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21941 Leadership, Teams and Scalability

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UTS: Business
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject focuses on the effective leadership and management of people and organisational growth in early-stage enterprises. The subject draws on theories of entrepreneurial management, leadership and innovation culture to provide students with the knowledge and skills to manage individuals and teams, and grow an organisation. The subject examines core issues such as setting expectations, understanding individual behaviour and motivation, job and culture design, managing performance, mentoring and developing staff, and providing effective rewards and incentives for good performance. The subject helps founders and managers become effective in leading and managing early-stage enterprises, growing teams and scaling organisations.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Apply key theories and models of individual, team and intra-team behaviours for managing people
2. Apply different methods and mindsets for stimulating creativity, innovation and scalability in teams and organisations
3. Evaluate the challenges of managing in enterprise environments of scarce resources
4. Demonstrate leadership behaviour useful to source support and inspire resilience in others
5. Demonstrate personal resilience in managing challenging situations

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate interpersonal awareness and personal reflexivity (3.2)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject is designed to provide students with effective people management skills and the knowledge required to grow entrepreneurial organisations in rapidly changing business environments.

This subject contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills

This subject develops the following Program Learning Objectives for the Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship:

  • Appraise leadership attributes and practices in embedding innovation and entrepreneurship in specific environments (5.2)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal awareness and personal reflexivity (3.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject is offered in intensive block mode over four full days using a mix of a case study and best practice approach involving flipped learning and interactions with entrepreneurs. Delivery of teaching and learning materials, lectures, webinars and discussions are supported by online learning and communication tools and the UTS learning management system. The face to face classes engage students in group work, discussions and exercises to reflect upon and revise the content.

Content (topics)

  • Leading self and others
  • Workplace behaviours and motivation
  • Job design and team structures
  • Entrepreneurial management
  • Performance management
  • Managing conflict
  • Innovation culture
  • Lean and agile method
  • Team building and empowerment


Assessment task 1: Report (Group)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

2, 4 and 5

This addresses program learning objectives(s):


Weight: 30%

Assessment task 2: Essays (Individual)


Short Essay 10%

Long Essay 40%


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Weight: 50%

Assessment task 3: Online Quizzes (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

Weight: 20%

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Required texts

Ash Maurya (2016). Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth, New York: Portfolio Penguin.

Please purchase the required text prior to the first class.

Recommended texts

It is recommended that students engage with a broad range of material, including relevant chapters in recomended books, videos, slides, practitioner literature, news articles, academic journal articles as well as online material. Each lesson will have a list of readings and background material provided in advance on UTS Online. It is expected that students engage with this material before attending class.


  • Morris, L., Ma, M., & Wu, P. C. (2015). Agile Innovation: The Revolutionary Approach to Accelerate Success, Inspire Engagement, and Ignite Creativity. International Management Review, 11(1), 64.
  • Tim, B. (2009). Change by Design. How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation.
  • Blumberg, M. (2013). Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business,+ Website. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Pixton, P., Gibson, P., & Nickolaisen, N. (2014). The Agile Culture: Leading Through Trust and Ownership. Pearson Education.
  • Butler, D. and Tischler, L. 2015. Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too): Simon & Schuster.

Other resources

Students are required to use online collaboration software including UTS Online: UTS Online is not intended to replace 'live' lectures and tutorials but to provide a supplement to students learning in the subject. The subject guide, lecture notes, tutorial notes and additional information regarding the course are made available on the UTS Online website. Announcements are often used to notify students about issues regarding the course throughout semester. Please check the Announcements regularly and before you make enquiries.

There is a Student Manual available under Student Tools. If you have problems accessing UTS Online (e.g. taking a really long time to load pages, errors about username or password, etc.), please contact directly: ITD HELP DESK (02) 9514 2222.