Singapore University of Social Sciences

Leadership and Change Management

Leadership and Change Management (HCM541)

Applications Open: 01 October 2020

Applications Close: 30 November 2020

Next Available Intake: January 2021

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Management

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


HCM541 Leadership and Change Management equips students to become effective leaders and change agents within their organisation, building on the foundations of strategy and business partnering that were laid in HCM539. The course commences with a section on the inevitability of change in today’s globalised business environment, impressing on students the importance of responding to (and potentially capitalising on) that change. The course then introduces the systemic leadership approach before covering different leadership theories and sources of power and legitimacy that leaders often employ.The second half of the course integrates relevant topics from organisational behaviour and social psychology while warning students of common pitfalls and disadvantages associated with certain leadership styles and traits. In the final two study units students will be challenged to consider ethical issues in leadership while also highlighting the necessity of good leadership in the implementation of human capital and business strategy.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • New realities as the force of change
  • Critical systems thinking
  • Philosophies, theories, and styles of leadership
  • The systemic leadership approach
  • Authority, obedience, and power
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Group dynamics, and change
  • Overcoming barriers to change
  • The shadow side of leadership
  • Leadership and ethics
  • Systemic leadership and strategy
  • The leader in you

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise different leadership styles and approaches.
  • Analyse the need for change and potential organisational barriers.
  • Discuss the properties of effective change-related communication.
  • Defend and champion organisational values and culture through effective leadership.
  • Formulate change strategies and implementation plans to achieve organisational objectives.
  • Develop a leadership approach that upholds ethical principles and balances multiple stakeholder concerns.
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