MGW2991 - Leadership in Asia - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Adlina Ahmad


Ms Adlina Ahmad

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


This unit covers an overall introduction to leadership with an emphasis on the Asian context. It covers relevant theoretical concepts as well as the practical, skill building approaches and learning drawn from actual experiences of organisational leaders. Specifically the unit begins by introducing definitions, meaning and relevance of leadership in organisations, followed by various theoretical approaches to leadership, the individual and internal (such as personality) and external (such as culture) elements of a leader, and concludes with the ways to develop effective communication and soft skills necessary in building leadership abilities. All of the topics will adopt an Asian perspective and consider the dynamic driving the environmental contexts within Asia.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. define leadership and illustrate how it applies to all levels of management and external stakeholders
  2. critically analyse and apply conceptual frameworks, theories and models of leadership that recognise the impact of culture and society in the Asian context
  3. examine individual differences of leaders and critically analyse the impact of their ethical practices, power and influence in organisations in Asia
  4. explain and apply communication skills associated with leading organisational change in the Asian context
  5. critically evaluate the leadership behaviours of contemporary Asian business practitioners.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Examination: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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