By the end of this course a successful student should be able to:
- Review and critically evaluate contemporary research and debates in the field leadership and human resource management in order to make informed decisions with regard to improving performance of individuals and groups within organisations.
- Apply relevant knowledge to critically assess the relationships between leaders and followers for the purpose of identifying the potential for combining theory and practice can contribute to the development of professional practice in a range of organisational situations.
- Critically discuss limitations of a range of theories, tools and techniques in leadership and human resource management
- Solve complex problems in the area of leadership and HRM generating feasible solutions that provide equitable consideration of those impacted
Reading and Resources
Armstrong, M, (2012) Armstrong’s Handbook of Management and Leadership, Developing Effective People Skills for Better Leadership and Management, 3rd Edition, Kogan
Northouse, P, G (2012) Leadership, Theory and Practice, 6th Edition, Sage
Yukl, G, (2012) Leadership in Organizations, Pearson
Boxall, P, Purcell J, and Wright, M (2008), The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management, Oxford University Press
Bass, M, Bass R, (2008) The Bass Handbook of Leadership; Theory and Practice, New York Free Press
Price, A, (2011) Human Resource Management, Sage
Torrington & Hall, (2010) Human Resource Management, Financial Times
Tourish, D (2013) The darkside of Transformational Leadership a critical perspective, Taylor and Francis
Chartered Institute of Personnel Development www.cipd.co.uk
Human Resource Management Review
International Journal of Leadership Studies
The Leadership Quarterly
Journal of Human Resource Management
Note: you are expected to conduct your own research to further your knowledge and understanding, the list above is not an exhaustive list but rather a starting point. Research papers are much more informative, and provide evidence rather than merely opinion. Texts should be a starting point, a good place from which to develop underpinning knowledge.
Module Delivery: a User’s Guide
- Workshops are 3 hours
- All required materials for workshops should normally be available on the module’s Study Direct site. You should attempt any exercises prior to the workshop and complete all readings found on the weekly sections. You may also prepare any questions in advance which can be answered via the studydirect forum or in class.
- None of the workshop activities are assessed. . Formal assessment is based only on the material covered as well as your own wider reading in relevant areas.
- Your grade for this module is derived from:
- One 2000 word report which is an individual piece of work – guidance on preparation and title is presented separately, you will have plenty of opportunity to ask for guidance. (100% of the final weight).
- If you wish to see me individually please attend an office hour (details are given on the Study Direct site) which is organised by sending an email to make an appointment.
|1||Introduction and overview of module|
| ||Review of module, assessment, expectations and introduction to areas of study in the context of contemporary businesses. This first session sets the scene providing both direction and goals for the module.|
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| ||Leadership in more recent studies is considered as a process rather than a ‘heroic’ character that is all powerful. In this session we will examine leadership as a processes; person, influence, followers and goals. These themes will be developed further in following sessions.|
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|3||Examining the Elements of the Leadership Process|
| ||Examining the evidence, Person, Influence, Groups/individuals and goals. It is key that this areas are understand individually and collectively in order to complete the assessment.|
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| ||We will further the investigation into leadership, considering contemporary views of leadership, considering the benefits and limitations of approaches in modern contexts over the next two weeks. We will begin with Transformational and Transactional Leadership in context whilst also considering the impact on followers and organisational outcomes.|
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|5||Contemporary Leadership Approaches contd.|
| ||We continue with the examination of leadership approaches and consider how these approaches link to specific organisational goals – considering whether there is a right or indeed, a wrong way to approach this process. There will be opportunities to develop critical perspectives as well as developing a deeper understanding of the complexities of the relationships that exist in organisational settings.|
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| ||You will be provided with some directed reading and encouraged to pursue areas of interest.|
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| ||It is impossible to be a leader without any followers; however, what is a ‘good’ follower? This is the question we explore in this session together with consideration of the influencing variables and the dynamic nature of followers|
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|8||Challenges in Contemporary Organisations |
| ||In this session we will consider the needs of organisations and the challenges for leaders examining labour issues, globalisation, advancements in technology, changes in business formats and how these impact on leadership approaches|
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|9||The Role of Human Resource Management in Organisations|
| ||We will examine the role of HRM in organisations and the extent to which various aspects of HR can make positive contribution to achieving organisational success.|
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|10||Leadership and HR in Context|
| ||In this session we will consider how Leadership and HR coexist and examine ways in which they complement one another supporting the individuals and teams within organisations|
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|11||Commitment, Engagement and Motivation|
| ||We explore how commitment, engagement and motivation contribute to positive outcomes for those concerned as well as improving organisational performance – we consider the roles of leadership and HR in maximising the possibilities of developing and maintaining high levels of commitment, engagement and motivation.|
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|12||Review and Assessment Clinic|
| ||A review of the main themes and finally considerations for submission of assessed work.|