Leadership Theory and Practice - BUSN9047

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module aims to provide students with a rigorous framework of knowledge and practical applications concerning leadership, people management and organisational change that they will need whatever the degree of specialisation they later elect to follow. It has a number of distinct learning objectives.

Firstly, the module seeks to familiarise students with major contemporary research evidence on effective approaches to leadership in various contexts. Research focusing on the links between people management practices, organisational processes and positive organisational outcomes is examined, as is research that highlights the role of leadership in addressing major contemporary challenges to sustainable development. Secondly, the module introduces students to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, change management, and leadership development. It aims to help them become effective leaders as well as effective managers, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance. Finally, the module requires students to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 23

Private study hours: 127

Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Individual Essay (2500 words) (40%)
Examination, 2 hour (60%).

Reassessment method
100% Exam

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

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:

- Explain and critically analyse the theories and concepts of leadership and management and their application in organisations.

- Evaluate, select and apply a range of approaches to identifying leadership and management development needs in differing organisational contexts, cultural and international contexts.

- Critically analyse and evaluate approaches to the formulation and implementation of leadership and management development strategies to meet organisational needs and evaluate leadership performance and competence.

- Design, critically evaluate and advise on a range of leadership and management development interventions to implement leadership and management development strategies and plans.

- Critically evaluate the role of leaders in ethically managing change and the role of leaders and managers in working collaboratively, ethically and effectively to support a partnership approach to leadership and management development.

- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of how to act ethically and professionally with a demonstrated commitment to leadership and management development and continuous personal and professional development

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- Set leadership and management in the wider context of general organisational management.

- Develop their abilities to critically assess and evaluate the impact of leadership and management on the performance of organisations.

- Develop their analytical skills by linking theoretical perspectives on leadership to contemporary organisational situations throughout the course of the module.

- Plan work and work independently.

- Write coherently and undertake independent critical analysis.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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