EXMBM512-22A (HAM)

Leadership and Change Management

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper is designed to identify and develop participants' leadership potential; to facilitate the process of ongoing personal and leadership development and to lead organisations effectively, particularly through change. It guides leaders and aspiring leaders through research and experiential practices, on the role of leaders and their influence in today's changing and complex environments.

Leadership is not a sole activity, so additionally we focus on the way leaders and followers interact, notions of team and shared leadership, and explore assumptions, beliefs, and values embedded and shaped in these practices.

The purpose of the paper is to:

  • Recognize and apply effective leadership strengths, attributes and skills, and develop a personalized leadership development plan.
  • Understand, apply and critique changes in organisations and the role of leadership.
  • Understand, apply and reflect on research and current perspectives aimed at enhancing leadership in organisations.
  • Analyse, critique and apply shared leadership concepts and constraints.
  • Experience virtual teams, virtual leadership, compassion leadership, and change.
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Paper Structure

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This is a FLEXI Synchronous class. FLEXI is a term used to describe a paper that will have learning available both face-to-face (on campus) and online, offering you flexibility as to where and how you learn. Synchronous means you are expected to attend and participate in the weekly lecture regardless of whether you attend in person or online. A zoom link to join sessions virtually will be made available on our Moodle page.

All supportive online resources will be accessible via Moodle, including weekly asynchronous collaborative readings, in preparation for each session.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • 1. Identify ways of recognising, establishing, and maintaining effective leadership

    Students will use the reflective cycle to recognize and develop relevant leadership attitudes, skills and abilities.

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  • 2. Apply and analyse principles of effective leadership at the indiviudal and organisational level
    Students will undertake research on a Leader, and develop a leadership case study for class presentation.
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  • 3. Leadership influence and change

    Analyse, critique, and develop leadership skills in the context of tension, in and with, change.
    Students will engage in both experiential and academic activities and produce credible results from their influence. Additionally students will be required to engage in courageous conversations around leadership.

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  • 4. Research, apply, and examine leadership and change
    Students will be required to understand the importance of change, and difficulties of this for leaders and employees. Students, both experientially and academically, will examine change frameworks and critique these.
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All assessment must be completed.
PLEASE NOTE: The University of Waikato has zero-tolerance for plagiarism.
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All assessment must be submitted as a word document unless otherwise stated.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assessment 1a: Transformation Challenge Mind Map (Individual)
31 Mar 2022
11:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assessment 1b: Transformation Challeng Team Plan (Group)
7 Apr 2022
2:00 PM
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Assessment 2a: Leader Case Study Report (Group)
26 May 2022
11:00 PM
  • In Class: In Lecture
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assessment 2b: Leader case Study Presentation (Group)
26 May 2022
2:00 PM
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Assessment 2c: Group Dynamics Analysis (Individual)
30 May 2022
11:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Assessment 3: Reflective Test (Individual)
9 Jun 2022
2:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Assessment 4a: Weekly Collaborative Reading (Individual)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Assessment 4b: Weekly in-class engagement (Individual)
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Please see the reading list for weekly readings

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Recommended Readings

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In addition to your text, there are many other books that might help you with various aspects of this course. Reading more widely than the set text will be necessary in order to gain a good grade in the assessments, particularly the journal and assignment.

Keep current with local business news, read the business pages of the newspaper, look at local business publications as well as the business periodicals. You are advised to read the daily newspaper and watch out in other media for relevant current issues. Leadership is topical!

Suggested References – Films
Metaphor and story telling have all been used to help us understand the leadership process. Many films reflect the leadership process. The following are just some of the many films that may be used to illustrate aspects of the course. If these films are not used in class then they are worth getting out on your own to view. Some are definitely challenging! All will aid your Journal assessment, and overall course understanding.
Enemy at the Gate
Fight Club
Quiet Rage. The Zimbardo Prison Experiment
Roger and Me
Saving Private Ryan
Shirley Valentine
The Cube
The Matrix
The Shawshank Redemption
The Tango Lesson
The Thin Red Line
Whale Rider

In addition to the above reading and film list, you are encouraged to spend time at the library looking at relevant journals and publications and journals and magazines such as
Management Magazine
Employment Today
Human Resources Magazine
Harvard Business Review
Sloan Management Review

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Other Resources

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See Moodle for addtional resources
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Online Support

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As a general guide 12-15 hours per week is required over the whole period of the paper.

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Restricted papers: EXPM501

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