Leadership and Team Dynamics

Subject MGMT90013 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance


Entry into the Master of Human Resource Management or the Master of Management.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Graduate School of Business and Economics
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Subject Overview:

One of the main challenges for today's managers is effectively communicating vision and inspiring employees to achieve that vision within team-based work structures. This subject deals with this challenge by examining the interaction of leadership and team processes. A focus will be on critically evaluating the role of leaders in organisations with high involvement work practices (for example, employee involvement and empowerment) and the role of human resource practices in identifying and developing organisational leaders. Topics considered will include: contemporary theories of leadership; the role of managers as organisational leaders; human resources and leadership challenges of the team-based organisational structure; managing team dynamics; the effectiveness of shared leadership; human resource strategies for developing organisational leaders; and the impact of high involvement work practices on leading and managing teams.


On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Examine and evaluate the integrated nature of HRM strategy, policy and practice across the individual, group/team and organisational levels;
  • Explore the interaction of human systems and processes across these three levels;
  • Analyse the role played by stakeholders in the development of organisational policy and practice;
  • Develop a critical appreciation of the nature of organisational leadership and the role of leaders.
  • One 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%)
  • Assignment(s) not exceeding 3000 words (50%)
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • The ability to examine their own ideas and beliefs about team dynamics and leadership and compare them with the theories and observations of others;
  • An appreciation of the integrated nature of HRM and group processes associated with team dynamics and leadership;
  • An understanding of a range of ideas concerning the role played by HRM in the emergence of effective leaders.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Global People Management
Master of Applied Commerce (Human Resource Management)
Master of Applied Commerce (Management)
Master of Applied Commerce (Organisational Change)
Master of Commerce (Management)
Master of Commerce (Marketing)
Master of Human Resource Management
Master of Management
Master of Management
Master of Management (Human Resources)
Master of Management (Human Resources)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 150 point program - full time over 18 months
200 point program - full time over 18 months
200 point program - full time over 24 months

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