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Contemporary Management Capabilities

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Subject Aim:

It is increasingly recognised that managers require a combination of both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills to be effective and achieve long term career success. Soft skills comprise a range of personal attributes, personality traits, attitudes, habits, and behaviours exhibited when working with others. These may include attributes such as work ethic, optimism, a service orientation, emotional intelligence, resilience, creativity, critical thinking and cognitive flexibility. Teamwork, leadership, and communication are underpinned by soft skills and thus to help organisations develop competitive advantage, managers should acquire a strong set of interpersonal and relationship-building skills. Effective, self-aware and pragmatic managers consider the needs of stakeholders and the organisation, balance the need for hard and soft management power and then choose an appropriate course of action.

The aim of this subject is to develop an advanced knowledge, skills, capabilities and behaviours required for a contemporary business manager. Students will be given a series of assessment tasks, including a critical incident report, peer coaching case study and personal reflection that enhances self-awareness and understanding of these management skills, capabilities and behaviours.

Learning Outcomes:

a) Critically analyse the theoretical concepts underpinning the relationship between hard and soft skills.

b) Analyse competencies relevant to managerial effectiveness in contemporary business contexts.

c) Effectively communicate evidence-based insights about the efficacy of personal competencies in a variety of management settings.

d) Apply an integrated knowledge of the duties of the manager as a mentor, coach and role model.

e) Critically reflect on management challenges and develop long- term career plans.

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