Thinking and Leading Strategically
Department of Business & Management
The purpose of this unit is to enable the learner to appreciate the strategic development process and to place the role of le
adership within the
strategic context. Ultimately it seeks the development of strategic thinking and leadership.
successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
Explain the nature and role of Strategic thinking in Organisational Strategy development.
Critically evaluate different approaches to Leadership with particular reference to
Show how strategic thinking and leadership relate to each other with particular reference
to managing change processes
Introduce those cognitive skills associated with strategic thinking and leadership
Apply the principles of strateg
ic thinking and leadership to work bas
Critical thinking and creativity
eadership and teamwork
Problem solving and decision making
Ethics and value management
Learning through reflection
Change and uncertainty
Political, Economic, S
, Technology, Legal, and Environment factors
The nature of strategic thinking and associated cognitive skills involved.
The nature of leadership
Processes of leadership
Planning, organising leading (motivating) control and communications.
Transactional and transformational concepts of leadership.
Strategic Thinking and Leadership in Action
Relating the two concepts to each other
utting the concepts together in practice.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
In this format students are provided with on line materials and activitie
s in preparation for short intensive blocks of workshop activities. The
workshops involve practical application of theories to develop understanding
Typical Hours breakdown: Workshop 20, On Line Activity 10, Assignment 50,
and Assessment Criteria
Assessment will be by two
pieces of coursework
oth assignments will be submitted electronically onto the Moodle site.
[Assistance in what to do & how to do it will be available to students who have not used thi
s procedure before]
Assignment 1 (5
LO 1, 2 & 7
In this assignment, the student is
required to research and create a report that has a focus on developing
r thinking strategically capability
within the context of
Where students do
not have work experience
are not currently employed
; or in their view, have
insufficient familiarity with any organisation to enable them to complete the work satisfactorily, then
an alternative theoretical report
Assignment 2 (5
, 4, 5 & 6
In this assignment, the student is required to explore the published work on strategic leadership and develop a comprehensive
qualities, skills and behaviours that define and explain the concept of strategic leadership. This invent
ory should then be used as a basis of
critically evaluating a case study individual as a strategic thinker and leader.
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