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Unit type Core
Unit level 4
Credit value 15
The aim of this unit is to help students understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader. Students will consider the characteristics, behaviours and traits which support effective management and leadership. In addition, this unit will introduce the concept of operations as both a function and a process which all organisations must adopt to conduct business.
Students will be introduced to contemporary and historical theories and concepts which will support their learning for this unit.
By the end of this unit a student will be able to:
1 Differentiate between the role of a leader and the function of a manager.
2 Apply the role of a leader and the function of a manager in given contexts.
3 Demonstrate an appreciation of the role leaders and managers play in the operations function of an organisation.
4 Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between leadership and management in a contemporary business environment.
Contemporary and seminal theories of management such as management by objectives, classical management theories, behavioural theory and contingency theory.
Leadership vs management:
The definitions and differences of both a leader and a manager.
Management functions such as planning, organising, controlling and directing. Theories of leadership traits, style and contingency.
Transformational and Transactional Leadership. Action Centred Leadership.
‘Hard’ management skills and ‘soft’ leadership skills.
How situations affect the role of a leader and function of a manager:
Situational leadership, systems leadership, task or relationship-orientated approaches.
The application of chaos theory and management by objectives.
Theories of operations and operations management:
Six sigma, lean production and queuing theory.
Different operations management approaches:
The use of different management approaches: Principles of Total Quality Management (TQM), Just-in-Time Inventory and the concept of continuous improvement (Kaizen)
Control and Distribution Systems.
Transformation of raw material into finished goods/services. Process design.
Logistics and inventory management. Scheduling.
Different dimensions of contemporary business environment:
The relationship that leadership and management have in the context of corporate social responsibility; culture, values, ethics and sustainability.
The relationship with stakeholders and meeting stakeholder expectations in the context of encouraging, developing and sustaining entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship
LO1 Differentiate between the role of a leader and the function of a manager
P1 Define and compare the different roles and characteristics of a leader and a manager.
M1 Analyse and differentiate between the role of a leader and function of a manager by effectively applying a range of theories and concepts.
LO1 and LO2
D1 Critically analyse and evaluate the different theories and approaches to leadership in given contexts.
LO2 Apply the role of a leader and the function of a manager in given contexts
P2 Examine examples of how the role of a leader and the function of a manager apply in different situational contexts.
M2 Examine strengths and weaknesses to appraise different approaches to situations within the work environment.
P3 Apply different theories and models of approach, including situational leadership, systems leadership and contingency.
LO3 Demonstrate an appreciation of the role leaders and managers play in the operations function of an organisation
LO3 and LO4
D2 Critically evaluate application of operations management and factors that impact on the wider business environment.
P4 Explain the key approaches to operations management and the role that leaders and managers play.
P5 Explain the importance and value of operations management in achieving business objectives.
M3 Evaluate how leaders and managers can improve efficiencies of operational management to successfully meet business objectives.
LO4 Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between leadership and management in a contemporary business environment
P6 Assess the factors within the business environment that impact upon operational management and decision-making by leaders and managers.
M4 Analyse how these different factors affect the business environment and wider community.
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