The Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE) is committed to generating public and social value through the impact of research, policy and practice in the areas of:
We aim to combine a critical understanding of leadership and management with practical relevance and close collaboration with practitioners. Our reputation and success is manifested in our contribution to the work of three research centres:
Much of our research concerns innovative forms of organisation and financing – such as social enterprises, mutual and social investment, and commissioning – which offer new ways of tackling social, economic and environmental problems (and in turn, trigger the need for new sorts of knowledge and skills in public, private and third sector organisations). We carry out rigorous and relevant research designed to understand and address these emerging challenges.
The department contributes to curriculum design and teaching across the Open University Business School’s undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes, to joint programmes with other Open University faculties, and to collaborative projects with other higher education providers in the UK and internationally.
The Business School’s main qualifications, to which the Department contributes, include:
The Department’s interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral perspective on leading, managing and organising is also reflected the work of our postgraduate research students. The Business School has a strong community of research students on its full-time MRes and PhD programmes. We welcome applications from suitably-qualified students wishing to pursue research on PuLSE related topics.