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Leadership and Organisation, 9 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Master´s Programme in Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organizations
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Business administration - FÖA
  COURSE CODE   722A23
Knowledge and understanding
After having successfully completed this course, the student should be able to
• identify, explain and apply key concepts of leadership and organization and relate them to the exploration/exploitation challenge
• critically analyse and integrate knowledge gained through reading, discussions, and cases, and express it orally and in writing

Skills and abilities
After having successfully completed this course, the student should be able to
• analyse complex situations from a leadership and organization perspective, identify patterns and problems, develop plausible explanations, suggest possible solutions, and reflect upon the outcomes of actions taken

Values and attitudes
Students who have successfully completed this course should
• have developed a critical and reflective attitude towards what they read and experience within the field
In this course we will explore and analyze an organizational challenge that has kept researchers (and managers) occupied for years: How can we manage an organization's simultaneous needs for exploration of new opportunities (change) and exploitation of old lessons learned (stability) - and more specifically how do we allocate scarce resources between the two? As the name of the course implies, we will explore this challenge through the lenses of Leadership and Organization. The essence of organization here is developing more efficient ways of working, setting standards, developing routine, following rules, and developing similar patterns of thinking. The essence of leadership on the other hand is vision, imagination, variation, having the courage to break rules and routines, and to inspire others to follow. Stability and change are both necessary for an organization to survive long-term. The challenge is to find a viable balance between the two. In this course we will twist-and-turn this challenge and explore it from different perspectives and try to understand what it looks like in the everyday life of organizations and people, and we will do this through a number of select case studies.
The course is designed to encourage active participation and the students are involved in various forms of interactive learning situations. The basic learning pillars are
• interactive lectures, complemented by individual reading to introduce the students to the research areas and lay a theoretical foundation
• practical exercises, such as role-plays, to provide experience of some of the topics covered in the course
• cases, where the students step-by-step will apply what they have learned during lectures and reading to show their ability to analyse complex situations, in particular their organization and leadership dimensions, and propose reasonable and relevant solutions to problems in these areas
• paper-writing based on lectures, readings, cases and team discussions

By completing this course, the students will have experienced first hand
• working in culturally diverse teams
• having to plan for and coordinate many simultaneous tasks
• giving and taking constructive feedback
The course will be examined through a number of exercises that are spread out over the duration of the course.
• Written preparation of casework
• Casework
• Final Paper
• Feedback
• Active participation
A larger portion of points can be acquired through the final paper and the individual preparation of casework.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Applicants must, by the closing date for application, hold a bachelor's degree/kandidatexamen (equivalent for example a professional degree) of at least 180 ECTS credits, in Business Administration or Economics with at least 90 credits (3 semesters of full-time study) in the subject of Business Administration, including a 15 ECTS credit degree paper or equivalent.

Documented knowledge of English equivalent to "Engelska B"; i.e. English as native language or an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores: Paper based 575 + TWE-score 4.5, and internet based 90), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.5 and no band under 5.5), or equivalent.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Leadership and Organisation
Leadership and Organisation, advanced course
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
IEI - Department of Management and Engineering
Registrar No: 1331/06-41   Course Code: 722A23      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Business administration - FÖA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
A1X   Advanced level     FÖA   SA  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2008-09-10
Latest revision 2011-05-25