Leadership and Management Development - BUSN6003

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Soo Hee Lee checkmark-circle


The module aims to develop critical appreciation of the management activities and leadership skills required in dynamic organisations operating in both national and international contexts. Current theory and research on the role which appropriate leadership behaviours can play in improving managerial and organisational effectiveness is explored. In addition a core feature of the module is student engagement in a range of individual and group development activities and their subsequent self-reflection on their progress and ongoing development needs. In doing so the module aims to develop self-awareness and emotional intelligence in the practice of management, as well as promoting the importance of personal strategies relating to career management, and individual leadership behaviour.

Areas to be covered will include:
• Review of Management Activities and Roles: Planning and decision making, organising and resourcing, controlling and accountability including performance management responsibilities.
• Leadership v Management: Consideration of the differences in these roles within organisations.
• Development of Leadership Theories: From transactional to ethical, authentic and transformational leadership approaches and models of 'leaderful' practice.
• Strategic leadership: Business values, organisational culture(s) and business ethics.
• Leadership in Different Cultures: International perspectives on leadership behaviour and effectiveness; communicating across cultures.
• Managing Self: Self-concept; impression management, networking; organisational power and politics; career development strategies.
• Managing & Influencing Others: Emotional intelligence, assertiveness, ethical power and influence strategies, delegation, empowerment and trust.
• Managing & Leading Teams: Creating high performance teams; team roles; stages of group formation/team life cycle; team building.


Contact hours

Lectures 11
Seminars 10
Independent study 129
Total hours 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Individual Report (1500 words) (40%)
Individual Extended Essay (3000 words) (60%)

Reassessment method:
100% coursework

Indicative reading

• Buelens, M. et al (2011), Organisational Behaviour, 4th ed. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill
• Caproni, P.J. (2005), Management Skills for Everyday Life: The Practical Coach, Harlow: Pearson/Prentice Hall
• Gray, R (2004), How People Work. A Field Guide to People and Performance, Harlow: Pearson/Prentice Hall
• Marchington, M. and Wilkinson, A. (2008) Human Resource Management at Work: People management and development, London: CIPD
• Pucik, V., et al., (2008), People Strategies for Global Firms, Abingdon: Routledge
• Purcell, J. et al., (2009), People Management & Performance, Abingdon: Routledge
• Stone, D. and Stone-Romero, E. (2007), The Influence of Culture on Human Resource Management Processes and Practices, Abingdon: Routledge
• Rayner, C & Adam-Smith (2005) Managing & Leading People. London: CIPD
• Yukl, G. (2010), Leadership in Organizations, Harlow: Pearson

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- review the nature of managerial work from a strategic and operational perspective
- critically analyse the effectiveness of theories relating to leadership in a variety of organisational contexts
- examine the cross-cultural challenges of leadership and management in an international context
- critically review issues relating to managerial career development barriers and enablers
- reflect on personal development in relation to skills required for managerial career success

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- think critically and analytically
- design and conduct research effectively
- effectively manage their own learning and personal development
- communicate effectively in written, visual and aural modes both in interpersonal and group contexts
- work effectively and sensitively in a multi-cultural work environment


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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