Leading and Managing People in Chaos and Complexity - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study - Individual and Group (30-40%) , Group Discussion Board Task - (20-30%) - Learn more

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Domestic 3,233.00
Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,483.00
International continuing 2,913.00

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The unit enables students to conceptualise challenges to leading and managing organisations and stakeholders in adapting to complex and often paradigm-shifting organisational environments. It critiques emerging debates around new business competencies for leaders and managers to leverage emergent knowledge creation and adaptive practice required for collaborative, multi-stakeholder agendas associated with global business dynamics. In so doing, it critiques the complexity of integrating commercial, environmental, social, people, political and governance domains of business activity. The unit aims to facilitate students' capacity to conceptualise and operate within levels of complexity in organisational agendas, contribute to organisational adaptive process and associated culture building.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

After successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse leadership models in historical and contemporary business environments
  2. Apply problem solving methodologies to complex environments that require leadership skills associated with building a “readiness-for change” culture, embedding organisational and individual resilience
  3. Critically analyse leadership and managerial competencies relevant to leveraging emergent knowledge creation and adaptive practice required for collaborative, multi-stakeholder agendas associated with global business dynamics
  4. Demonstrate developed knowledge to build social capital and related teamwork as an element of sustainable business practice in meeting complex global agendas.
  • Case Study — Individual and Group (30-40%)
  • Group Discussion Board Task — (20-30%)
  • Report — (30-50%)

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Organisational development & behaviour: the change challenge
2Nature and pace of change: strategic management challenges
3Complexity theories, leadership and management practice
4Complexity and team dynamics
5The individual's response to change
6Noetic behaviour and change management practice
7Cognitive processing under stress: the role of sensemaking
8Facilitating effective change
9Motivation, empowerment and employee engagement
10Resilience and coping with change
11Sustainable people leadership and management practices: responsible and eco-leadership

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Organizational Behavior: Integrating Individuals,

    By:Champoux, Joseph E.

    ISBN: 9781138949089


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