Leadership and Global Challenges

Module description


This module will provide students with an opportunity to consider the nature and role of leadership in what we do and explore key challenges facing leaders in contemporary organisations. There will be a focus on the practical aspects of ‘doing leadership’ as a response to and in tackling such challenges. The international focus will be supported by drawing on the diverse experiences of the student cohort, faculty and visiting speakers, and current leadership challenges from around the world.

Additional Information:

In this module, students will gain an international perspective on leadership by considering practices in different parts of the world as well as e-leadership and virtual teams.

Most of the resources are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).

This module helps students develop their critical thinking, their skills in research and arguing a case, articulating their position, and broadens their understanding of leadership. They also develop their skills in leading and influencing.

Full module specification

Module title:Leadership and Global Challenges
Module code:CLSM158
Module level:M
Academic year:2016/7
Module lecturers:
  • Annie Pye - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

The aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the concept of leadership and explore implications of this in terms of leaders, followers and the doing of leadership. This will be considered in terms of the social process and relationships between leaders and followers which lie at the heart of leadership, and also through the lens of ‘global challenges’. While there is no single-best way to lead or do leadership, this module aims to ‘sensitize’ students to some of the critical issues associated with contemporary leadership in organizations.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. critically engage with debates on a range of cutting-edge issues affecting global leadership practice
  • 2. draw on the academic literature to support their thinking on these issues
  • 3. compare and contrast the rhetoric and reality of leadership practice
  • 4. critically reflect on the implications of these issues for how leadership is 'done' in their own culture and in others

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. relate these debates to other issues affecting international management
  • 6. reflect on their own cultural heritage as a way of understanding leadership and management
  • 7. develop a broadened understanding as to how leadership is implicated in the world around them

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills
  • 9. develop communication and debating skills in written work
  • 10. apply a range of theoretical perspectives to areas of topical debate
  • 11. critically reflect on their own leadership experience and practice

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact Hours20Lectures

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Feedback on group discussions and exercisedN/A1-11Oral, in class

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group assignment (6 to 8 students per group)302,500 words3-5, 7-11Written comments and grade for group
Written Examination702 hours1-11Individual written comments and grade

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examinationRe-sit examination1-11August Examination Period

Syllabus plan

• Introduction: What is leadership?
• Eastern and Western Perspectives on Leadership
• Leadership and Globalization
• Leadership and Change
• Leadership and Sustainability
• Leadership and Partnership
• Leadership and Identity
• Leadership in a Virtual World
• Leadership in a Service Economy
• Leadership from the Bottom Up.
• Review/Revision

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

• Ancona, D, Malone, T, Orlikowski, W and Senge P (2007) In Praise of the Incomplete Leader, Harvard Business Review, Feb: 92-101.
• Badaracco, J. L. (2001) 'We don't need another hero', Harvard Business Review, September, pp.
• Bolden, R. (2004) What is Leadership? Exeter: Leadership South West, University of Exeter.
• Gosling, J. & Mintzberg, H. (2003) The five minds of a manager, Harvard Business Review, 81(11), 54-63.
• Gronn, P. (2009) 'Leadership configurations', Leadership, 5(3), pp. 381-394.
• Jackson, B. & Parry, K. (2008) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about
Studying Leadership, London: Sage Publications.
• Northouse, P. G. (2007) Leadership: Theory and Practice (4th edition), Sage, London.
• Pye A (2005) Leadership and organizing: sensemaking in action. Leadership 1(1): 31-50.
• Uhl-Bien, M. (2006) 'Relational leadership theory: exploring the social processes of leadership and
organizing', The Leadership Quarterly, 17, pp. 654-676.

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Course readings and notes to be posted on ELE

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Last revision date