21st Century Challenges

Facing unpredictable political, technological, societal, business or social challenges?

Struggling to make sense of these challenges in a world that is increasingly complex and unstructured, even chaotic?

Needing to inspire and empower your teams and organisations to take managed 'leaps of faith' that will solve these challenges?

New forms of interdisciplinary, extraordinary and creative leadership are emerging to structure and make sense of the chaos.

The Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice

Cass’s Centre for Creative in Professional Practice researches and educates about these new forms of leadership, to build a new generation of creative leaders with extraordinary capabilities.

These leaders will investigate, generate, envision, prototype, critique and reflect on novel solutions to complex modern challenges, and empower your teams and organisations to do the same.

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Join us in our research with our people to develop new forms of creative leadership.

And read about our challenge and mission statements, below.

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Our challenge statement

The world is increasingly complex, unstructured and dynamic, even chaotic to the uninformed observer. Societal, business and social challenges are no longer predictable, and traditional planning leadership and processes that are derived from single disciplines generate inadequate solutions. Use of the skills and processes generated from these single disciplines does not inform people about what will happen tomorrow or next week, let alone how to respond to this perceived chaos.

Our mission statement

New forms of interdisciplinary leadership are needed to provide new forms of structure that make sense of the chaos. The Centre will research and educate about these new forms of leadership. This research and enterprise will build a new cadre of creative leaders. The new cadre will be delivered with the new interdisciplinary frameworks, knowledge, techniques and skills to investigate, generate, envision, prototype, critique and reflect on creative solutions to these complex, ill-structured and chaotic problems, and provide new forms of intellectual resilience. Moreover, these new interdisciplinary frameworks, knowledge, techniques and skills will be synthesised from not only business and engineering disciplines, but also from the arts, the social and the creativity sciences. Framework development will both inform and be informed by emerging practices. As a result, the new leadership cadre will enable teams to take 'leaps of faith' in more structured and controlled environments, to empower their organisations and teams to do the same. It will empower businesses to be non-business in business, and to be entrepreneurial with these skills, in new contexts. It will enable a wider range of organisations to be more interdisciplinary and business-like.

Our History

The Centre was founded in 2008 by the Vice-Chancellor Malcolm Gilles to foster interdisciplinary research and teaching across the University’s schools and departments. It sought to disrupt the established patterns of discovering new knowledge and thought leadership. Today, we are proud to continue in this tradition and enable new forms of creative thinking and leadership.

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