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Postgraduate Course: Strategic Leadership 2 (CMSE11608)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryStrategic leadership is the core theme running through the Online MBA programme, which includes the key content and subject discipline areas of importance to the study of strategic leadership. The aim of the course is to follow on from Strategic Leadership 1 and 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 MBA students.
Course description Academic description

This course follows on from Strategic Leadership 1 and focusses on the Context following the introduction of Principals in the previous course. This course 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.

Outline Content
Context (Year 2)
Strategic Leadership in Context: the entrepreneurial dimension
Strategic Leadership in Context: the disruptive dimension and the new world of management (2 sessions)
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
Guest speakers

Student Learning Experience
Pre-recorded lectures and online tutorials will be led by an experienced academic.
Sessions will be principally divided into two parts. The first part will be pre-recorded online lectures. The second part will typically involve students in developing the knowledge they have just learnt through online tutorials and group project activities. The actual formal assessments which will include one group and one individual assignment, will enable students to effectively demonstrate application of learning and learning outcomes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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 and critically analyse an organisation for strengths and weaknesses in strategic leadership.
  2. Critically compare alternative approaches to understanding strategic leadership and the direct and indirect role of strategic leadership and strategic leaders within and across organisations.
  3. Identify and discuss critically the relationship between businesses, global challenges, ethics and CSR in today¿s leadership environment.
  4. Understand and discuss critically the links between strategic leadership, innovation and organizational change
  5. Apply current strategic leadership thinking: entrepreneurial; disruptive; global challenges; strategic communications.
Reading List
There are no core texts but here are an example of readings that will be provided:
Porter, M (2008). The five competitive forces that shape strategy. Harvard Business Review, 86(1): 78-93.

Reeves, M., Love, C. and Tillmanns, P. (2012) Your strategy needs a strategy. Harvard Business Review, 90(9), p. 76-83.

Kim, W, Mauborgne, R (2004). Blue Ocean Strategy. Harvard Business Review, 82(10): 76-84.

Sull, D, Homkes R, Sull C. (2015). Why strategy execution unravels and what to do about it. Harvard Business Review, 93(3): 58 - 66

Case: Pepsico¿s Turning Point.

Hitt, M.A., Haynes, K.T., & Serpa, R. (2010). Strategic leadership for the 21st century. Business Horizons, 53, 437-444

Eccles, R.G., Perkins, K.M., & Serafeim, G. (2012). How to become a sustainable company. MIT Sloan Management Review, 53(4), 43-50.

The Essential skills of Strategic leadership 2013, HBR

Case: Growing Your Own, How to Lead So People Develop (excerpted from Immunity to Change: How To Overcome it and Unlock Potential in Yourself and Your Organisation), Harvard Business Review

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills
C1 Meaningful Interpersonal Interaction

C2 Effective Emotional Intelligence

C3 Authentic Leadership

C4 Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Business Behaviour

C5 Appropriate Communication

C6 Understand and Make Effective Use of Data and Information

C7 Creative and Entrepreneurial Practice

C8 Personal and Professional Competence

C9 Academic Excellence

C10 Intellectual Curiosity

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Course organiserMr Julian Rawel
Tel: (0131 6)50 8067
Course secretaryMs Sarah Yaxley
Tel: (0131 6)50 3475
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