Learning outcomes and assessment criteria specific to this assignment:
On completion of the assignment, students should be able to demonstrate their ability to:
1.Critically examine and assess the contribution of leadership and management theory to strategic leadership styles and practice and appraise a range of tools, models and theoretical concepts concerned with the process of managing change.
2.Critically evaluate organisations ethical and value-based approaches to leadership and apply aspects of strategic leadership and management practice and impact on organisational effectiveness within a global context.
3.Consider, identify and critically evaluate change/transformation processes in organisations taking into account organisational dynamics, culture and human dimensions in transforming and managing change including the impact leadership strategies on organisational direction. Recommend and justify appropriate change models/strategies and leadership strategy appropriate to manage change, reactions to and resistance to change.
By studying this module, you should acquire a better understanding of their own leadership, or of the leadership in places of work and the changes that could take place in order to create a more effective leadership. Understanding of the concepts is achieved predominantly but not exclusively through the use of case study material. The module is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.
There are two forms of assessment that will be used during the module. On a frequent basis, you will gain verbal ‘formative feedback’ which will be derived to aid your learning. This feedback is not recorded against your student record, but is to be used by you to improve your work further. The second form of feedback is ‘summative’ assessment and will be the grade and feedback gained from the work you will submit at the end of the module.
The first part of the module focuses on strategic leadership and management by examining the evolving nature of leadership and how transformational leaders lead their organisations. This part of the module explores leadership needs and the appropriate leadership style among other things. There will also be focus on leadership qualities and styles which will encourage students to reflect on their own development as leaders on the international stage. A number of models, theories and perspectives of leadership are explored including Leadership style and the relationship with situational factors; Critical components of strategic leadership; Leadership development, styles, motivations and competencies. (1,000 words) It is suggested that this Part is completed by Week 6. You should identify and use a specific strategic leader within an international organisation as your focus.
Critical appraisal, evaluation and justification of change within an International organisation
The second part of the module aims to help students develop an understanding of the concept of organisational transformation and change and to be able to reflect critically on current debates about the extent to which organisations may be manipulated or transformed. You should us the same organisation you have identified in Part 1. You will study a range of tools, models and theoretical concepts concerned with the process of managing change and learn to apply this learning in a case study context. This part of the module also aims to develop your appreciation of the human dimension of change initiatives and the strategic role of leaders, paying particular attention to the emotional impact of organisational change and enable student to consider change leadership behaviours at an international level using appropriate conceptual and practical tools. The nature of change management and the impact of organisational dynamics, power and culture on the strategic change programme are also explored.
The word limit is for your coursework assignment, and does not cover material submitted as an appendix. Material submitted as an appendix provides background for your coursework, but it will not be marked unless specified in the brief. Also, it is important that you cross-refer between the main text of your assignment and any appendices, in order to demonstrate the linkage, and that the appendices do not constitute additional material unrelated to that included in the body of your assignment. If you do not refer to this work in the Appendix, then this included work in the Appendices are not marked.
Your references page will not be included in the word count, but inline citations used in the main body of the assignment (e.g. Smith and Jones (2010) identified that…) will be included in the word count.
You are required to declare the number of words used in your assignment. If you produce less than or exceed the stipulated word count by more than 10%, a deduction of the mark awarded will be made to reflect that you have not met the assessment requirements.
Your report should be submitted online through TurnItIn via the link provided in the Assessment area of the module’s Moodle site. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted. Please follow the University policy regarding online submission and submitting assignments on time (see Page 1).
You should also submit your work through the ‘test’ TurnItIn to ensure you abide by the rules on plagiarism. You should attach the assessment feedback form together with the marking criteria to your work before submitting for marking.
Formatting and presentation
The assignment should be word-processed and double line spaced. Use of bullet points should be avoided or used sparingly
·Use Arial size 11 point for your assignments, fully justified
·Each page should be numbered except for the Contents pages (if any)
·Presentation must be formal in language and style and must adhere to the structure given above