Senior Executive Action Learning

Senior Executive Action Learning Question Programme

Doctoral Level Professional Development for Business Leaders

April – December 2016, Oxford, UK

Action Learning International, the leading provider of business focused action learning are delighted to offer the Senior Action Learning Question – SEAL-Q Programme

  • You have a successful track record as a leader in business and you face complex challenges
  • You have completed a postgraduate or masters qualification relevant to business leadership or management such as an MBA
  • You are intellectually curious and want to continue your professional development at a higher level
  • You would like to explore whether to commit to a full practitioner based doctorate and to plan for this
  • You see value in learning and researching with peers from different business sectors
  • As a successful business leader you are wondering just how far you can go in applying academic rigour to organisational problems
  • We offer the opportunity to research and tackle a business challenge at doctoral level which is of significance in your business and professional sector
  • We offer a programme which will build your confidence as you develop your doctoral level thinking and research discipline
  • On the SEAL-Q Programme you will join a group of peers who are encouraged to constructively question and challenge your thinking and strategies as a leader
  • You will join a trusted group of peers from diverse backgrounds and industries who create a safe place to test thinking and share learning

The SEAL-Q programme has been developed based on our considerable experience of delivering action learning based doctoral programmes (DBA, DMgt., DPhil). Clients have told us there is a demand for a programme which provides a bridge between masters level business qualifications (MBA, MMgt, MA, MSc) and a full action learning based doctorate.  The SEAL-Q programme meets this need, enabling you to take strategic business challenges, turn them into questions and then tackle them through the application of a pragmatic and proven methodology.  This programme harnesses the power of learning with and from others with a focus on action and change. Learning follows the action.

The SEAL-Q programme is structured around two workshops (Start Up Workshop held over three days and the Presentation Workshop held over two days) in the delightful setting of New College, Oxford in the UK, where you work with other SEAL-Q members, candidates on full doctoral programmes and the faculty team. You will meet with colleagues in an Action Learning Set, face-to-face and online over the course of the 9 month programme. You will have access to an online platform for sharing resources and communication. And you will be supported by doctoral level supervision from an experienced member of the faculty team who will guide you as you seek to maximise the organisational and personal impact of your learning journey.

You submit a 5,000 word paper towards the end of the programme for both peer review and final assessment by a doctoral level assessor from the Action Learning International team. On successful completion of the programme our team will support you in making informed choices regarding further  research and study options including opportunities to embark on a full practitioner doctorate programme.

SEAL-Q provides a practical pathway to a choice of doctorate programmes. Action Learning International are able to provide guidance on a choice of practitioner doctorates through established accreditation and partner relationships with international business schools. Work completed through the SEAL-Q programme may be used to support planning for a doctorate programme including the preparation of a research proposal. There is no obligation to proceed onto a full doctorate on completion of the SEAL-Q programme.

A certificate is awarded following successful assessment of the SEAL-Q paper. The programme is endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management which is a leading provider of leadership and management qualifications with a mission to improve the standards of leadership and management in order to drive social and economic prosperity in the UK.

Requirement for entry to programme

  • At least 7 years senior level experience in a management position.
  • Qualification at postgraduate level (Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters / MBA)


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