Course Title: Emergent Leadership and Organisational Transformation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Emergent Leadership and Organisational Transformation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Viet2 2007,
Viet2 2008


RMIT University Vietnam


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Viet1 2007,
Viet2 2007,
Viet3 2007,
Viet1 2008,
Viet2 2008,
Viet3 2008,
Viet1 2009

Course Coordinator: Dr. Paul Gibson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5945

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is recommended that you have undertaken at least one course relevant to leadership and organizations.

Course Description

This course has two overlapping themes:

  • The relationship between effective business (or non-profit) leadership and organizational effectiveness.
    The challenges of personal and professional development that confront those who wish to increase their effectiveness as business (or non-profit) leaders.

    Theme 1) calls for an examination of research findings and for the sharing of professional experiences. In particular, we explore the characteristics of high-performing organizations, and the kind of leadership that contributes to their performance.

    Theme 2) requires a systematic approach to designing and articulating an integrated model of effective business (or non-profit) leadership, in conjunction with well-founded diagnostic insights that can be utilised in a professional/personal development plan.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

From studying emergent leadership, you can expect to gain a knowledge and understanding of the relationship between leadership style, traits and practices, and practical wisdom on the one hand, and organisational effectiveness on the other hand.  In addition, you can expect to gain crucial insigtrhs into your own behaviour as a leader, in conjunction with an understanding of the interaction between intrapersonal and organisational dynamics.

You should become more capable of leading others, and of leading yourself, and of reading business/organizational situations, and of authoring business/organizational situations.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be expected to read and reflect upon a range of contemporary materials in the fields of leadership and organizational effectiveness. You will also be expected to contribute to small group and plenary discussions, to share your experiences and learnings, to provide helpful contributions to the thinking of other participants.

Overview of Learning Resources

The required reading is listed under the heading References in Part B of the course guide.
Rather than a prescribed text, you will be provided with some of the key articles, and you will be expected to gain access to several key books. They are all listed under the heading, ’References’ in Part B of the course guide.

Overview of Assessment

There are four assessment tasks, including an examination, a presentation hurdle requirement, a group assignment on organisational performance, and an individual assignment on your development as a leader of organisational transformation