Imperial College London

ProfessorNelsonPhillips

Business School

Abu Dhabi Chamber Chair in Innovation and Strategy
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 1699n.phillips

 
 
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Assistant

 

Ms Donna Sutherland-Smith +44 (0)20 7594 1916

 
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Location

 

296Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Leadership - BS0135

Aims

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
                                                                                                                - Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Management consists of a set of universal skills that are well understood and can be learned. One of the most important of these skills is leadership. Leadership consists of how each one of us makes a unique difference to the challenges we face with people and projects. It is not about wasting our energy trying to be something we are not. Instead, it is finding new and better ways of ‘being ourselves’ through enhanced insight and skill. Therefore, our focus in this leadership module will be to help you become more aware of your personality traits through diagnosis (questionnaire assessment exercises), your strengths and weaknesses as a leader through insight (introspection and reflection on one’s traits, habits, and behaviours) and to build on this knowledge to improve your leadership practice through self-development (plans to learn and change to more effectively tackle future challenges).

Each day of the module will focus on a number of themes and will involve a blend of activities. We start the module studying personal aspects of leadership and as the module progresses we will be paying attention to more organization-based aspects, finishing off with sessions for personal action planning.

  

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Course Leader

Responsible Leadership and Corporate Success  - BS0226

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Course Leader

Strategy and Innovation in Digital Business  - BS0935

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Course Leader

Leading Change and Transformation - BS5009

Aims

Leading change has become unavoidable for managers in today’s fast-paced, intensely-competitive environment. In fact, it has become even more pressing in light of major economic, political and social changes globally. One way or another, these macro-level changes impinge upon organizations making it impossible for them to stand still. One of the most compelling question facing managers today is: How can we be change-ready? Despite an abundance of change management models coming out of scholarly and practitioner research, leading organizational change continues to be a puzzle for leaders and many find it just plain difficult! It is frustrating for those who initiate change and try to manage the process but equally overwhelming and anxiety-ridden for those on the receiving end. Even more challenging is the fact that managing change in organizations is often no longer about planned, large-scale change, but more often about emergent change. Rather than infrequent planned change, organisations need to be prepared to change continuously.

In this module, we develop our understanding of different aspects of leading change and transformation by addressing the following questions: What sorts of pressures for change do contemporary organizations face? Why is change unavoidable? What about the timing, scope and pace of change? How does the process evolve and is there any best way of effecting change? And, the most challenging question: How can leaders implement change successfully?

Leaders often find change frustrating due to the length of time it takes for change to happen, resistance they encounter, how to communicate information about change, and how to best manage unexpected reactions. Change is therefore as much about leadership as it is about understanding how organizations change. We draw upon different frameworks and models from existing empirical research in leading organizational change to understand what factors have been found to facilitate successful change and what are some of the pitfalls. We apply these frameworks and ideas to real organizational change scenarios through the use of case studies in class, a simulation exercise, DVDs and, most importantly, to your own experiences of organizational change.

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Designing Innovative Organisations - BS5007

Aims

Building organisations with winning business models is a never-ending task. In any organisation that actually does anything, get all the parts working together brilliantly, and it won’t be long before something happens that means you have to do it all over again. Unlike simply cleaning house, putting things right means doing something different each time because the world outside and the people inside keep changing.

The aim of this module is to prepare you for these challenges by equipping you to design and lead innovative, effective organisations. To translate knowledge about this topic into skill, the module will augment lecture with regular use of case discussions and experiential exercises.

 

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Course Leader