Thinking and Leading Strategically

Thinking and Leading Strategically

Spring
20
1
4
(
Blended
Version)
Unit No
’s
:
8263M195
Postgraduate Programmes
Department of Business & Management
MMU Cheshire
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Spring
201
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4
Intended Le
arning Outcomes
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.
On
successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
Knowledge
1.
Explain the nature and role of Strategic thinking in Organisational Strategy development.
2.
Critically evaluate different approaches to Leadership with particular reference to
Transform
ational Leadership
3.
Show how strategic thinking and leadership relate to each other with particular reference
to managing change processes
4.
Introduce those cognitive skills associated with strategic thinking and leadership
5.
Apply the principles of strateg
ic thinking and leadership to work bas
ed issues.
Skills
1.
Critical thinking and creativity
2.
L
eadership and teamwork
3.
Problem solving and decision making
4.
Ethics and value management
5.
Learning through reflection
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Spring
201
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Indicative Content
Strategic Thinking
?
Contextua
l factors
include

Change and uncertainty

O
rganisational philosophy

Political, Economic, S
ocio

cultural
, Technology, Legal, and Environment factors
.

The
K
nowledge
E
conomy
?
The nature of strategic thinking and associated cognitive skills involved.
?
Strategic
planning
V
s.
strategic thinking
Strategic Leadership
?
The nature of leadership
?
Processes of leadership

Planning, organising leading (motivating) control and communications.
?
Transactional and transformational concepts of leadership.
?
Leadership style
Strategic Thinking and Leadership in Action
?
Relating the two concepts to each other
& p
utting the concepts together in practice.
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Spring
201
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6
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Blended delivery:
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 Private
Study 120
Assessment
and Assessment Criteria
Assessment will be by two
equally weighted
pieces of coursework
and b
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
0%)
LO 1, 2 & 7
In this assignment, the student is
required to research and create a report that has a focus on developing
thei
r thinking strategically capability
within the context of
an
organization.
[
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
can
be
arranged
.
]
Assignment 2 (5
0%)
LO 3
, 4, 5 & 6
In this assignment, the student is required to explore the published work on strategic leadership and develop a comprehensive
inventory of
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.
For specific Assignment details please refer to
pages 10

17
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