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IB95U - Leadership in the UK Public Sector

  • Module code: IB95U
  • Module name: Leadership in the UK Public Sector
  • Department: Warwick Business School
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

"1. To understand the current challenges underpinning public sector leadership; 2. To examine models of public sector leadership; 3. To develop an awareness of the links between leadership effectiveness and improvement and innovation within public services; 4. To enhance the facility for political awareness; 5. To develop skills in political awareness; 6. To examine the concept of Public Value; 7. To explore methods for creating public value; 8. To understand the structural implications and differentiation of working with hierarchies, markets and networks; 9. To critically evaluate the implications for leadership practice of moving from bureaucracies to networks. "

Principal learning outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding: Explain and evaluate current challenges in public sector leadershipDemonstrate an understanding of the different models of public sector leadership; Better understand the dynamics and possibilities underpinning public value; Demonstrate an understanding of the application of the strategic triangle; Develop an appreciation of the relationships between hierarchies, networks and markets. Cognitive Skills; Critically evaluate adaptive leadership and provide suitable behaviour as role models; Evaluate the value of political awareness in the context of improving effectiveness; Demonstrate cognitive skills relating to the value of applying conceptual models to the context of the government agenda for the public services. Key Skills; Demonstrate political skills and political acuity within a leadership context; Demonstrate the ability to apply the theoretical material to specific workplace contexts; Evaluate and develop practice for moving from bureaucracies to networks; Subject-Specific/Professional Skills; Use a number of approaches that enable a more effective operation;Apply the conceptual material to the issues of innovation and change in the FRS.

Timetabled teaching activities

"Total contact hours: 35 hours. Lectures per week: 4 x 6 hrs. Seminars per week: 4 x 1.5 hrs Tutorials per week: 4 x 1hr group tutorial 1 x 1hr individual tutorial. Module duration (weeks, if applicable) 4 days. "

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IB95U-15)
A (Assessed work only) 3000 word essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Award in Strategic Leadership (Fire and Rescue Service) (N1Y1) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Award in Strategic Leadership (Fire and Rescue Service) (N1Y1) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership (Fire and Rescue Service) (N1Z9) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership (Fire and Rescue Service) (N1Z9) - Year 2