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21921 Integrative Strategy and Leadership

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Subject handbook information prior to 2018 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Business
Credit points: 8 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 27800 Integrative Strategy and Leadership

Description

This is the first subject in the EMBA and is integral to building the cohort experience. The subject is delivered intensively using residential and weekend modes of delivery. Students are introduced to a range of leadership attributes from transactional and transformational to values leadership. Strategy is analysed through cases from industry. Through a range of diagnostics, games and problem-solving challenges, students are expected to reflect on their own leadership and team-building capabilities, and to integrate this with attributes of strategic thinking.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate effective leadership and teamwork, self-reflective and high quality communication skills.
2. Integrate innovative problem-solving with elements of strategy and leadership.
3. Research and critically assess business strategy through analysis of industry and competitive conditions.
4. Undertake a strategic analysis of a company's competitive situation and future prospects

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:

  • Research and design a framework for the formulation and implementation of strategies in a local and a global context (1.1)
  • Demonstrate the capacity for creativity, innovation and value creation in tactical and strategic business decisions or change management processes (2.1)
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and self-reflective abilities in high quality communications for different audiences (3.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Integrative Strategy and Leadership introduces students to problem-solving methodologies that call on a range of business skills and functions. It emphasises complexities around identifying problems and frames through which approaches to problem-solving can be viewed. This approach also calls on students to become aware of their own interpersonal skills in dealing with challenging situations where leadership may be distributed and the search for common values agreed and foregrounded. As the first subject in the EMBA, it sets the ethos of the course acknowledging and respecting individual experiences and capabilities within a collaborative environment.

This subject contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject uses a variety of teaching strategies including experiential learning activities.

Content (topics)

  • Problem-solving and creative-thinking strategies
  • Leadership, team and organisational dynamics
  • Understanding the self, understanding others
  • Experience, reflection and learning
  • Key concepts and forces in global business
  • Corporate strategy and business models
  • Strategy formulation and implementation
  • Opportunity searches
  • Leadership styles and theory
  • Strategic orientation – where and how to compete

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Leadership skills analysis (individual)

Intent:

ASSESSMENT 1: LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND ANALYSIS

Write a reflective and evaluative essay on your leadership style, ability and potential relating to the key issues raised in this subject.

Objective(s):

This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 4

This addresses program learning objectives(s):

3.1

Weight: 50%
Length:

2,500 words maximum (excluding references)

Criteria:

Assessment Criteria

The Assessment Criteria will be uploaded to UTS Online and will be distributed at the Residential. Please make sure you have addressed the Assessment Criteria in your work. The Assessment Criteria will be used to mark your work.

Assessment task 2: Strategy Case Study (individual)

Intent:

You will be required to addresss a number of question on specific case in strategy

Objective(s):

This addresses subject learning objective(s):

2, 3 and 4

This addresses program learning objectives(s):

1.1 and 2.1

Weight: 50%
Length:

4 pages, (single space 11 point)

Criteria:

The Assessment Criteria will be uploaded to UTS Online and will be distributed at the Residential. Please make sure you have addressed the Assessment Criteria in your work. The Assessment Criteria will be used to mark your work.

Minimum requirements

To pass the subject, students must achieve at least 50% of the final overall grade.

Required texts

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ACCESS THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE:

http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/help/study-skills/assignment-survival-kit

Recommended texts

Johnson, G., Whittington, R., Scholes, K., Angwin, D. and Regner, P. (2013) Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases, 10th Edition, Prentice-Hall, London.

This book is a good investment for your whole EMBA and should be purchased by all students if possible. It will also be useful for the Strategic Value Chain, Innovation by Design and Integrated Business Consulting Subjects

The leadership material from Manning and Curtis (2015) is being provided free of charge by McGraw Hill publishing and is available via UTS Online

References

LEADERSHIP REFERENCES

ESSENTIAL

Manning, G & Curtis K (2015) The Art of Leadership 5th ed. McGraw Hill, Sydney. (pages 1-64 accessed via UTS Online).

The University of Melbourne, Center for Workplace Leadership has a range of very useful resources on leadership. The CWL general website is:

http://www.workplaceleadership.com.au

For a specific review of research on leadership which will be useful for you assignment please see

http://www.workplaceleadership.com.au/app/uploads/2014/07/Workplace-Leadership-A-Review-of-Prior-Research-20142.pdf

For recently released survey findings on the state of leadership in Australia (Exec Summaryu to start with) please see:

http://sal.workplaceleadership.com.au

Also useful are the following leadership articles:

Collins, J. 2005, 'Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve', Harvard Business Review, July.

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/36930/

Goffee, R and Jones, G. 2000, 'Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?', Harvard Business Review, September- October.

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/11105/

Goleman, D. 2004, 'What Makes a Leader', Harvard Business Review, January.

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/36931/

O'Reilly, C.A. Cladwell, D. F., Chatman, J. A., Lapiz, M., Self, W. 2010 ‘How leadership matters: The effects of leaders' alignment on strategy implementation’ Leadership Quarterly, vol 21, pp104-113.

http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/27309/

Schoemaker, P.J.H., Krupp, S. and Howland, S. 2013, 'Strategic Leadership: The Essential Skills', Harvard Business Review, January-February.

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/36932/

The following are useful textbooks that also cover leadership theory and practice from many perspective. In addition to the recommended readings, these general texts may provide a starting point for your exploration of leadership if you can access them.

Daft, R. L. (2015) The Leadership Experience, 6th Ed., Cengage Learning.

Lussier, R. N. & Achua, C. F. 2010, Leadership: theory, application and skill development, Cengage, Mason.

Nohria. N & Khurana, R. (eds) 2010, Handbook of leadership theory and practice : an HBS centennial colloquium on advancing leadership, HBP, Harvard.

Northouse,P. 2010 Leadership: Theory and Practice, 5th ed. Sage, Los Angeles.

Storey, J. (ed) 2011, Leadership in organizations: current issues and key trends, 2nd ed. Routledge, NY.

Many of the readings from journal articles will be on the Digital Resource available through the library. The general link to this is: http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/search.html?q=27800

Some interesting articles on leadership that may be useful for your assignment (accessed via link) include:

Bligh, M.C. and Robinson, J.L. 2010, ‘Was Gandhi "charismatic"? Exploring the rhetorical leadership of Mahatma Gandhi’, Leadership Quarterly vol 21, pp 844-855

http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/27310/

Cote, S. Lopes, P. N., Salovey, P. & Miners, C. Y.H., 2010, ‘Emotional intelligence and leadership emergence in small groups’, Leadership Quarterly, vol 21, pp 496-508.

http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/27350/

Crossan, M., Vera D. & Nanjad L. 2008, ‘Transcendent leadership: Strategic leadership in dynamic environments’ Leadership Quarterly vol 19, pp 569-581

http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/20771/

O'Reilly, C.A. Cladwell, D. F., Chatman, J. A., Lapiz, M., Self, W. 2010 ‘How leadership matters: The effects of leaders' alignment on strategy implementation’ Leadership Quarterly, vol 21, pp104-113.

http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/27309/

Sims, P. H., Faraj, S. & Yun, S. 2009, ‘When should a leader be directive or empowering? How to develop your own situational theory of leadership’, Business Horizons, vol 52, pp 149-158.

http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/27423/

The following journals on Leadership may be useful

Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies

Journal of Leadership Studies

Leadership and Organizational Development Journal

Leadership Quarterly

Harvard Business Review [Access through the library: http://find.lib.uts.edu.au/?R=OPAC_b2339139]

STRATEGY REFERENCES

ESSENTIAL

Johnson, G., Whittington, R., Scholes, K., Angwin, D. and Regner, P. (2013) Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases, 10th ed. Prentice-Hall, London

Porter M.E (2008). The Five Competitive Forces that Shape Strategy. Harvard Business Review January 2008

Christenses, C, Raynor, M and McDonald R (2015) What is Disruptive Innovation. Harvard Business Review December 2015

Mintzberg, H & Lampel, J. (1999) Reflecting on the Strategy Process MIT Sloan Management Review Spring 1999 40:3 pg 21ff

Lindstädt, H and Mýller, J Making Game Theory Work for Managers McKinsey Quarterly January 2010

Kim, W Chan & Mauborgne R, (2004) Blue Ocean Strategy. Harvard Business Review October, 2004

Strategic Innovation Simulation: Back Bay Battery. Harvard Business School. Prod # 7015-HTM-ENG

ADDITIONAL

The readings below are useful wider reading for the Strategy assessment component of this subject and can be accessed via the link.

Camillus, J.C. 2008, ‘Strategy as a wicked problem’, Harvard Business Review May, pp99-106

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/19330/

Collis, D.J. & Rukstad, M.G. 2008 ‘Can You Say What Your Strategy Is?’ HBR Vol 86, Issue 4 pp. 82 – 90.

http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/26588/

Eccles, R. G. & Serafeim, G. 2013, 'The Performance Frontier: innovating for a sustainable strategy', HBR, May pp50-60

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/36963/

Hagel III, J. S. & Davison, L 2008. ‘Shaping Strategy in a World of Constant Disruption’, Harvard Business Review vol 86, Issue 10, pp 80-89.

http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/26547/

Kim, W.C. and Mauborgne, R. 2009, ‘How strategy shapes structure’, Harvard Business Review September, pp72-90

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/36970/

Martin, R. 2014, 'The big lie of strategic planning', HBR, January-February, pp78-84

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/36964/

Montgomery, C. A.2008, ‘Putting leadership back into strategy’, Harvard Business Review January, pp54-60

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/26589/

Neilson, G.L., Martin, K.L. & Powers, E. 2008, ‘The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution’ Harvard Business Review June, pp 60-70

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/24389/

Ready, D. A., Hill, L.A. & Thomas, R. J. 2014, ‘Building a game-changing talent strategy’, Harvard Business Review Jan-Feb pp62-68
http://find.lib.uts.edu.au/?R=OPAC_b2339139 [Please note that this is a general link to Harvard Business Review]

Reeves, M., Love, C. and Tillmanns, P. 2012, ‘Your strategy needs a strategy’, Harvard Business Review September, pp76-83

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/36969/

Ryall, M. D 2013, ‘The new dynamics of competition’ Harvard Business Review June, pp 80-87

https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/drr/36975/

Wilkinson, A & Kupers R. 2013, ‘Living in the Futures’, Harvard Business Review May pp 119-127

http://find.lib.uts.edu.au/?R=OPAC_b2339139 [Please note that this is a general link to Harvard Business Review]