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Strategy and Leadership: Practice and Performance Perspectives
Strategic thinking, and ability to do effective strategy formulation and execution, are crucial for businesses across industries. The need for and benefit of these skills is no longer limited to elite staff groups or top executives. Increasingly, companies expect, not only their top management but also their product managers, senior business analysts and mid-level executives in diverse functions to practice strategic leadership i.e. acquire the ability to understand strategic contexts and think and act strategically.
This workshop-course will focus on the craft, the opportunities and the challenges of developing strategies applicable to these roles. A set of key techniques and frameworks to inform leadership practice will be delivered and on a sharply articulated succinct platform of what comprises strategy. Participants will engage in group breakout exercises, become familiar with some core concepts and frameworks. Case contexts deployed will be both contemporary, and some classics, to help impart understanding and ability in tandem.
- Critically understand and integrate the different lens through which strategy is understood as a concept and as practice.
- Understand and acquire an ability to apply key techniques and a framework for strategy and leadership practice analyses.
- Gain a critical appreciation of the dynamic and evolving contexts for leadership practice.
8 hours; Mode: in class lecture based interactive sessions with team breakout exercises.
Learners will be given an opportunity to perform a few exercises during the training and at the end, they will appear in 30-45 minutes Multiple Choice Question Test.
Westminster College Cambridge CB3 0AA
This course is delivered in Westminster College Cambridge by Cambridge Management and Leadership School. Westminster College Cambridge was built in 1899 to the design of architect Henry Hare, who had been commissioned by the Presbyterian Church of England to build a college in Cambridge. Students will get valuable life experience at Cambridge - Westminster College during their attendance.
August 2018, date to be confirmed at the beginning of August
ABOUT OUR TUTOR
The course will be led by our tutor who has over 20 years of practice experience. He is a leading academic in the area of strategic management having published in ‘A’ journals and has won the Academy of Management (USA) award. He has worked with organisations like the World Bank and has engaged in research projects with fortune 100 firms like GlaxoSmithKline, Bovis-Lend-Lease, Lloyds Bank, among others. His policy work on employee ownership with strong implications for small and medium enterprises has been flagged at the highest levels in the UK government, including being launched at white hall events.
930 – 1745: Course Session
- 0930 -1030 Strategy: different lenses and contextual integration for analyses
- 1030-1100 Group break out exercise 1
- 1100-1300 Key analytical frameworks
- 1300-1400 Lunch
- 1400-1530 The perspectives on Strategic Leadership as practice: Power and Images in practice
- 1530- 1610 Group break out exercise 2
- 1615-1730 A consolidation of frameworks and techniques for analyses
1745-1830 MCQ based assessment
Pre-course reading materials will be provided by email on registration
WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?
Participants from the industry looking to get a critical perspective on strategy and leadership as a practice across management levels will benefit from the course. The course would appeal to all levels of management, and also to students in business management taught programs, looking to get a head start on understanding the blend between concepts and practice.
Learners who will attend this programme will be able to develop their strategic management and leadership skills and also be able to obtain a credit certificate - Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.
The course and certification thereof on successful completion will provide participants with support for career progression in management jobs and for breaking into new jobs with the leadership emphasis. It will help practice as key takeaways from the course will aid sensemaking and decision making in strategy and leadership contexts. Gaining a vocabulary on strategy and leadership that is sharp and clear will also enhance visibility and influence in the work environment.