Leadership in Organisations

The details
Essex Business School
Kaplan Singapore
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 26 March 2021
12 February 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

The overarching objective of this module is to develop the students' understanding of leadership within organisations. Leadership remains an important topic in the field of management studies, especially with regard to its theoretical underpinnings on the one hand and its practical development on the other.

The module will expose students to a variety of approaches and theories necessary to understand leadership. Moreover, the module seeks to situate leadership within related fields such as strategic management or business ethics.

The module will first introduce students to traditional approaches to leadership in order to build a solid foundation for exploring current concepts. From there the module will progress to the discussion of current issues, followed by a critical exploration of contextual topics. By the end of the module, students will have developed a comprehensive appreciation of leadership in today's business environment.

Module aims

The main aims of the module are:

1. To provide students with an understanding of theories on leadership
2. To introduce students to the practice of leadership
3. To enable students to critically analyse leadership in organisations

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the key elements of the various theories and concepts on leadership in organisations
2. Critically evaluate practices of leadership
3. Analyse leadership in organisations independently

Module information

Skills for your professional life (Transferable Skills)

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

1. Evaluate leadership issues from a range of perspectives and be able to integrate these into a considered and practical approach to leadership, management, and organisation
2. Think critically about leadership by discussing current case studies and academic articles
3. Develop your commercial awareness based on studying examples of current leadership practice
4. Reflect on your attitudes to leadership, e.g. based on your personal leadership learning log
5. Work effectively and efficiently in small teams (in classes)
6. Solve problems creatively and collaboratively
7. Reflect on your own future managerial practice in relation to leadership

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered over one term and will consist of lectures and seminars.


  • Doris Schedlitzki; Gareth Edwards. (2018) Studying leadership: traditional and critical approaches, London: SAGE.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 0%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Elisabeth Kelan, email:
Prof Elisabeth Kelan, Pasi Ahonen



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Essex Business School

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