University of Technology Sydney

32005 Strategic Leadership for Innovation

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UTS: Information Technology: Information, Systems and Modelling
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

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

Description

This subject locates organisational leadership practices within a global business context dominated by a revolution in information and communication technology (ICT). Furthermore, it outlines various potential strategic inflection points facing contemporary Australian organisations and suggests leadership practices through which these can be anticipated and addressed effectively. In particular, it advocates strategic leadership practices that adopt innovation as a competitive strategy in response to the challenges of this era.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Identify the key leadership challenges facing IT professionals within contemporary Australian businesses;
2. Explain the leadership role played by IT in contributing realizable value to organizations ;
3. Identify the influences of different organizational types and structures on IT leadership;
4. Demonstrate some of these aspects of leadership through practical, real world case studies and simulations.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Socially Responsible: FEIT graduates identify, engage, and influence stakeholders, and apply expert judgment establishing and managing constraints, conflicts and uncertainties within a hazards and risk framework to define system requirements and interactivity. (B.1)
  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design thinking and decision-making methodologies in new contexts or to novel problems, to explore, test, analyse and synthesise complex ideas, theories or concepts. (C.1)
  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply theoretical, conceptual, software and physical tools and advanced discipline knowledge to research, evaluate and predict future performance of systems characterised by complexity. (D.1)
  • Collaborative and Communicative: FEIT graduates work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, communicating effectively and operating autonomously within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts in the workplace. (E.1)
  • Reflective: FEIT graduates critically self-review their own and others' performance with a high level of responsibility to improve and practice competently for the benefit of professional practice and society. (F.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

Information sharing, group work, research, work-based case studies and delivering presentation to peers. Through the use of theory, practical experiences and relevant case studies students will obtain a clear and integrated view of how to become an effective business leader who understands, and can drive, the strategic value of IT in the contemporary Australian enterprise.

Content (topics)

Leadership Styles in the Contemporary IT organization.
Due to the demanding, volatile and complex nature of today’s IT environments, a range of leadership capabilities are needed to be able to effectively manage these environments at all levels. These capabilities are explored with respect to IT organizational structure, IT technological sophistication, project and IT governance frameworks, risk profile, as well as IT and business planning cycles.

The Role of IT Leadership in Enterprise Value Creation.
This topic will focus on the leadership position that the IT function plays in driving sustained enterprise-wide value and in the achievement of the organization’s goals and objectives. It will take into account factors such as IT/business alignment, the role of the CIO, business organizational structures, the prevailing commercial and economic environment, as well as the organization’s overall business plans and objectives for the future.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Case study part 1

Intent:

To systematically analyse and critique the opportunities to drive strategic business value and facilitate innovation using new technologies and to learn how different management perspectives may impact the realisation of these opportunities in practice.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1, D.1 and E.1

Type: Case study
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Length:

Minimum length is 2,500 words; maximum length is 3,000 words (excluding references).

Assessment task 2: Case study part 2

Intent:

To develop a broader perspective on how technology is reshaping and disrupting organisations and industries alike and to gain an understanding of the globally inter-related forces shaping industries and organisations through the use of new, disruptive and innovative, technologies.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1, E.1 and F.1

Type: Case study
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Length:

Minimum length is 2,500 words; maximum length is 3,000 words (excluding references).

Required texts

No texts have been prescribed for this subject.

Recommended texts

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