GRA 3164 Organisational Behavior and Entrepreneurial Leadership

GRA 3164 Organisational Behavior and Entrepreneurial Leadership

Course code: 
GRA 3164
Department: 
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 
6
Program of study: 
Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Course coordinator: 
Øystein D. Fjeldstad
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Semester: 
2020 Spring
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

Entrepreneurs and corporate innovators face significant leadership and organizational challenges such as recruiting and leading an entrepreneurial team, leading explorative and experimental work on a shoestring budget, and building an organization from scratch. Successful entrepreneurship requires an understanding of these challenges and a set of leadership skills to overcome them. Furthermore, different entrepreneurial efforts and corporate innovation projects may face distinct challenges and require differentiated skillsets. The course will give students knowledge and understanding of theory and practice of leadership and organizing in entrepreneurial settings and prepare them for careers in start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate innovation efforts.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Upon completion of the course, students should have knowledge of:

  • The leadership challenges and requirements of start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate innovation efforts
  • Leadership and development of people and teams in entrepreneurial settings
  • Methods for leading and organizing innovative projects
  • Decision making in entrepreneurial settings
  • The role of technology in leadership and collaboration
  • Organizational development and design of entrepreneurial efforts of different types and stages of development
Learning outcomes - Skills

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify leadership challenges and requirements as well as apply relevant leadership practices
  • Assess and choose appropriate project methods for different innovation challenges, as well as to know the basics of how to lead them
  • Identify and make strategic decisions
  • Assess and choose effective ways to organize start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate innovation efforts
General Competence

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to reflect and apply knowledge and skills across diverse contexts on:

  • The use of theories and models to solve leadership and organizational problems in start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate innovation efforts
  • Approaches to collaboration, management and organization of work in an international context
  • Impact of digitalization
  • Personal career development path
Course content

The course covers the following topics:

  • The leadership capabilities of an entrepreneur: start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate innovation and the different leadership capabilities they require
  • Building a team and leading people
  • Decision making in entrepreneurial settings
  • Leading and organizing innovative projects: introduction to Agile, Lean Startup, rapid prototyping, and Design Thinking methods
  • Organizing start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate innovation: the fundamentals of organization design
Teaching and learning activities

The course will combine academic rigor and practical relevance through research-based and academic-grade practitioner literature, student involvement, problem solving, and practical exercises in and between lectures. Leading reflective practitioners will be involved in the development and teaching of the course.

Students have to read assigned literature and cases before each class and be prepared for class discussions.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the examination code (course). Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course starts.

At resit, all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Class participation
Exam code:
GRA31641
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
25No1 Semester(s)Individual
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA31641
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
50No 1 Semester(s)Group ( 2 - 3)Written group project report on one of two topics: - Develop a leadership and organizational development plan for an entrepreneurial effort - Conduct a leadership and organizational assessment of one or more entrepreneurial efforts
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Presentation
Exam code:
GRA31641
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
25No -Group ( 2 - 3)Presentation of group project
Exams:
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Class participation
Weight:25
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:
Exam code:GRA31641
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:50
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-3)
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:Written group project report on one of two topics: - Develop a leadership and organizational development plan for an entrepreneurial effort - Conduct a leadership and organizational assessment of one or more entrepreneurial efforts
Exam code:GRA31641
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Presentation
Weight:25
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-3)
Duration: -
Comment:Presentation of group project
Exam code:GRA31641
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100
Sum workload: 
0

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.