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MBA8010 Leading Through a Crisis

8W Teaching Period 4, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Melissa Johnson Morgan


Pre-requisite: MBA8001 and MBA8002 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MBAL or GDBA or GCBA


The leaders of tomorrow will need to predict, prepare and position their organisations and businesses for ongoing rapid change and response to a range of crises to future-proof their business.  Crises can come in many different forms ranging from small internal skirmishes to global pandemics. In call cases time is at a premium and leaders need to deliver steadfast and authentic performances in the face of uncertainty, media scrutiny and nervous investors. The cost of failure and the potential damage to reputation is high. Clear and regular communication, access to high quality information from credible sources and the ability to make rapid decisions are all essential to success when leading through a crisis.

In this course, you will investigate the different levels and types of crises that leaders may need to face in their organisations and how each requires a different style of leadership in response. Early warning systems and crisis detection and prevention will be explored and the policy and cultural implication s of these considered. The importance of timely and reliable information will be highlighted as will be the role of authentic and strategic communication in successfully dealing with the crisis within a business context. Finally, you will critique and develop strategic responses to crises that integrate your learnings from the program to this point.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Identify and critique contemporary and emerging knowledge to inform strategic responses to various forms of crisis
  2. Collect, curate, critically analyse and use judgement to interpret relevant and reliable data and information from a range of sources to inform the urgency and approach of strategic responses to a crisis
  3. Review and evaluate leadership approaches and communication strategies in response to a range of different types and levels of crisis.
  4. Formulate strategic, innovative and creative responses to crises that align with the capability and purpose of the organisation and your leadership identity


Description Weighting(%)
1. Types of crisis, detection and warning systems 10.00
2. Crisis response strategies and processes 20.00
3. Communicating and reputation management in times of crisis 15.00
4. Leadership approaches in times of crisis 20.00
5. Data and information needed to inform crisis response 20.00
6. Creating strategies for leading through a crisis 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Workbook activities weeks 1-3 30
Workbook activities weeks 4-6 30
Report 40
Date printed 30 June 2022