Master in Leadership in Development (MLD) -Flexible Learning (Madang Campus)



Credit Points required completing in the award

Students are required to gain 80 credit points (80cp) to be eligible to graduate.

Duration of Study/Structure

Students are required to attend an intensive residential component in Madang during each semester. Directed and practical assignments relating to workplace applications are completed in the student’s own time. The program is conducted through a flexible-learning mode using wellestablished principles of adult learning applied to our Papua New Guinea context, and employs collaborative classroom teaching and learning approach.

Admission Requirements

Potential candidates with a bachelor degree in Business, Arts, Education, Social Sciences, or a related field with at least three years’ work experience can enroll in the program.

Program Units

LD601  Global and Regional Leadership
LD602  Strategic Planning for Development
LD603  Leading Managing Change in Developing Countries
LD604  Professional Ethics in Organizations
LD605  Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
LD606  Cross Cultural and Gender Leadership
LD607  Research Methods
LD608  Independent Research Project  

Unit Descriptions


LD601 Global and Regional Leadership - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores the relationship between global and regional interpretations of development and implications for leadership. It provides students with an understanding of the global economy and how this shapes leadership and development in regional contexts. It discusses conceptual frameworks describing the relationship between global politics and global economics. It will also provide students with a basic foundation of modern development theory and practice, as well as the knowledge of key players in the development arena. The impact of the global economy on regional leadership and development will be examined through a case study of the relationship between public, private, and nongovernmental sectors in PNG.


LD602 Strategic Planning for Development - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores strategic thinking and planning as key leadership skills. Organizational leaders want to have maximum impact using the limited talents, resources and opportunities they have. The challenge for leaders is to influence core organizational competencies to gain strategic advantage in an uncertain and ever-changing environment. The role of strategic talent development in a “think locally/act globally” model will also be discussed. Topics will include organizational structure and function, strategic planning and management, organizational life cycles, vision and adaptability. The unit will culminate in the creation of an actual strategic plan.


LD603 Leading and Managing Change in Developing Countries - 10 Credit Points 

This unit explores leadership as shaped primarily by cultural, social, political and economic contexts in developing countries. As such, leading and managing change in developing countries, like PNG, requires an understanding of the multiple tensions, e.g. the individual versus the community or the common good, local-level government versus provincial-level government, provincial-level government versus national government, public sector versus private sector, government versus churches, professional development versus sustainable development, multinational corporations versus resource-owners. What kinds of leadership are necessary for good governance and enhancement of people’s livelihoods? Students will also be exposed to skills in leading in challenging environments, leading diverse employees, coaching/mentoring and managing change.


LD604 Professional Ethics in Organizations - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores ethics and philosophy of human acts as foundations of leadership and management thought and action. The unit is designed to assist students to think ethically. Making good decisions requires a trained sensitivity to ethical issues and a practiced method for exploring the ethical aspects of a decision and weighing the considerations that should impact on the choice of a course of action in any organization. Having a method for ethical decision making in any organization is absolutely essential in today’s business world. This unit will assist students to create a framework for ethical decision making as a useful process for exploring ethical dilemmas and identifying ethical courses of action in PNG’s complex culturally diverse context. The unit will also examine theories of what an ethical community, an ethical business, an ethical government or an ethical society should be.


LD605 Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation - 10 Credit Points 

This unit considers conflict from an organizational perspective. The unit will address such questions as: What are the costs to employers for failing to address workplace conflict? What are ethical and legal frameworks within which conflict must be handled? What ways have organizations found effective for systematically resolving and preventing conflict? Ethical considerations in resolving conflicts will be explored, including exposing students to the growing practice of alternate dispute resolution. Alternate dispute resolution, especially in the context of PNG and the Pacific Region, must ultimately end in reconciliation. For this reason, students will also be introduced to a regional Melanesian and Pacific framework of resolving conflicts.


LD606 Cross Cultural and Gender Leadership - 10 Credit Points 

This unit is specifically designed to develop cross-cultural and gender awareness and competency for PNG and Pacific Island leaders who work in diverse cultural settings. It is also designed for students who seek to work with people from other cultures in multi-cultural settings. Using theoretical frameworks, students will examine their own culture, compare it with other cultures, and develop strategies for working successfully in multi-cultural and cross-cultural environments. Emphasis will be on developing intercultural understanding, understanding of gender, leadership, and problem-solving skills when working with people from other cultures. Emphasis will also be placed on the importance of communication skills and how cultural style may impact the exchange of ideas, perception, effective communication, work performance, developing intercultural and cross cultural understanding, negotiation, collaboration and problemsolving skills.



LD607 Research Methods - 10 Credit Points

In this unit students are exposed to the skills of undertaking a research project. Different research paradigms and perspectives, and related data collection and analysis techniques are explored and applied to case material. Students will explore a research problem relevant to their workplace or organisation and apply the knowledge and skills of research to investigate the problem.


LD608 Independent Research Project - 10 Credit Points

In this unit, students are guided to produce a report on the research problem they developed in unit LD607. Special attention is given to the interpretation of findings and the presentation of the report. Crafting skills are developed for sections such as introduction/context, literature review, study design, analysis of the results, discussion, recommendations, referencing/bibliography, and appendices. Prior to submitting the final research paper, students are required to present their projects orally in an organized seminar. This is then followed up with a written submission of the final research project.