MGT552 Leadership and Social Impact (8)

This subject focuses on the role of leadership and leaders towards achieving social impact. Examining the tension between an organisation's purpose and its profit drivers, students will explore questions like: How does our organisation impact society and how could it impact society? Is our growth sustainable and responsive in a changing world? What are strategies for creating positive societal impact? This subject will investigate current challenges in achieving social benefit, and explore the emerging ideas around collective, eco-system leadership.
The subject explores a range of contemporary theories and models of social change leadership. Students will critically evaluate these models and develop their own theoretical framework with practice-based approaches to respond to a social change in their organisation and/or community.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT552. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Post graduate students only.

Assumed Knowledge

MGM501, MGT559 & MGT599

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify, critically analyse and discuss leadership that impacts both organisational performance as well as broader social outcomes;
  • be able to effectively articulate and discuss complex challenges in achieving social impact;
  • be able to interpret reframing leadership in the context of social impact;
  • be able to research, critically evaluate and apply established theories to your own developing theoretical framework for the practice of leadership in the face of adaptive challenges; and
  • be able to apply learning about leadership for social impact by undertaking an action research project focused on social benefit.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Our global environment: leadership, the natural environment and the social economy
  • Leading for social change
  • Reframing leadership through action learning

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MGT552 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Leadership and social impact case study proposal
Action learning group part a and b
Leadership and social impact case study

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.