BIK 2926 Effective Teams - Influence Through Leadership


BIK 2926 Effective Teams - Influence Through Leadership

Responsible for the course
Geir Thompson

Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction


    Learning outcome
    Knowledge goals

    Being familiar with different types of team effectiveness models

    Knowing the factors that influence team effectiveness

    Gaining knowledge on communication strategies that contribute to effective information sharing and reducing conflict

    Team creativity – knowing what stimulates creative processes in teams

    Virtual teams – have knowledge on how to deal with the common obstacles in virtual teams

    Being familiar with the leadership theories: transactional leadership, transformational leadership, self leadership / super leadership, and situational leadership

    Knowledge on team leadership

    Skill goals
    .Team development – being able to influence team functioning by using empirically validated interventions

    Being able to counteract conflict

    Having the right skills to compose well-functioning teams

    Being a better team leader – by knowing when to use different kinds of leadership strategies

    Attitude goals

    Being able to reflect upon how to understand and apply the science on teams

    Knowing when to work in teams, and when not to

    Being aware of the ethical issues of leading teams


    Compulsory reading
    Bang, Henning og Thomas Nesset Midelfart. 2012. Effektive ledergrupper. Gyldendal akademisk. Hele boken
    Thompson, Geir and Jane Zhen Li. 2010. Leadership : in search of effective influence strategies. Gyldendal Akademisk. pages 15-119

    Hülsheger, U. R., N. Anderson & J. F. Salgado. 2009. Team-level predictors of innovation at work : A comprehensive meta-analysis spanning three decades of research. Journal of Applied Psychology. vol 94. s. 1128-1145

    Recommended reading

    Course outline

    Team effectiveness models – What makes an effective team?

    Team development

    Communication in teams

    Team creativity

    Virtual teams

    Leadership theories – Transactional leadership, transformational leadership, self leadership / super leadership, and situational leadership

    What does the effective team leader do?

    Computer-based tools

    Learning process and workload
    The course consists of three modules over a semester. Each module consist of two days with lectures. Besides lectures, group work will be used to create dialogue and explore certain topics. Cases, tests and skill training will be used to enhance the learning process. Lecturers will not cover the whole syllabus. The purpose of the instruction is to point out main topics and delve into certain themes and examples. Participants are responsible for going through the entire syllabus.

    The students will be handing in a term paper at the end of the course. They will be working on this paper throughout the course individually or in groups of up to three persons. The topic of the paper may be obtained from one’s own place of employment and could explain how teams/one’s own team functions (strengths and weaknesses). This will then make the basis for considering efforts to improve the team’s performance. The term paper will increase the practical value of the course.

    Examination code(s)
    BIK 29261 - Term paper; accounts for 100% of the final grade in BIK 2926, 7,5 credits

    Examination support materials

    Re-sit examination
    Re-sit at the next ordinary exam.

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