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Postgraduate Course: Strategic Leadership (EMBA) (CMSE11287)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
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 The course provides an integrating platform for the MBA. The course begins with frame-setting context exploring global challenges and implications arising from climate change, water insecurity, poverty, health issues, the energy crisis, globalisation and technological innovation. The course proceeds across Years 1 and 2, led by faculty from the Centre for Strategic Leadership. In addition to setting an important context for strategic leadership, this course serves as a point of integration across the MBA courses exploring cross-cutting issues and participants leadership style. In Year 2, participants will engage in a leadership-shadowing exercise to observe and be-observed in the context of leadership in practice.

Setting the context in which business leadership occurs
Strategic Leadership and Board Governance
Shared strategic and team leadership, decision making, and alignment
The role of numbers in strategic leadership through accounting and financial reporting
Strategic leadership of technology and innovation
Entrepreneurial thinking in leadership
Issues of power and relations with media
Leadership in managing human, social capital and radical change
Global strategic leadership issues
Leadership and natural capital

Student Learning Experience
The learning strategy for the course is for participants to complete key readings from recommended textbooks and articles, attend interactive lectures and seminars led by practitioners, faculty and other thought-leaders. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences on leadership and the implementation of strategy within organisations. Leadership diagnostics are also utilised to stimulate personal reflection. Slides and supporting materials are made available on the course website, accessible through Learn.
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. Critically analyse an organisation for strengths and weaknesses in strategic leadership.
  2. Critically compare alternative approaches to understanding strategic leadership.
  3. Identify and discuss critically the relationship between businesses and global challenges.
  4. Understand and discuss critically the links between strategic leadership, innovation and organizational change.
  5. Understand and discuss critically the direct and indirect role of strategic leadership and strategic leaders within and across organisations.
Reading List
Guidance on reading will be provided during the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive and Subject Specific Skills:
Demonstrate holistic and interconnected thinking on business leadership issues and practice.
Relate strategic leadership to the role of business and management functions.
Engage in sophisticated debate and argument on contemporary leadership issues.

Transferable Skills:
Demonstrate enhanced interpersonal skills arising from practice in role play and debate.
Successfully undertake independent reading and enquiry.
Articulate convincing arguments in writing.
Engage in active debate about one's own or potential leadership practice and experience.
Develop self-awareness through active written reflection.
KeywordsStrategy Leadership Global
Course organiserProf Susan Murphy
Tel: (01316)51 5548
Course secretaryMs Inga Ackermann
Tel: (0131 6)51 5294
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