MNM3LC-Leadership and Change

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Stephen Simister


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Leadership and Change places practising managers at the centre of their development as effective change leaders, faced with real dilemmas, and choices about courses of action. Through exploration of the links between leadership, the change context, organisational culture, leadership values and behaviours and change practice, they will be able to make informed decisions about how to utilise the leadership and change resources at their disposal (individually and collectively). The key themes are: concepts, theories and models of leadership and their relevance to organisational change circumstances; the challenge of change and the key organisational and people factors impacting on its nature and enactment; the role, nature and impact of values and culture in both pursuing and responding to change and its leadership; and the core skills and techniques required to enable, enact and evaluate effective change.


The module is designed for practising managers who aspire to understanding and developing their leadership capability and strengthening their change leadership expertise. 


The key objectives are to:   

  • Introduce key concepts, theories and models of leadership, organisational culture and values, change capabilities and approaches. 

  • Support students development as organisational leaders. 

  • Explore connections between leadership, organisational culture and values and change capabilities which are necessary to fulfil an organisation's remit. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate their ability to:  

  • Make appropriate and effective use of different approaches to leadership and change.  

  • Identify and apply the key leadership and change resources required to take an organisation forward.  

  • Understand and develop their own and others ' leadership and change responsiveness capability.  

Additional outcomes:

  • Make appropriate and effective use of different approaches to leadership and change.  

  • Identify the key leadership and change resources required to take an organisation forward.  

  • Understand and develop their own and others’ leadership and change responsiveness capability.  

  • Develop their change leadership capability through knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of leaders, the nature and impact of change, and the culture and values in the business environment.  

  • Demonstrate their ability to compare, contrast and critique the theoretical work in leadership and change and apply this to current business examples.  

  • Demonstrate by their own behaviours, the attributes appropriate to leading in an ethical and authentic manner, both as an individual and when working as a team. 

Outline content:

The module core addresses fundamental topics within areas such as :  

  • The pluralistic view of leadership. 

  • Leaders and leadership 

  • The dark side of leadership 

  • Organisational culture, values and diversity 

  • Preparing for change 

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  • Change interventions 

Global context:

Consideration is given to leading within a global context taking account of different cultures and values. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The content is delivered through 2 days of taught sessions, supported by key reading from texts and other sources, practical activities for each topic with group and cohort discussion. Guest speakers may be included in order to study contemporary situations. Case material is included to stretch the practical application of theory and experience. An element of self-reflection is included to build awareness and identify development needs. On-line support material i s made available via Canvas. 



Contact hours:

Contact Hours:  




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Project supervision 








Practical classes 




Supervised time in studio/workshop 



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External visits 




Work-based learning 





Independent Study Hours (Guide): 




Wider reading (independent) 




Wider reading (directed) 




Exam revision / preparation 




Peer assisted learning 



Advance preparation for classes 

  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Supervised time in studio/workshop 11
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 10
    Wider reading (directed) 30
    Peer assisted learning 3
    Advance preparation for classes 5
    Essay preparation 25
    Reflection 6
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

There are no examinations for this module

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One 3,500 word individual assignment, to be submitted as per the submission schedule for the cohort. 

Formative assessment methods:

Workshop activities are undertaken to support formative assessment of the learning. These activities are not assessed for the purposes of the final module mark.  This formative assessment takes the form of feedback given to students at workshops on syndicate work, presentations and exercises. 

Penalties for late submission:

These are in accordance with the arrangements laid out in the MBA programme handbook. 


Assessment requirements for a pass:

In the individual assignment, a pass mark of 50% must be achieved. 

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment by 100% assignment (capped at 50%); to be submitted within 6 weeks of notification of module failure, date dependent on cohort entry and to be advised by the Programme Administrator. 


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 4 April 2020


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