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Leadership and Change in the Defence and Security Sector


To equip students with an understanding of the Leadership challenges of operating in a public/private multiple stakeholder environment. To be able to both initiate change and to implement change in the specific context of technological enhancement applied to the defence and security sectors.
Defence & Security Case Studies and Defence & Security related industry speakers will be used during the module, to give relevance to the theory. Furthermore, the Leadership element of the module draws heavily on Grint’s work from Cranfield at Shrivenham, illustrated using International Defence examples.


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Understand the different drivers of public sector and private sector organisations and be able to explore the integration of the two
  • Apply contemporary theories and models of organisational change to real world change programmes and projects
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and social awareness in relation to their leadership style
  • Analyse problem situations and flex their leadership style appropriately to drive and influence change
  • Critique and apply high involvement techniques, such as Appreciative Inquiry, to the mobilisation of people in defence and security change programmes and projects
  • Recognise, anticipate and manage individual responses including resistance and compliance in order to achieve Win/Win outcomes
  • Use Stakeholder analysis and management to effectively create communication plans to drive change
  • Create a blend of approaches to personal and organisational change that fosters a culture of innovation


  • Module Introduction

  • Exploring the Public and Private sector context of the defence and security sector internationally – comparing public and commercial value generation

  • Stakeholder analysis and management

  • Contemporary theories and Models of Change

  • Leadership models for leadership of self and others

  • Leadership in relation to problem typologies

  • Transition, transformation and continuous improvement

  • High Involvement approaches and Appreciative Inquiry

  • Emotions at work

  • Resistance and compliance – getting to Win/Win

  • Case Study application – in-Module Assessment


4,000 words (80% weighting) plus in-Module Assessment of presentations on Case Study application (20% weighting)


1 week