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MANG6348 Leading Sustainability, Innovation and Change

Module Overview

This module acts as a key vehicle for the completion of the taught part of the MBA programme and comprises of teaching based in Southampton and an international study trip which includes a ‘live’ group consulting project for a local organisation. It comprises of four key themes and skillsets, which are applied to the group consulting project: • Sustainability • Innovation • Leadership and Change • Consultancy Skills. The module includes lectures on these four subjects. But you are also expected to draw upon your previous learning in Stages 1 and 2, in order to maximise your contribution to the group consulting project and to maximise the integrative nature of your learning in this final taught module. The module requires groups of students to address a given problem for a real (‘live’) client organisation and work through a process of problem solving applying knowledge and skills in sustainability, innovation, and leadership and change, and utilising consultancy skills to advise the client. The group projects are carried out for external organisations, including commercial companies, public sector organisations or charities. Projects are carried out in the same way as a conventional consultancy project and are assessed to the same standards, but are supervised by the Module Leader or appointed member of faculty. The projects form part of the international study trip and students will work with the client organisations during the week abroad, as well as having some initial contact via Skype before the study trip takes place. The group produces a presentation that will be delivered to the client, normally to the senior team on the last day of the study trip. Following or during the presentation clients may question the students on any element of their work and findings. A few weeks after the study trip, the group then submits a final project report assignment based on this project. Students also have to complete an individual reflective assignment, which focuses on the learning from this module and their personal development at the end of Stage 2 of the MBA.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module is the main contributor to the ability of students to integrate their learning across the functional specialisms studies throughout the MBA, by learning how to lead innovation and change in organisations. The group project addresses a real client problem and puts the students under pressure to perform to a high standard as the outcome actually matters to someone other than themselves. Individually, this module enables students to reflect on their learning and the relevance of this to their own careers and occupations.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Sustainable approaches to business growth and development;
  • Innovation management and its role in organisations;
  • Consultancy skills for advising business organisations;
  • Leadership and change management in organisations.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain and apply a sustainable approach to business growth and development;
  • Identify different innovation scenarios and practices and how they may be improved to elicit further innovation and creativity in a business context;
  • Identify the relevance of major models of leadership and change and relate them to the successful leadership and management of change in an organisational context;
  • Draw on a range of previous concepts and tools in a cross-functional way to solve complex issues and practical problems;
  • Investigate and research current symptoms or challenges that arise in business contexts and help solve them to further improve business performance;
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write effectively for business purposes;
  • Manage individual tasks, personal resources and time effectively;
  • Work effectively as part of a task-orientated and diverse group;
  • Learn through reflection on practice and experience;
  • Demonstrate consultative management skills with client organisations.

Syllabus

Sustainability • Climate change and its impact on business • Social and economic change and its impact on business • Sustainable approaches to business growth and development (i.e. triple bottom line) • Sustainable resource management in emerging markets. Innovation • The strategic imperative of innovation • New paradigms for innovation: open, continuous, distributed • Business context: national and international innovation systems • Challenges of emerging markets • Hitting moving targets: how novelty arises. Consultancy Skills • What is consultancy? • Marketing & selling / developing a proposal • Research methods & design (including data collection & analysis, validity & reliability) • Client & Project Management • Conflict resolution with clients Leadership and Change • Major leadership and change approaches • Developing and communicating organisational vision, purpose, values and direction • Engaging followers in the organisation • Initiating change and change context • Being an effective change agent / leader • Conflict resolution in organisations • Values, trust and reputation (emotional intelligence) • Driving a culture of resilience and workforce sustainability. The module is supported by activity from the MBA Leadership Development Programme (LDP), which contains the following activities: Team role assessment and teamwork activities (outbound learning course) Organisational culture (simulation activity) Personality assessment (workshop) Performance appraisal (participatory theatre) Negotiation skills (group exercise) Cross-cultural awareness (workshop) Mindfulness and well-being (workshop) Students may reflect on these LDP activities to inform the individual reflection assignment in this module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures • Class discussions • Guided background readings • Exploration of case studies • Supervision of consulting group work for client. Learning activities include • Group discussions / integrating elements from other modules of the programme in the context of consultancy • Consulting activities with the client • Group presentation • Private study • Independent and reflective learning.

TypeHours
Independent Study140
Teaching60
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Cope, M. (2003). The Seven Cs of Consulting: The Definitive Guide to the Consulting Process. 

Assessment

Formative

In-class formative opportunities

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Group report and presentation  ( words) 60%
Reflective report  (2000 words) 40%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective report  (4000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective report  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Textbooks

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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