The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Leading and managing people in a globally integrated and interdependent world is complex. Increasingly, people may live and work across many sites, regions, or countries in their lifetimes. They may work as employees, contractors, consultants; in a single organisation, across a complex supply chain or multi-national organisation; and in many different vocational or professional capacities. Managing this great variety presents challenges. In this course, students will identify, evaluate and analyse the key leadership and management activities that are central in successfully leading and managing people in modern business environments. Special attention will be paid to the role leadership can play in developing the right skills, generating motivation, and creating the appropriate workplace environment and supportive structures for managing people.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Trimester 2 - 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate different leadership theories and their application to workplace settings

2. Using evidence, evaluate the leadership approach of another person against one or more leadership theories

3. Reflect on your own leadership approach using one or more leadership theories

4. Analyse challenges and problems in design and implementation of high performance work systems for leading and managing people

5. Analyse how leaders can build employee commitment and involvement through appropriate structures and policies


The content in this course includes the following:

  • Theory and applications of leadership in a multicultural workplace
  • Leadership capabilities in a globalized world
  • Role of leadership in change
  • Ambidextrous leadership for growth and innovation
  • Creating high performance work systems
  • Leading at the top- top management teams
  • Developing and motivating people
  • Creating an environment for empowerment, commitment and involvement
  • Retaining and managing star performers
  • Language and communication strategies in leading and managing people
  • Developing personal and professional competencies for managing and leading people


To enrol in this course you must be active in the Master of Business Administration (Global) programs [40160] or [40218].

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Leader Biography and Reflection

Written Assignment: Case Study Analysis A

Written Assignment: Case Analysis Analysis B

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

This course consists of 36 hours lecturer-guided instruction per teaching period, offered in three hour workshops per week.