Short Course

Interventions for Creativity and Change

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Three days
Short course
Course director:
Dr Harriet Shortt

Page last updated 1 September 2016


Bristol Business School's portfolio of short courses offers flexible learning solutions for you and your business. We have a range of courses in: Finance and Strategic Planning; Coaching and Mentoring; Human Resource Management and Personal Development; Project Management, and Marketing.

Our short courses are delivered by experienced academics and consultants, who apply their expertise and cutting-edge thinking with a practical focus.

Course introduction

This course is designed to explore the role and contribution of creative methods in organisational interventions. Contemporary working environments are often characterised by high levels of uncertainty and ambiguity, so that sense-making and developing shared understandings may become more complex. Using techniques such as story-telling and metaphors, drawing and poetry can help to accommodate this uncertainty and ambiguity, creating the space for individuals and organisations to develop shared understandings and insights into new ways of looking at issues, problems and situations.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for facilitators, coaches, consultants, change agents and managers who are interested in exploring and encouraging creative problem-solving and decision-making in complex working environments.

What do I get out of it?

  • A critical understanding of the theory and practice of a range of creative methods in organisational interventions and their relevance for a range of professional and managerial roles.
  • A critical understanding of sense-making theory.
  • An ability to work with a range of creative methods to support the development of the capacity to act from critical reflection.
  • A critical appreciation of the challenges and opportunities inherent in working with complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity.
  • Develop insights into effective and appropriate use of creative methods in different organisational contexts.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, although participants wishing to complete the assessment will need to discuss this option with the course tutor.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, although participants wishing to complete the assessment will need to discuss this option with the course tutor.

Careers / Further study

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This course will provide you with an opportunity to experience and work with a range of creative methods and to explore the links between organisational context and appropriate and effective application of a range of creative methods.

What does it cover?

This course is structured around three themes: story, metaphor and conversation; the art and craft of sense-making; and selecting and working with creative methods.

Story, metaphor and conversation: Organisation theory is paying increased attention to the role of storytelling and metaphor. This topic will explore the use of story, metaphor and conversation as methods of understanding and making sense of organisational themes.

The art and craft of sense-making: This topic introduces a range of tools and techniques for accessing the experience of organising and organisations through different media and explores the use of creative methods in developing shared understanding.

Selecting and working with creative methods: This theme works with sense-making theory to develop a critical understanding of the links between organisational context and appropriate application of creative methods.

How will I learn?

This is a highly participative course. Delivery methods are primarily experiential and participant-centred, engaging you in practical exercises, personal study, and critical reflection upon the relationship between theory and experience. Readings and theoretical inputs will provide you with the knowledge and awareness of current thinking on sense-making and the theory and application of a range of creative methods. Practical exercises are designed to encourage you to explore and challenge your own perspectives and practice.

Course Director

Dr Harriet Shortt staff profile



This course offers participants the opportunity to complete UWE's Master"s level 15 credit module in (insert module name). To achieve this accreditation you will be required to complete the following:

The assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to reflect critically on your own experience of working with creative methods and upon the relationship between theory and practice. The assessment consists of two sections:

1. Intervention plan: 25 per cent - This assessment will require the participant to design and prepare an intervention plan using creative methods.

2. Essay (3,000 words): 75 per cent - a critical evaluation (3,000 word essay) of this organisational intervention. This will include critical analysis of relevant theories or models.

Formative assessment will be carried out throughout the course by setting regular tasks for students that will assess their grasp of the material covered. Tasks will be reviewed as part of the sessions.

On successful completion of this assessment participants will receive an overall module mark. This module may then be used towards a selection of our Master's level programmes.

What commitment do I have to make?

We would recommend approximately 150 hours including taught sessions and personal study time to complete the module and assessment. This is only a guideline and will depend highly on the participants learning abilities.

The assessment submission date will be set approximately six weeks after the last taught session. Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend this deadline once you have registered for the module. However, if for an unexpected reason you are unable to submit, the University does have an extenuating circumstances policy.

We encourage participants taking the assessment to manage their own reading and are happy to supply a list of recommend texts on request.


Professional accreditation

This course can be used towards the ILM level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring offered at the Business School.

Study facilities

Our short courses are run at our dedicated Executive Development Centre, providing a professional environment for your training needs. Located at Frenchay Campus, with easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol parkway rail station, it has four fully equipped training rooms, a communications and reception area.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

£750 short course price only

*There is an additional £100 fee payable at the start of the module for those wishing to take the 15 credits at Master's level.

Please see our short courses web page for our early bird discounts.

All course prices include course materials, car parking, lunch and refreshments.

Course dates

The following dates are available for this three day course:

November 2015 run: 9, 10, 11 November 2015


Executive Development Centre, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

For all enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form or call us on the number below.

To make a full or provisional booking for the November 2015 run of the course please complete our online booking form.

For further information

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  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86304

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