BM7100: Leadership by Design

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BM7100: Leadership by Design

Module Title Leadership by Design
Module Code BM7100
Module Tutor Jocelyne Fleming
School School of Business and Technology
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The module aims to address the need to develop design centred leaders that will facilitate organisations to achieve their financial and social aims in a rapidly changing economy. Rather than viewing these concerns as separate challenges, organisations have begun to combine them in an expanded developmental focus which is named 'strategic leadership development'. It will also explore the application of design thinking to leadership and how this can promote creativity and innovation with organisations to contribute to their sustainable development. This focus blends traditional education activities with management, leadership and organisation development techniques which facilitate continuous learning, continuous knowledge creation and organisational competitiveness.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will be delivered to cover three distinctive areas;


Firstly, the challenge of leadership which includes the models and cycles of leadership; the changing strategic context; and the role and contribution of design centred leadership.


Part two will focus on the leadership by design process, this will include methods and priorities and evaluating impacts.


The final part of the module focuses on the future. This includes meeting challenges for organisations and the research base that supports leading edge examples of new paradigm approaches to leadership and leadership development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:


1.    Demonstrate  a critical awareness of current issues in leadership and management  and the role of design centred leadership in promoting the sustained development of organisations  (LO 14a 9)


2.    Understand and apply principles and processes of facilitation of  sustainable design centred leadership (LO 14a 7)


3.    Demonstrate basic competence in facilitation as a leadership style


4.    Critically evaluate different approaches to leadership development (Lo 14 a4)


5.    Understand strengths and weaknesses of various paradigms of Leadership.


6.    Apply techniques to be able assess development methodologies that supports leadership development and design (Lo 14b 1)


Apply principles of leadership by design to a global environment (LO 14b1, c10)

Learning and Teaching Activities

Total study time will be 150 hours.


Scheduled learning and teaching activities:  30  hours:  Include lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, external visits, scheduled on-line discussions or similar


Guided independent study:  120 hours:  Include both directed learning undertaken in student’s own time, and their own self-directed study for assessment.

Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, presentation: 15 minutes
002: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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