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2014 unit code: ORG60001 (formerly HBO480)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
One teaching period
Contact hours36 hours

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to provide a strong insight into and experience of leadership, followership and cross-functional and cross-cultural teams. It entails an understanding and experience of teamwork as the key to working with the complexity of contemporary business and enterprise in the 21st century, whether global or local.
After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate deep knowledge of the reciprocal interpersonal dynamics which involve self and others.
2. Demonstrate deep awareness of the responses triggered by the anxiety associated with complex and ‘wicked’ problems.
3. Apply problem solving to explain how groups function and how you and others influence that functioning in conscious and unconscious ways.
4. Reflect on and take responsibility for learning and self-management to improve your leadership capability.

Teaching methods

Occasional lectures supplement pre-reading and in-class dialogue.


Reflective Personal Diary (Individual) 40 - 60%
Project (Group) 30 - 40%
Commitment Briefing Note (Individual) 5 - 15%

Generic skills outcomes

The unit will help develop the following capabilities:
  • Leadership: Interdependence, Engaging with Ambiguity and Paradox; Effective action and influence;
  • Entrepreneurship: Opportunity Evaluation
  • Lifelong Learning: Action Learning, Team-based learning; feedback.


Students learn to understand a strategic perspective of organisations embedded in global dynamics. They are able to use business competencies in order to exercise socially responsible leadership and followership in teams. They are able to learn how to learn. Key areas of focus are:
  • Understanding the leadership choice
  • Performing in multi-functional/cultural teams
  • Group development and decision making; awareness of group and inter-group processes as they occur (both conscious and unconscious)
  • Reflective practice: observing, generalising and applying learning to organisational settings
  • Systemic thinking: an introduction to organisation dynamics
  • The process of opportunity evaluation
  • Relevance of Self and other awareness, psychological presence and teamwork for entrepreneurs

Text books

Students are advised to check the unit outline in the relevant teaching period for appropriate textbooks and further reading.”