Business Strategy for the Collaborative Environment (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to enable you to consider strategic alternatives and evaluate your suitability for a variety of collaborative leadership contexts. You will be made aware of the complex issues involved in formulating, implementing and managing inter-organisational projects and leading transformational change. The module will provide an overview of the concept of strategy in a collaborative leadership context. The nature of strategic decisions and strategy formulation will be explored in relation to both public and private sector organisations. External environmental analytical tools will be evaluated and applied with reference to a selection of case study organisations. Internal factors such as strategic leadership and organisational culture will be considered.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Collaborative Behaviour (20 credits)
This module aims to make you more aware of collaborative opportunities and to assess your own relationships with individual, or team-based entrepreneurial activity and innovation. You will evaluate theories concerning the nature of entrepreneurial behaviour, and the contributions made by individual and collaborative entrepreneurs to local, national and global economies. You will also examine the concept of shared innovation, and review the actions and behaviours that are contributing to collaborative leadership across different sectors. You will also know and understand ‘diversity’ in terms of the range backgrounds and circumstances of collaborative entrepreneurs. The module will deal with techniques for ‘buy-in’ and managing team buy-in, and/or dealing with organisational conflict.
Managing Ethics and Business Risk (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate issues associated with managing ethics and business risk in an increasingly collaborative business environment. This involves demonstrating collaborative leadership in areas of corporate responsibility; to understand the complex relationships between business and society and to appreciate the systemic risks and challenges faced by organisations interacting in a global market place. Managing risk and ethics also include knowing about and understanding the use of big data, and being able to gain sufficient insights to implement and manage change effectively. Be able to use horizon scanning and conceptualisation to deliver high performance strategies focusing on growth/sustainable outcomes.
You will begin work on your work based project during your first year. You will develop your research template and research proposal alongside your other modules.
Financial Management (20 credits)
This module aims to enable you to understand the range of financial issues in an organisation, how financial and business case decisions are made and how a variety of techniques can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of business planning, financial allocation and control. It will also enable you to know and understand application of economic theory to decision-making. To also know and understand the role of procurement strategies and be able to be able to oversee procurement, supply chain management and contracts. It is also important for you to be able to challenge financial assumptions underpinning key strategies. This module will adopt a managerial-user perspective and will address key issues relating to the use of financial information to manage performance.
Collaborative Leadership & Personal Development (20 credits)
This module will help you to understand and evaluate intercultural and collaborate leadership styles and personal development from a variety of organisational and professional perspectives. To be able to create and develop inclusive cultures, and encourage diversity in the make-up of collaborative teams. To know and understand how to use diplomacy with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders. To be able to create and develop workable matrix structures for the benefit of one’s own organisation, and others in a collaborative partnership or inter-organisational network.
Change Management Theory and Practice (20 credits)
The aims of the module are to deepen your theoretical understanding of the management concepts and theories underlying the implementation of a shared service (collaborative) architecture, and to develop a critical awareness of the learning that can be achieved by analysing the implementation processes of other organisations.
Work-based Management Project (60 credits)
This module provides you with the opportunity to produce a major independent work-based management study/project in the area of collaborative leadership. This study may be in the form of: (1) a critical case study evaluation; (2) an on-going innovation-based project, or; (3) a contemporary research project that addresses current trends and/or emerging issues in your workplace, or industry sector. Upon completion of the Master’s degree programme, this work-based management project will be put forward as a showcase project, and will be defended as part of your End Point Assessment (EPA) plan.