Part 3 – Fieldwork visit to a local company and Enterprise Project
Using one of the local companies from part 2, students will have the opportunity to shadow the leaders of local companies. They will be able to see how a leader manages his company in real life and students will get the chance to learn skills from the leaders of the companies and staff that they may not have learned in the classroom. Afterwards, the students will work in groups of 3 to create a mini enterprise project based on the company they have visited, they will try to incorporate innovate and sustainable management practices that they think can be incorporated into the local company.
Having an effective leader is what many companies can attribute their success to, for example Bill Gates lead Microsoft to global success, as did Steve Jobs with Apple. The students will get the opportunity to look at successful companies and identify the attributes that have led to their success. They will learn that the skills these successful leaders have acquired in their lifetime were not necessarily from the theory they learned in university, but from first-hand experience of the business world, which is why the field work component is an excellent feature of these teaching resources.
Field work is a vital source of knowledge, as it provides students with first-hand practices of the real world. These teaching resources aim to provide students with an unconventional platform of learning about leadership styles. Through field work, students will be able to differentiate between different types of leadership styles that they have learned about, and how that affects the overall success of the company. This form of learning will provide students with the necessary tools to critically analyse the subject matter and provide concrete recommendations on how to improve the sustainable management strategies within the company, that is not only beneficial for leaders and the community around them, but for the students themselves who will have the opportunity to create their own mini enterprise project based on what they have learned.