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Unit information: Contemporary leadership challenges in 2021/22

Unit name Contemporary leadership challenges
Unit code EFIMM0035
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Beaverstock
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of the Certificate units - Leadership, Strategy and Organisation, and Understanding Change and Uncertainty.



School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit seeks to develop students’ understanding of the complex issues involved in leadership and management in contemporary organisations. Following successful completion of the Certificate units, this final Diploma unit will draw together a variety of themes which add challenge to the leader's role. These will include the challenges of globalisation and the changing structure of the business environment, CSR approaches and issues, dealing with turbulence and resistance, and issues around employee relations and governance

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the role of leaders especially in relation to globalisation and the changing structure of the business environment.
  • Examine the core issues involved in employee relations and governance.
  • Understand a range of approaches to ethics and CSR issues.
  • Identify and describe a range of issues relevant to change management and employee resistance.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, seminars, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Information

Summative assignment by individual essay of 3,000 words (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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