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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2019-2020 (archived)

Module BUSI4N015: Strategic Visioning, Leadership and Change Management (Fudan DBA)

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI4N015: Strategic Visioning, Leadership and Change Management (Fudan DBA)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2019/20 Module Cap None.
Tied to N1A460


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • To develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of key issues regarding leadership in terms of behaviour, perception and social construction with a specific focus on methodological issues. Leadership will be considered in the broad sense, to include, for example, adjacent areas such as development, motivation, and employee/follower performance and attitudes.
  • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to organisational change


  • Classic organisation change, leadership theories and why we have moved on
  • Management development, employee attitudes, motivation and performance
  • Self- and social awareness regrading leaders and leadership
  • Modern leadership approaches
  • Leadership and organisational change
  • Typical methods in the research on leadership, change management

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have an advanced understanding of:
  • the limitations of many classic leadership approaches
  • key issues relevant to leadership, such as management development, employee attitudes, motivation and performance
  • where leadership is placed within the general management picture
  • one’s own biases in leader perceptions
  • the problems and issues in researching leadership in organisations, and be able to identify examples of ‘good’ and ‘poor’ research
  • the nature of Organisational Change in contemporary societies
  • cultural differences and their impact on organisational change
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to skilfully conduct leadership research
  • Ability to critically assess existing leadership research with respect to the methods applied
  • Ability to connect leadership with antecedents, correlates and outcomes that are key to organisations, such as development, motivation, performance and employee attitudes
  • Ability to understand and apply different methodological approaches to leadership and organisation change research
  • Ability to critically analyse a number of different issues relating to the study of structural and cultural change processes
  • Ability to understand Access, Interest and Power issues surrounding organisational change projects
Key Skills:
  • Ability to make an initial formulation and articulation of a potential scheme of research
  • Ability to understand and resolve the problems and issues in undertaking doctoral research
  • Effective written communication
  • Advanced skills of self-awareness and time management

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module will be delivered in a workshop format over an intensive three-day teaching block. Workshops will comprise a balanced mix of lecture- and seminar-type delivery combined with small group discussions and other activities as appropriate to the nature of the material.
  • Learning will also occur through tutor-supported, as well as self-supported learning groups. In addition, guided reading will address key topics. This range of methods will ensure that students will acquire the advanced skills and knowledge to enable them to develop a thorough understanding of this specialist field of study.
  • The assessment of the module, by individual written assignment, is designed to test students' knowledge and understanding of the subject-matter and their ability to articulate a researchable issue.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshop 3 Daily 8 24
Tutor-supported Learning Groups via webinars and other e-learning tools. With follow-up support as necessary using videoconferencing software. 16
Self-supported Learning group (self-organised by students, monitored by Fudan Office) 10
Preparation & Reading (reading list provided consisting of current published articles relevant to module content, available within library) 100
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual written assignment that develops the initial formulation and articulation of a potential scheme of research 3,000 words max 100% same

Formative Assessment:

Group-based presentations and tutor feedback within workshops. Individual 1000-word assignment with individual feedback provided.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University