Uncovering Leadership Styles

To prepare for this essay, This is a mock interview of a business executive to find information regarding his or her leadership activities and the organization with which he or she is affiliated. The interview should focus on the following two questions: How would you describe your leadership style? How would you describe your role as it relates to the health of your organization? Submit an analysis of the individual’s leadership style and the impact of that style on his or her organization.
The analysis should include the following: An evaluation of the leadership style of the selected leader, according to an existing leadership style theory An assessment of the health of that leader’s organization, based upon information shared during the interview as well as any additional resources to support the assessment A comparison of the relationship between the chosen leader’s leadership style and the health of his or her organization, as conveyed in the interview, to what is depicted in any local media, websites, or news information about the organization A minimum of two specific citations per page of scholarly sources; you may also include media examples of leadership behavior and other relevant organizational information to support your analysis. Must be APA 6th edition
ICW (70%): An independent reflective essay evaluating corporate entrepreneurship within an existing organisation. Maximum 2,500 words, excluding appendices.
 
Suppose you choose to analyze corporate entrepreneurship of a large bank (e.g. Santander) in the face of the emergence of blockchain technology.
A good assignment would
(a) Describe the environmental trend / disruption and the threats / opportunities it represents to the competitive landscape within the industry or segment, whichever is more relevant. Would it lead to an emergence of a new dominant design / alternative business model? How would this trend / technology / disruption change Santander’s competitive position if it does not respond?
(b) Evaluate “entrepreneurial orientation” of Santander by applying the corporate entrepreneurship tool with the focus on the 4 blocks of entrepreneurial architecture. Please substantiate your statements with information sources (press releases, company filings, press articles, other)
(c)  Analyze how may the firm address the trend / disruption through corporate entrepreneurship given its internal architecture and existing business model(s)? Discuss potential pitfalls or, if information is available, actual issues and problems faced by XYZ in their corporate entrepreneurship activities which would be relevant to the environmental trend / technology / disruption you are analyzing. With respect to Santander, they happen to be the first UK bank to introduce bitcoin into their international payment activities for retail customers, through an app.
(d) What else they can do in terms of their corporate entrepreneurship activities in order to continue to take advantage of the emergence of blockchain? How should they organize such activities? For ideas, you may want to look what other banks are doing and whether it would make sense for Santander to adopt any of these approaches, considering their activities to date and their entrepreneurial architecture.
General recommendations:

  • Please base your analysis on the readings from the text, discussions in class and relevant peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Ensure that the use of the course concepts is explicit and appropriate.
  • Use subheadings (sections) to enhance clarity.
  • Attribute the evidence to the original sources but feel free to introduce your own ideas and interpretations

Format: The assignment will be maximum 2,500 words in length (+/- 10 pages), excluding the cover page and appendices, double-spaced, 12 point font.

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