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Program Highlights

Transforming together...

The world has been going through a great change and transformation process where companies and institutions face game-changing challenges. Opportunities such as the internet and social media that facilitate communication and cooperation, artificial intelligence technologies, virtual reality, traveling in space, and threats such as climate change, food crises, and pandemics push individuals and organizations to find agile and innovative solutions. These changes and transformations require a more holistic, participatory, egalitarian, sustainable collaboration, and knowledge generation approach.

mART aims to train leaders who can effectively manage the change and transformation processes that will inevitably be faced in the upcoming period. As a core competency, the program aims to assist leaders in developing their ability to co-generate knowledge, make decisions, do business and find solutions, create a common interest formula, develop a cooperation advantage, establish and manage teams, and establish and manage decentralized and co-managed structures.

mART, whose mission is defined as 'Contributing to social and institutional transformation by feeding from different disciplines', aims to meet the increasing number of transformational needs in the business world by considering action research as a transformation management tool. These transformations need new knowledge and a new type of leadership. These leaders need to construct change tools and mechanisms, along with producing vision, meaning and purpose. AR approaches and methods respond to this need.

Within the framework of the program, participants will create and conduct an action research project on organizational development/transformation in their home company or in another company and will write an article about the project. The project will be carried out in an integrated manner with all courses. This will enable participants to gain hands-on experience in solving real organizational challenges.

The program will enable participants to develop collaborations with institutions and academics working on AR on an international platform to provide a global perspective.

Program's Target Group

The program is designed for top-middle level managers and their substitutes working at private companies, public institutions, SMEs, and NGOs and holding at least a bachelor's degree. The courses will be held in the evenings and on weekends, suitable for working managers.

Since the language of the program is English, a good command of English is required. Applicants can take Sabancı University's English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE) which will be held on 13 August 2022 completely free of charge. In order to take the exam, the online application must be completed. 

Program Objectives

  • Train change management leaders who can adopt, implement, and design new management tools in a period of increasing uncertainty and decreasing predictability in Turkey and in the world,
  • Ensure that participants gain hands-on experience solving real organizational challenges,
  • Enhance the capacity of participants to support and improve the knowledge management dimension of transformation projects conducted in Turkey and abroad through engaging action research to manage them,
  • Develop collaboration with international institutions, academics and practitioners of action research through real or immersive experiences for meaningful interaction with ongoing global projects.

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