MPM780 Foundations in Leadership

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Students are required to provide critical discussion and debate on the below topic statement in the form of an essay drawing on academic literature to support their arguments.

According to the Financial Times: “a quarter of global chief executives expect the deployment of generative artificial intelligence to lead to headcount reductions of at least 5 per cent this year,” according to a PwC survey of 4702 company bosses, spread across more than 100 countries.” (Fleming S. 2024, ‘Generative artificial intelligence will lead to job cuts this year, CEOs say’, Financial Times, 16/1/2024, available at: 0bc4-4de5-89cd-8d5349645dda. (Accessed:12/2/2024)

Critically discuss and position this quote in the context of the leadership literature.

The purpose of this task is to:

  • develop and exhibit your skills in essay writing
  • position your argument within the context of the leadership literature
  • develop your skills in critical thinking

Specific Requirements

Students are to write an essay that critically evaluates and addresses the essay statement. You will need to take a position on the statement and support that position with the leadership literature. This is an individual submission.

The essay needs to be:

  • 2500 words
  • written in essay format (links provided on CloudDeakin to good essay practice)
  • have a minimum 10 scholarly journal articles
  • reference all sources using APA-7 Referencing Style and include a reference list at the end of the essay

The seminar will provide you with details about how you might breakdown the question and indicative word counts for the assessment.

Learning Outcomes

This task allows you to demonstrate achievement towards the unit learning outcomes. The ULOs are aligned with specific graduate learning outcomes – that is, the skills and knowledge graduates are expected to have upon completion of their studies – and this assessment task is an important tool in determining achievement of those outcomes.

If you do not demonstrate achievement of the unit learning outcomes, you will not be successful in this unit.

It is good practice to familiarise yourself with the ULOs and GLOs as they provide guidance on the

knowledge, understanding and skills you’re expected to demonstrate upon completion of the unit. In this

way they can be used to guide your study.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO) Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLO)
ULO 1: Synthesise leadership theories and critique their application in authentic leadership contexts GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities GLO4: Critical thinking
ULO 2: Apply leadership theories to complex leadership problems GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities GLO4: Critical thinking


You are to submit your assignment in the Assessment 2 Dropbox in the MPM780 CloudDeakin unit site on or before the due date.

When uploading your assignment, name your document using the following syntax: <your surname_your first name_your Deakin student ID number_MPM780.doc (or ‘.docx’). For example,


Submitting a hard copy of this assignment is not required.

You must keep a backup copy of every assignment you submit, until the marked assignment has been returned to you. In the unlikely event that one of your assignments is misplaced, you will need to submit your backup copy.

Any work you submit may be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion and/or plagiarism.

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