Online MBA Leading Innovation and Change

Module Descriptions

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Induction

Not-for-credit module

This is the first module of the programme which gives an orientation to the course and the online learning style. It does not carry credits, and students are encouraged to go through the material in this module at their own pace and get accustomed to the online medium.

Leading Innovation and Change

The aim of this module is to explore concepts and theories concerning how sustainable innovation and change may be achieved.  The module will include analyses of the leadership of innovation and change in different contexts.  In addition, participants will be encouraged to use their own experience of leadership, innovation and change to inform discussion, enquiry, critical thinking and reflection.

The Essence of Leadership

The aim of this module is to critically appraise theories of leadership and how leaders act to influence others directly, and also indirectly, by influencing organisational systems and structures. The module will focus on issues of leadership behaviours and skills required to achieve sustainable success and development for groups and organisations. The module will include an analysis of the activities of individuals in leadership roles in an organisation, or organisations, of the participant’s choice. Participants will be encouraged to use their experience of their own leadership role to inform discussions, enquiry and critical thinking.

Culture, Leadership and Innovation in Organisations

The aim of this module is to study the cultural context of the organisation and its impact on performance, innovation and change.  The module will explore concepts and theories of national and organisational culture, concepts from institutional theory and the relationship between culture and leadership in organisations. The impact of culture on how power is exercised, and on ethical behaviour in organisations, will be explored.

Successful Strategic Thinking

The aim of the module is to build awareness and understanding of strategic thinking and strategic leadership and their contribution to sustainable organisational performance by reviewing relevant theories, models and concepts.  Participants will develop a critical appreciation of the complexity of relationships and tensions associated with developing and implementing strategy.  They will be encouraged to use their own experience to inform discussion, enquiry, critical thinking and reflection.