OCEN4003 Strategic Leadership for the Blue Economy

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides an introduction to strategic leadership and innovation in the context of the oceans. In particular it explores the concepts of leadership and strategy. Students explore how strategy is used within organisations and the strategic planning process. The concept of entrepreneurship is critical in identifying solutions to ocean challenges, and it is explored in terms of what it means and what is it useful for. Understanding the behaviour of individuals and groups within an organisation and their interaction is also an important element of strategic leadership. This is analysed as well as—how managers lead strategic planning and manage strategic vision and change; how innovation can be encouraged and developed and the policy issues associated with this; the differences and similarities between strategic leadership in the private and public spheres; and the interplay of organisations in the ocean context.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a basic knowledge of strategic leadership, planning, management and innovation; (2) display a sophisticated understanding of strategic leadership in the public and private spheres, and how the intersection between these spheres is especially important in the ocean context; (3) identify and critically assess how an organisation can move forward with strategic leadership, including working with relevant stakeholders to plan innovative strategies for organisational development; (4) demonstrate an awareness of self and others in leadership; and (5) demonstrate an appreciation of environmental forces within and outside of an organisation that play a part in its strategic development.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessments; (2) assignment; and (3) project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tim Mazzarol
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