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Module Title LM Leadership Development
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 24272
Module Lead Scott Taylor
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None

This module is designed to bring the students up to date with the latest research and thinking in the arena of both leadership studies and leadership development. The module involves lectures and small group work. The idea of leadership development promises much to individuals and organisations but its effects are controversial for both. Despite more than a hundred years of research and an even longer history of practice, it is still unclear whether leaders can be developed at all, and, if they can, whether their development makes a positive difference to organisational performance and the experience of work for their followers. This module is an opportunity to examine different academic and practice approaches to this topic. It explores the research that underpins theories in use, and encourage you to come to your own well-informed conclusions about the contribution that leadership development activities, programmes and events make to people and organisations. The subject is approached in two key ways: by engaging with relevant ideas and theories in the area through reading and thinking about published academic research; and, by carefully examining how leadership development happens in organisations and to individuals, through education, training, and personal development practices.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • explain and critically analyse the concepts of leadership and management and their application in an organisational, social, environmental and multicultural context;
  • critically assess and evaluate approaches to the development of leadership and management in international and global contexts;
  • evaluate, select and apply a range of approaches to identifying leadership and management development needs in differing organisational contexts;
  • explain and evaluate the role of leadership and management development in enhancing and developing organisational competence;
  • design, critically evaluate and advise on a range of leadership and management development interventions to implement leadership and management development strategies and plans.
Assessment 24272-01 : Group Presentation : Group Assessment - Practical (10%)
24272-03 : Group Reflective Paper : Group Assessment - Coursework (30%)
24272-04 : Essay : Coursework (60%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Group reflective paper - 1,500 words (40%); Individual essay - 1,500 words (60%) Reassessment: Individual essay - 1,500 words (100%)
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