ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Code ULMS858
Coordinator Dr SR Minten
Work, Organisation and Management
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15

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Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 10



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Private Study 125


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This module aims to:

Enable analysis of the development of implicit theories of leadership;

Critically review the range of leadership theories in relation to sport business;

Critically evaluate the notion of responsible leadership and its significance to sport organisations;

Critically analyse theories of teams in the context of sport business;

Develop students’ ability to critically reflect on their leadership development.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Critically appraise key leadership theories and their application in sport business contexts;

(LO2) Critique the notion of 'responsible leadership' in relation to sport organisations and students’ own values and beliefs;

(LO3) Critically discuss theories relating to the leadership of high performing teams in the context of sport business, and comment on potential for theoretical development;

(LO4) Critically appraise students' own leadership approaches and formulate theoretically supported action plans for future development.

(S1) Teamwork. Students undertake a group based assessment and will also explore theories relating to teams within the module.

(S2) Communication skills. Students will develop their communication skills through listening to and questioning guest speakers during formal presentations. They will also develop skills through the assessed presentation. Finally, they will develop a written communication skills through the reflective report.

(S3) Lifelong learning skills. Students’ analysis of their leadership development needs will ensure students have a foundation from which to continually build leadership skills and knowledge.

(S4) Ethical awareness. Students will analyse the significance of responsible leadership within sports organisations.

(S5) Leadership. The leadership self-analysis and guest lectures will enable students to identify their own development needs.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

2 hour lecture x 5 weeks
2 hour seminar x 5 weeks
1 hour asynchronous learning x 5 weeks
125 hours self-directed learning



Self-awareness, reflection and implicit theories of leadership: Uses timeline technique/auto ethnographic approach to enable students to reflect on how they have learnt to lead and the implicit theories they have developed. This creates a basis from which to explore academic theories of leadership;

Leadership definitions and theories will be explored in the context of sport including: trait theories, leadership behaviour, situational leadership, transformational/ transactional leadership, charismatic leadership and shared leadership;

Responsible leadership: will examine values, purpose, ethics, diversity and sustainability. Critical approaches to leadership, including examination of the ‘dark side of leadership’ and cases of unethical leadership behaviour within sport will be examined;

Teams: this will explore leadership of high performing teams and will include team roles, group development and group think. It will also examine the notion of ‘ stars’ within teams;

Leadership development: this will enable students to examine their future leadership development through examination of personality, leadership identity, self-efficacy and development planning.

Recommended Texts

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