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This is an intellectually demanding unit with a lot of reading required and is designed for those who are likely to find themselves in leadership positions. The focus of this unit is on gaining an understanding of how and why leaders influence change. This should facilitate attendees in increasing the effectiveness of leadership and change management skills at an individual and organisation level. Leadership and change management are increasingly seen to be key factors affecting the performance of contemporary organisations and are important areas of study in the fields of management and organisational behaviour. Effective leadership and change management of organisations are important to professional practices, multinational organisations, and public sector and not-for-profit organisations. This unit explores conventional and alternative perspectives on leadership and also examines the practice of leadership in diverse organisational contexts.

Effective leadership requires a thorough knowledge of theory, and skills in application, so leaders have the capability to develop and implement carefully planned, well-integrated strategies that will support their organisation in achieving its objectives. Change is sometimes said to be the only constant in 21st -century organisations. Effective change management requires strong diagnosis skills linked to the history, context and challenges faced by an organisation. This unit will integrate theoretical and practical aspects of change management to enhance capabilities in the design, development and implementation of change management strategies. It will examine theoretical aspects from both traditional and critical perspectives. The unit will cover the personal aspects of leadership, leaders as relationship builders and leaders as the shapers of organisational change, culture, success and performance.

Summary 2021

Unit name Leadership and Change Management
Unit code BMA701
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management

Dr Toby Newstead

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

ILO1Critically analyse leadership and change management theory and principles.
ILO2Evaluate and apply an integrated leadership and change management approach.
ILO3Appraise how principle elements of leadership impact on self, employees, organisations, and society.



Teaching Pattern

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Critical Response (40%); Group Presentation (30%); Reflection & Integration (30%).

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