CET187 Understanding Leadership in a Digitalized Environment

Course Provider

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information



Academic Unit



This course is specifically designed for working professionals who are either currently in, or seeking, managerial and leadership positions in organisations that have been significantly impacted by the use of digital technologies. The advent of digital technologies has fundamentally changed the way leaders operate, communicate, and make decisions. To be effective in such environments, leaders must be able to adapt and leverage these technologies to drive organisational success.
The course offers an overview of management principles and their applications within digitalised organisational environments, providing the necessary frameworks, methodologies, and real-world case studies to become effective managers and leaders in such settings. Learners will learn the fundamentals of leading people, teams, and organisations, as well as developing managerial skills to design work, analyse situations, and make decisions in digitalised environments.
Ultimately, this course will equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive as leaders in digitalised organisations. They will learn to adapt to new technologies, manage change, and effectively lead their teams to success in the digital age.


This course is part of:

- Graduate Certificate in Library Leadership and Management
- FlexiMasters in Library Leadership and Management


This course provides an overview of the principles of management and their applications in digitalized organizational environments. Students will learn the fundamentals of effectively leading people, teams, and organizations and develop managerial skills to design work, analyze situations and make decisions in such environments.

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the roles of leaders in developing a digital culture based on the discussion of the contingency theories of leadership (i.e., The Fielder Model, Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership Theory and the Path-Goal Model).
  • Describe the different management and leadership styles including transformational and transactional, charismatic, authentic, ethical, and servant leadership.
  • Understand managers' decisions when planning, organising, leading and controlling in a digitalized environment.
  • Design motivating jobs through the perspectives of contemporary theories of motivation (e.g., goal-setting theory, reinforcement theory)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the skills necessary for managerial success on organizational monitoring and controlling.
This course is recommended for participants who are at the managerial and leadership levels or planning to move up to these levels in organizations.

Standard Course Fee: S$4,860

SSG Funding Support

 Course fee

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


BEFORE funding & GST

AFTER funding & 8% GST

AFTER funding & 9% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)




Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)



SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

  • Standard course fee is inclusive of GST.
  • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

Note: Course fee payment made before 1 Jan 2024 will be subject to GST at 8%, and payment made on or after 1 Jan 2024 will be subject to GST at 9%.

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Associate Professor Lee Chei Sian

Lee Chei Sian is an Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where she is also the Associate Chair (Faculty). She was the recipient of the 2018 Nanyang Education Award (School-level). She is actively involved in research on issues related to everyday technologies and user-information interaction at work and school. Her work has been widely published in international journals including Journal of Educational Computing Research, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Computers and Education, Computers in Human Behavior and New Media and Society. Chei Sian is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board for Computers and Education, Online Information Review, The Electronic Library and Journal for STEM Education Research. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer and Information Sciences from the National University of Singapore and her PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Liautaud Graduate School of Business.


CET186 Reference, User Services and Information Discovery*
CET187 Understanding Leadership in a Digitalized Environment*3
CET188 Building Collections and Intellectual Foundations for the Information Professions*3
CET189 Organizing Information Resources3
CET190 Managing Information and Information Institutions3

*Students must complete these courses to obtain the Graduate Certificate. These courses represent the basic set of competencies for librarians. No other course combinations will lead to the award of the Graduate Certificate.

Listed courses are:

  • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Library Leadership and Management (total 9 AUs) and FlexiMasters in Library Leadership and Management (15 AUs)