Strategy and Systems Leadership
This module aims to explore the key elements a strategic leader needs to operate in the contemporary healthcare environment. It will help you understand your personal strengths and assist you in developing areas of your strategic leadership practice that will make you more effective. You will be asked to critically apply your theoretical learning into your workspace and understand how to be both patient/client focused and operate effectively as part of a system. Taking account of both the technical and social aspect of organisations you will then explore working across systems, boundary forming and boundary spanning and the complexities of leading people and organisations to be both environmentally-aware and socially sustainable. Giving you the tools and skills to analyse your strategic context within which your leadership practice impacts on and drive change.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Strategy and Systems Leadership|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 3: |
In this module you will be equipped with some advanced knowledge, understanding and skills to practice in a health and care leadership role. You will develop yourself personally, and professionally to improve your effectiveness as a strategic leader and understand your role in the development of other leaders and managers around. As you progress you will you refine your key executive and professional skills while reflecting on what it means to lead responsibly across your organisation. You will also learn how to integrate feedback while doing real work and develop critical reflection skills to enhance your personal transformation.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Critically evaluate systems thinking and its impact on health and care organisational strategy and development
- 2. Analyse changing patient expectations and healthcare trends to align strategy with external, political environmental, social and technological implications
- 3. Formulate Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives based on robust Governance structures that deliver value to stakeholders
- 4. Critique organisational brand and reputation management and identify risks and opportunities
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 5. Recognise and evaluate innovation and understand the impact of disruptive technologies and mechanisms that challenge traditional healthcare methods and practices
- 6. Analyse approaches to high performance working and the qualities needed to lead and develop a team to achieve results.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Critically evaluate leadership styles and their impact on organisational strategic decision and direction and determine why leadership styles need to be adapted
- 8. Work collaboratively enabling empowerment and delegation and act with humility and authenticity
- 9. Reflect on your personal strengths and weaknesses and integrate insights into your personal leadership development
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||14||Faculty-led masterclasses and seminars. Practical exercises, simulated case-studies and engagement with real-world scenarios to foster experiential learning with opportunities for peer and facilitator feedback.|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||6||On-line group discussions and action learning|
|Guided independent study||130||Web-based learning using ELE resources, resource gathering, and in-depth reading during the period of module delivery. Preparation and writing of academic digests and workplace reflection|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Reflective logs||Various and ongoing||1-9||Oral|
|Case-based discussions||Various and ongoing||1-9||Oral|
|Small group discussions||Various and ongoing||1-9||Oral|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Academic digest on Systems Leadership||50||1500 words||1-9||Written|
|Reflective review of strategy in the context of the students workplace||50||1500 words||1-9||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Academic Digest on Systems Leadership (50%)||Academic Digest on Systems Leadership (1500 words)||1-9||Within 6 weeks|
|Reflective review of strategy in the context of the students workplace (50%) 1500 words||Reflective review of strategy in the context of the students workplace. (1500 words)||1-9||Within 6 weeks|
Please also refer to the TQA section on Referral/Deferral: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/academic-policy-standards/tqa-manual/aph/consequenceoffailure/
Whilst the precise content of the module may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:
- Foundations of strategy and leadership
- Strategic thinking, acting and reflection and strategy formulation
- What is systems thinking and why does it matter in healthcare?
- The importance of recognising the complexity of healthcare
- Thinking about organisational culture and organisational design
- Shaping organisational vision, culture and values: the importance of valuing diversity
- Exploring collaboration and high performance in organisations
- Thinking about strategic leadership development
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Camillus J., (2008) Strategy as a wicked problem.
Centre for Creative Leadership (2009). Developing a Leadership Strategy-a critical ingredient for organisational success.
Dodd D, Favaro K, (2006) Managing the right tension. HBR
Edmonstone, J., (2019) Systems Leadership in Health & Social Care
Heracleous, Loizos, (2020) Janus Strategy
Macdonald I, et al., (2018) Systems Leadership: creating positive organisations.
Mintzberg H, et al., (2009) Strategy Safari: your complete guide through the wilds of strategic management.
Montgomery, C. (2008) Putting leadership back into strategy. HBR
Powell E, (2007) Writing to reflect: Mindful leadership in the face of change
Zaleznik etal. (2004) Managers and Leaders: Are they different? HBR Vol 82, 1, 74-81
Strategic healthcare leadership
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