Deakin University program

Leadership Challenges

Welcome to MPL701. Ever wondered how leaders make decisions? Learn and apply theory to ‘real’ leadership situations.

This program is part of the Leadership degree offered by Deakin University

Explore what research is and why it’s so important to leadership. Find out how to make evidence-based decisions.

This unit explores the importance of evidence based decision making and research when facing leadership challenges. By applying theories to ‘real’ life scenarios learners will prepare a research case study and learn about the research process and why it is important to leadership and organisations. Learners will explore and apply research methods including quantitative and qualitative approaches, investigate and consider ethical implications while also producing a written research case study.


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Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus. With world-class teaching and research, Deakin produces sought-after graduates poised to make a real difference in the world.

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Who will you learn with?

Dr Andrew Creed is an award-winning educator at Deakin University and author with Cengage and Oxford UP. His research involves organizational learning and change, action research and relational ethics

Dr Cheryl Crosthwaite holds a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in Leadership She is the Facilitator for the unit Leadership Challenges.

Learning outcomes

  • Evaluate leadership research and apply to leadership challenges
  • Critically reflect on professional and academic information beyond own experience
  • Gather and analyse primary (workplace) and secondary (research) data to inform decision making
  • Apply evidence-based research to leadership challenges
  • Identify leadership challenges and communicate recommendations.

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