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Postgraduate Course: Strategic Leadership (MBA) (CMSE11266)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course aims to set out the changing global context within which business leadership occurs and to explore the implications for the nature of leadership and requirements of strategic leaders in the future.
Course description Strategic leadership is the core theme running through the MBA programme. Strategic Leadership is a 20 credit course which includes the key content and subject discipline areas of importance to the study of strategic leadership. The aim of the course is to provide students with the necessary background in the discipline of strategic leadership in order to understand how this contributes to overall management/senior management skills and competencies, necessary for graduating FT students.
The course is divided in two parts: Principles and Context. The Principles section includes Introduction to Strategic Management and Thinking; Strategic Leadership, both self and in the wider organisational context; Managing Strategic Change; Ethics within Strategic Leadership; The place of Strategic Leadership within the overall HRM function. The Context section looks at specific contextual elements of strategic leadership. The Entrepreneurial Dimension; Disruptive Dimension; Importance of strategic communication; the Wider Global Challenges; Analytics for Strategic Leaders.
At 20 credits, this is the highest credit bearing course on the MBA programme (Capstone Project excluded), a course of real status.

Strategic Thinking and Planning 1: where are we now?
Strategic Thinking and Planning 2: where are we going?
Strategic Leadership: the roles and responsibilities of strategic leaders across the organisation
The Strategic Leadership Development Process: developing yours and others strategic leadership capacity
Managing Strategic Change
The Ethical Dimensions of Strategic Leadership
How Strategic Leadership fits with a typical HRM Module

Strategic Leadership in Context: the entrepreneurial dimension (2 sessions)
Strategic Leadership in Context: the disruptive dimension and the new world of management (2
Strategic Leadership in Context: the communications and reputation dimension (2 sessions)
Strategic Leadership in Context: the VUCA dimension
Analytics and the Strategic Leader (2 sessions)
The Strategic Leadership Big Picture
The Boardroom Challenge

Student Learning Experience
The course will be taught over two semesters. Each session will be led by an experienced academic. Sessionswill be principally divided into two parts. The first part will be the more formal yet interactive lecture. Thesecond part will typically involve students in developing the knowledge they have just learnt through a seriesof non-credit bearing tutorials and group project activities. The actual formal assessments which will includetwo group and one individual assignment, will enable students to effectively demonstrate application oflearning and learning outcomes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For Business School PG students only, or by special permission of the School. Please contact the course secretary.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the nature of strategy and the strategic planning process
  2. Critically analyse an organisation for strengths and weaknesses in strategic leadership
  3. Critically compare alternative approaches to understanding strategic leadership and the direct and indirect role of strategic leadership and strategic leaders within and across organisations.
  4. Identify and discuss critically the relationship between businesses, global challenges, ethics and CSR in today¿s leadership environment.
  5. Understand and discuss critically the links between strategic leadership, innovation and organizational change. Apply current strategic leadership thinking ¿ entrepreneurial; disruptive; global challenges; strategic communications.
Reading List
Guidance on reading will be provided at the start of the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Combination of written and verbal communication
Opportunity to influence through group presentations and group dynamics/activity
CSR covered extensively within the course
Self-awareness and reflection integral to individual assessment
Decision making is a key part of course assessment
Creativity is an important part of group assessments as well as non-assessed
in class activity
Students are directed towards a wide range of reading resource
Analytics for strategic leaders is a core aspect of the course
Individual assessment includes critical thinking and independent research
KeywordsStrategy Leadership Global
Course organiserDr Peter Flett
Tel: (0131 6)51 1039
Course secretaryMrs Angela Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 3854
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