MANAGEMT 7086 - Fundamentals of Leadership
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code MANAGEMT 7086 Course Fundamentals of Leadership Coordinating Unit Business School Term Trimester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Course Description Upon completion, students will possess an understanding of the development of management thought and practice, providing a background against which new trends in management can be viewed. They will be able to identify and discuss the major challenges facing management in today's environment, and, with heightened self-awareness, develop the understanding and communication skills required to effectively lead and manage a diverse workforce. To achieve success in today's competitive environment it is essential that managers develop the ability to interact positively with others, whether they be employees, employers, colleagues, customers or suppliers. Strong interpersonal skills are also required if students are to maximise the benefits from their management studies. Fundamentals of Leadership, positioned at the beginning of the MBA program, encourages students to explore issues and develop personal skills central to leadership. By exploring self-awareness, students will be well placed to broaden their understanding of others. Topics include written and oral communication skills, team skills, conflict management and stress management.
Course Coordinator: Lois Whittall1.3 COURSE FACILITATOR
Lois Whittall, B.A. Hons, (University of Liverpool, UK), MBA (University of Adelaide), FCMA
Office The Business School, Rm 1031, 10 Pulteney St
Telephone: +61 417 871 218
Skype name: loisemma
Lois Whittall is an Adjunct Lecturer in the University of Adelaide Business School with extensive experience in facilitating management education in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Currently, she teaches the core courses Fundamentals of Leadership (FOL) and Managing Contemporary Organisations in the MBA programs both on and off shore, and an elective Entrepreneurship. Lois has background in finance and completed the Chartered Management Accounting qualification in 1982.
Lois' research interests are in Adaptive Leadership and Change, Appreciative Inquiry and Social Entrepreneurship. She is currently using Action Research to explore these topics in Cambodia.
Lois has a background in Organisational Development, Human Resource Management and Finance. She has worked in a variety of public and private sector organisations in the UK and Australia in senior management roles, and is currently working with multi-national companies in Australia and North and South East Asia.
Lois’ last full time role was as Executive Director of a small company with about 40 employees. In the five years before she left she worked with her team to more than double the size of the business. At present as well as teaching in the MBA she works extensively for the University’s Executive Education Division as well as a consultant primarily with senior management teams in multi-national organisations. She has designed and delivered Leadership Development programs for a number of global companies working in the oil sector, electronics, pharmaceuticals, for a large software supplier and several government corporations. She has broad hands-on experience in the areas of organisational change, performance management, finance and customer service.
In early 2005 Lois started a project in Northern Cambodia which provides resources so that young women living in remote communities can finish high school and (if they do well enough) continue with higher education. The aim is to return teachers, doctors, nurses, business people and confident young women leaders to their villages. There are currently have 36 students completing years 10 – 12 of high school, 11 students at university and four qualified primary school teacher, three high school teachers one nurse and four midwives working back in their villages. Four other ex-students are running a successful solar business. Working with some of the world’s poorest people in a province still infested with landmines involves a lot of learning especially about culture and leadership and creates an interesting life balance.
Availability for consultation: Please email in the first instance.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Intensive 1 (31 January – 1 February 2014)
Learning / Leadership / Authority / Management
Yourself as a ‘system’
Research Skills Workshop Monday 3 February, 4.30-6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library
This workshop will be led by Marg Chapman and Qing Liang and will cover:
• Familiarity with the library online catalogue
• Understanding of how to use databases to search for resources
• Awareness and development of a critical approach to selecting and reading sources
Report Writing Workshop Fri 21 February 2014 5.00-6.30pm
Bank SA Room, Level 1, Nexus 10
This workshop will be led by Athena Kerley and will cover:
• Understanding of expectations in terms of demonstrated skills
• Ability to structure assignment based on analysis of assignment task requirements
• Understanding of how to write a data commentary and synthesise theory to support claims
• Ability to present a logical and coherent argument in an appropriately formal register
Note that these two courses are not only about FOL but are a foundation to the whole of your MBA studies.
Intensive 2 (28 February and 1 March 2014)
A sustainable world: Leadership responsibility for “the Commons”
The group / team thing
Intensive 3 (4 – 5 April 2014)
Communication, creativity, conflict and stress
Group projects: sharing your learning
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Our intensives are at the weekend and access to the room we are using will be by swipe card. Please make sure that you have an access card so that you can enter 10 Pulteney Street.
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Course Learning OutcomesFundamentals of Leadership, positioned at the beginning of the MBA program, encourages students to explore issues and develop personal skills central to leadership. By exploring self-awareness, students will be well placed to broaden their understanding of others thoughout the MBA program. Objectives for the course inlcude:
2.1.1 To develop an understanding of leadership theory but more importantly to develop a personal definition of leadership. 2.1.2 To explore the concepts of ‘leadership’, ‘authority’, ‘technical’ and ‘adaptive’ change. 2.1.3 To identify the major challenges facing management in today's complex orgnaisational environment. 2.1.4 To gain a heightened self-awareness 2.1.5 To appreciate the range of communication skills required to effectively lead and manage a diverse workforce 2.1.6 To explore how to interact positively with others, whether they be employees, employers, colleagues, customers or suppliers 2.1.7 To gain awareness of the interpersonal skills required to maximise the benefits from their management studies
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 2.1.1 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2.1.1 - 2.1.6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2.1.5 - 2.1.6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2.1.3 - 2.1.4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2.1.1 - 2.1.6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2.1.1 - 2.1.6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2.1.3 - 2.1.6
The following two books are required reading for this course:
Heifetz, R.A and Linsky, M., 2002 Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading (Boston: Harvard Business School Press,)
Joiner, B., and Josephs, S., 2007 Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change (Jossey Bass)
A third text is highly recommended:
Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, 2009, Immunity to Change, How to overcome it and Unlock the potential in Yourself and your Organization, (Harvard Business Review Press)
Recommended ResourcesStudents may wish to read more widely in specific subject areas, something that the BUSINESS SCHOOL wholeheartedly encourages. There are many general texts on management and leadership, and on managerial skills that students may find useful. Perhaps of greatest assistance though are readings from leading academic journals, current business journals and the better newspapers. Relevant journals include:
- Academy of Management Journal (USA),
- Academy of Management Review (USA),
- Administrative Science Quarterly (USA),
- Australian Journal of Public Administration,
- California Management Review,
- Harvard Business Review (USA),
- Journal of Management and Organisation,
- Journal of Conflict Resolution,
- Journal of Management,
- Leadership Quarterly,
- Personnel Psychology (USA)
Full texts of a great many of the articles that appear in these journals can be accessed via the University of Adelaide’s library databases. There are numerous references at the conclusion of each reading which will supplement your learning of particular topics. I will point out additional articles on various topics for those who are inspired to delve more deeply during the course.
Online LearningImportant messages, topic notes, power point slides, case studies, Discussion Boards and other materials relating to the course will be placed on MyUni throughout the course. MyUni can be found at (www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au)
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesFundamentals of Leadership (FOL) is a face-to-face seminar course offered in intensive mode and supplemented by communication via MyUni.
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Students are expected to prepare for class by watching the video clips, reading the assigned readings, and reflecting on these in relation to their own work contexts. Additional preparation for group work is also required to complete the group project as detailed in the Course Folder.
LEARNING ACTIVITIES SUMMARY
Class sessions will generally be a mix of content provision (very little), class discussion (a lot) and activity such as role plays or scenario analysis
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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