skip to navigation skip to content

People & Organisational Effectiveness

Back to Managing People

3 days (Face-to-face)

£3,450 + VAT (Face-to-face)

5-7 Jul 2023 (Face-to-Face)
4-6 Oct 2023 (Face-to-Face)

Delegate presenting an idea to his class.

Develop your team, maximise performance and organisational effectiveness

Organisations are facing great challenges in relation to recruiting and retaining talented teams. Leaders have to align their talent with strategy, ensure diversity and inclusion while staying connected with the people in the organisation, reassuring them, motivating, developing and inspiring them. This programme focuses on how organisational effectiveness can be achieved even in times of huge economic, political and social challenges.

This programme examines three key aspects of increasing people and organisational performance: Talent management – here, you will explore topics such as recruitment, diversity and retention Performance management – where you will examine goals, evaluation and rewards Employee development – here you will look at building potential and career management.

These issues are linked and we shall discuss how the system of these elements within the organisation can be improved. We will look at current trends in these areas, particularly the influence of technologies including AI, and the value of data analytics.


Your learning journey

Aligning people and strategy

  • Analyse the people management strategies that organisations pursue and the mechanisms by which people are aligned to them
  • Outline solutions to help you build more commitment from your workforce around strategic imperatives.

Talent attraction, nurturing and retention

  • Analyse the challenges that arise from targeting and managing top talent
  • Explain how the recruitment and selection of individuals supports the basic philosophy of your organisation
  • Identify strategic goals to gain higher engagement and commitment from your workforce.

Diversity and inclusion

  • Explain how diversity, inclusion, bias and privilege impact the workplace
  • Identify behaviours and beliefs that are needed to create a culture of diversity and inclusion
  • Discuss and develop ways for organisations to foster inclusive workplaces.

Performance management

  • Identify how the power of marginal gains, defensive routines and self-fulfilling mindsets affect individual performance management
  • Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of new approaches in performance management
  • Analyse how strategic approaches can make compensation systems more responsive.

Managing individual performance and people analytics

  • Examine how performance can be measured through people analytics
  • Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of using AI in recruitment.

Change management and organisational development

  • Identify what enables and constrains change in people management
  • Explain how organisations develop and revitalise themselves through managing the effects of organisational development processes
  • Identify key learnings to enhance people strategy development

Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.


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
  • On completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a digital certificate of completion by Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education.
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.

CPD logo

This programme is certified by the CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.

Find out more about CPD.

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

Faculty & speakers

Learn from our world-class faculty who bring fresh insights from their leading-edge research into all of our Executive Education programmes.

The Academic Programme Director (APD) for the People & Organisational Effectiveness programme is Dr Philip Stiles.

Access profiles of the programme’s APD and faculty:

Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.

Programme format

Dt Benn Lawson teaches on a face-to-face programme.


Face-to-face is a traditional, intense classroom learning experience and is all about hands-on interaction. You will be a part of exercises, debates and conversations, engaging directly with our faculty and your peers. Conversations spill over into breaktimes and meals, forming lasting connections. Share your ideas, develop your network and grow professionally, whilst enjoying the historic city of Cambridge.

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.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

The 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. 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

Why Cambridge Judge Business School?

Cambridge Judge faculty

All of our programmes are designed and led by an Academic Programme Director, who is a member of Cambridge Judge Business School faculty. They will also deliver substantial portions of that programme.

Leading-edge research

The research conducted by Cambridge Judge Business School’s 20 research centres, across a diverse range of disciplines, flows directly into all of our programmes, bringing new insights to our programme content.

Small group learning

With small class sizes, we continue the Cambridge way of learning that emphasises high levels of interaction with both our world-class faculty and peers.

Related programmes

People & Organisational Effectiveness belongs to our Managing People-topic executive education programmes. Here is a selection of related programmes:

Transformational Leadership

20-21 Apr 2023
26-27 Oct 2023

Provides the tools needed to enhance your leadership and people management skills. Grounded in rigorous, cutting-edge research, the programme aims to furnish you with the knowledge required to get the full potential out of employees.

Read more

People Analytics: Transforming HR Strategy with Data Science

20 Apr-22 Jun 2023
22 Jun-24 Aug 2023

Provides practical approaches to set up your people analytics team and leverage data that already exists within your organisation, to solve strategic challenges at the workplace.

Read more

Creating High Performance Teams

15-16 Jun 2023
7-10 Nov 2023

Focuses on communicating, motivating, teaming, evaluating and rewarding, to provide an important management toolkit for creating a high performance culture within your organisation.

Read more


£3,450 + VAT (Face-to-face)

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £3,300 + 20% = £3,960

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.

Contact us

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

Steven Grundy

Corporate Business Development Director
Open Programmes
Tel: +44 (0)7548 708069

Schedule a call with Steven

[email protected]

Access Steven's profile

Steven Grundy.

Additional information

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

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

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

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

Version 14 (21 March 2023)