strategic imperatives and build a sense of commitment?
  • The latest advances in motivation research and performance management. How can leaders and managers take their employees to a new level in terms of behaviours and output?
  • The varieties of diversity, including age, gender, cultural and generational differences. How can we harness these differences to 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.

Our Live Online programmes offer the same quality and academic rigour associated with all Cambridge education:

  • Delivered by Cambridge Judge Business School’s world-class faculty – Cambridge Judge is a strong research-oriented business school with 19 research centres. All programmes are designed and led by an Academic Programme Director who is a member of Cambridge Judge faculty.
  • Drawing upon the strengths and resources of the wider University of Cambridge and the Cambridge ecosystem, including accessing global alumni and specialists as guest speakers
  • Small class sizes (maximum 30) and high levels of interaction with world-class faculty.
  • Emphasis on quality outcomes – we seek to monitor our delivery against the individual needs of participants. It is no accident that a little over half of our open programme participants come back to Cambridge Judge at least once, often multiple times.
The People & Organisational Effectiveness programme is aimed at all those who are trying to improve the management of their people and to increase the performance and effectiveness of their teams and organisations. We look at the three crucial dimensions of this, first, we focus on talent management (including topics such as recruitment, diversity, and retention); second, on performance management (goals evaluation, and rewards) and third, on employee development (building potential, and career management). We shall look at the impact of significant events and trends, including operating within a COVID-19 context, and the influence of technology such as AI and the value of data analytics. The programme brings the latest thinking on these issues based on research and engagement with many organisations and is intended to be highly practical, with implications that can be addressed back in your own teams and organisational contexts.
Dr Philip Stiles, Academic Programme Director, People and Organisational Effectiveness – Live Online
Through my GMCA I received valuable new knowledge and insights from faculty and peers. On the People and Organisational Effectiveness programme I learned of the importance of being transparent with your team in terms of their tasks, management direction and organisational goals. The Cambridge Rising Women Leaders Programme taught me how, as a woman, to leverage the power of communication, negotiation strategies and build an effective team and performance. I attended some of the programmes Live Online which enabled me to continue with my professional development, and I was lucky to meet and learn from so many different participants from different backgrounds and countries from all over the world.
Nouf Hamad Al-Sayari, Business Technology Strategy & Planning Department Manager, TDF

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  • Aligning people and strategy
  • Talent attraction, nurturing and retention
  • Diversity
  • Individual development and performance management
  • Organisational development and change management.
As an experienced manager I understand that change is a constant and I wanted to get an immersion on the latest thinking on managing teams in today’s digital driven environment. The People & Organisational Effectiveness programme provided a broad and relevant perspective on how individual managers and organisations can provide an environment where people can innovate and thrive. Dr Philip Stiles (Academic Programme Director) is an experienced HR professional with his finger on the latest thinking and ideas. His collaborative nature encouraged the entire cohort to contribute and this provided some great insights into what other organisations are doing. His team delivered on a broad and pertinent agenda with the same professionalism and openness. I enjoyed not only reconfirming aspects of people management I already had a grasp on but also delving into broader topics such as the importance of culture and purpose to the success of an organisation.
Tony Martinez, Global VP, Intelligent Enterprise, SAP


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
  • Develop personal action plans to utilise your new skills and achieve desired behaviours within your team
  • Receive advice on the issues you are facing through our open forum workshop
  • Membership of Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for International Human Resource Management.
Icon: Executive Education Certificates of Achievement.

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 looking to improve:

  • The effectiveness of their teams and organisations
  • Their own capabilities in talent, performance management, development and change management
  • The HR professional, L&D, CHRO supporting the organisation’s overall strategic direction across recruiting, compensation, talent and performance management, succession planning, training, diversity, development and more.

Faculty & speakers

Philip Stiles

University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance

PhD (University of London)

Stella Pachidi

University Lecturer in Information Systems

PhD (VU University Amsterdam)

Cath Bishop

Chair of Cambridge University’s Women’s Boat Club

As Chair of Cambridge University’s Women’s Boat Club, Cath enthuses students to wave their training oars defiantly in the face of a challenge. Fluent in five languages, few people are as well-equipped to inspire others all over the world and influence them to pursue higher goals.

Cath has a BA in modern languages from Pembroke College, Cambridge, a masters in international politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a PhD in contemporary German literature from the University of Reading. Cath won medals at the World Championships twice, a silver in 1998 in the women’s pair with Dot Blackie, and gold in 2003, again in the pair, with Katherine Grainger. She won silver in the 2004 Olympic Games in the women’s pair with Grainger. In 1999 she was the World Indoor Rowing Champion. From 2001 through 2014 Bishop forged a career with the Foreign Office, for whom she worked in London; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Basra Iraq. Her roles included: Politica, Projects and Press Officer at British Embassy, Sarajevo, from 2004; Political Adviser to the High Representative to Bosnia & Herzegovina from 2006; Head of the Political Section at the British Consulate in Basra from 2007; and Deputy Director of the Stabilisation Unit in London from 2009-2011.

Cath Bishop is a versatile speaker with key lessons for companies floundering in the rocky waters of business. Sharing practical strategies to help teams make a splash with exceptional results, Cath relays the need for clarity and honesty to achieve success. Delivering outstanding performance under extreme circumstances is Cath’s lifeblood – both from her gruelling Olympic training regime and through her struggle for survival as she sheltered from shelling on her diplomatic mission to Basra.

Cath returned from two Olympic games without a medal and decided that, after rigorous physical and psychological training, she had to unlock the secret to her non-success. In her search for new tactics, she ultimately adopted the well-documented ‘marginal gains’ attitude that saw her sail smoothly onto the podium. No stranger to tough situations, the decade Cath spent as a British diplomat in Bosnia and Iraq has equipped her with the highest level of strategy-building, resilience, and a determination to do her job in the face of danger and adversity. Both rowing and international diplomacy are effective analogies for interdependency and collaboration in business. In a unique amalgamation of her diverse experiences, Cath deftly relates genuine insights into setbacks and how to respond to them.

Dates & fees



Fees *

14-16 and 19-21 July 2021

6 half-day sessions

£2,475 + VAT

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

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 277KB) (updated 4 September 2019)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 295KB) (updated 4 September 2019)

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

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

Please ensure that you have read our Frequently Asked Questions, which provide important additional information about our face-to-face and Live Online programmes, in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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
Mob: +44 (0)7548 708065

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6 half-day sessions


14-16 and 19-21 July 2021

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