Critical Leadership Decisions

Key information

Teaching department:  UCL School of Management
Credit value: 
Restrictions:  This module is only available to UCL MBA students.
Alternative credit options: 
There are no alternative credit options available for this module.


What are the duties or responsibilities of a leader operating today for future generations? This module provides you with the tools to consider the social and ethical implications relevant to business decisions in a fast-changing environment. You will be challenged to examine the underlying assumptions that drive most business decisions and address controversial ethical quandaries, like the role of automation and the effects of emerging technologies.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • understand the basics of how our values form the basis for organisational action
  • examine fundamental values and assumptions to examine the basis of these values and assumptions
  • examine the risks associated with acting on assumptions and be able to respond to the challenges faced by high levels of uncertainty
  • demonstrate a critical nature in assessing the business risks of acting under uncertainty, and the potential ethical issues of balancing action today versus future repercussions
  • produce and present a practical analysis of foundational values and assumptions that guide managers’ and leaders’ critical decision processes, and the influence that they have on future individual/organisational outcomes.

Module deliveries for 2022/23 academic year

Teaching and assessment

Methods of assessment:

  • Class interaction (30%)
  • Classwork: group paper (30%)
  • Classwork: individual paper (40%)
Mark scheme:  Letter grades

Other information

Module leader:  James Berry

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