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Unit information: Contemporary leadership challenges in 2018/19

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Unit name Contemporary leadership challenges
Unit code EFIMM0035
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. Ballard
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of the Certificate units - Leadership, Strategy and Organisation, and Understanding Change and Uncertainty.



School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit seeks to develop students’ understanding of the complex issues involved in leadership and management in contemporary organisations. Following successful completion of the Certificate units, this final Diploma unit will draw together a variety of themes which add challenge to the leader's role. These will include the challenges of globalisation and the changing structure of the business environment, CSR approaches and issues, dealing with turbulence and resistance, and issues around employee relations and governance

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the role of leaders especially in relation to globalisation and the changing structure of the business environment.
  • Examine the core issues involved in employee relations and governance.
  • Understand a range of approaches to ethics and CSR issues.
  • Identify and describe a range of issues relevant to change management and employee resistance.

Teaching details

Lectures supported by interactive workshops, case studies and small group work.

Assessment Details

An individual written assignment of 4000 words will assess students’ ability to examine and critically evaluate current research into one of the key concepts explored during the unit. Students will be expected not only to analyse the core issues relating to contemporary thinking, but also to synthesise these with current practice – either from their own direct experience, or drawn from other relevant examples.

Reading and References

Dicken, P (2015) Global Shift, Sage 7th Edition

Cavusgil, S.T, Knight, G., & Riesenberger, J. (2012). International business: strategy, management, and the new realities. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Friedmann, T L (2005) The world is flat. Penguin

Critique of Friedmann see: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 2008, volume 1, issue 3, Special Issue on: The world is not flat; Putting globalisation in its place

Burnes, B. (2009). Managing change (5th Edn.), London, FT Prentice Hall.

Shaw, P. (2002) Changing Conversations in Organizations: A Complexity Approach to Change (Complexity and Emergence in Organizations). London: Routledge

Richard M. Locke, (2013) The Promise and Limits of Private Power: Promoting Labor Standards in a Global Economy, New York, Cambridge University Press,

Ruggie, J. (2010) "Protect, respect and remedy" Business and Human Rights Framework - ILO event and publication