BIK 2926 Effective Teams - Influence Through Leadership

BIK 2926 Effective Teams - Influence Through Leadership

Course code: 
BIK 2926
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Anne Gjertrud Fure
Course name in Norwegian: 
Effektive team - Innflytelse gjennom ledelse
Product category: 
Executive - Special Course
2023 Spring
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

Team as a way of working is constantly increasing, here in Norway as well as in international organizations. The challenges and tasks faced by organizations are more complex and require a higher degree of interaction than before. However, the trend of teamwork may have a downside: collaboration may generate loss as well as gains, and for some teams the loss is greater than the gain. This can be due to different things: goal ambiguity, meetings that create dissatisfaction and boredom, trust may turn into mistrust and conflict, and belonging and pride in the team disappears as a consequence of unwanted group dynamics. Then, the cooperation is not sustainable. To succeed with teams, we need knowledge about teams. We need to know which processes increase performance, create teams that are based on interaction, everyone’s well-being and psychological safety. In lectures, discussions, team processes and training, the course aims to provide precisely this competence.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

* Have knowledge of models for team efficiency

• Be aware which factors influence team functioning

• Have knowledge of forms of communication that work well and prevent conflict

* Digitalization and virtual teams: challenges and opportunities

• Know management theories that are useful for optimal team collaboration

• Knowledge of team leadership and the team leader role

Learning outcomes - Skills

• Be able to use research-based interventions to influence interaction within teams in a constructive way

• Be able to counteract conflict in teams

• Be able to put together teams that are successful both in performance and collaboration

• Become a better team leader and know which leadership styles are suitable for different team situations

General Competence

Be able to reflect on how to understand and apply research to the administration and management of teams

Develop a understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of teams as a sustainable way of working

• Be aware of your own values ​​and actions as a leader or member of a team

• Develop a critical attitude towards theories and methods about leadership and teams, as well as awareness of unintended consequences when using these theories and methods

Course content

Team efficiency models

What makes teams effective, lasting and sustainable?

How to develop effective teams

Communication in teams

Creativity in teams

Virtual / digital team

Theories of leadership

What do the most effective leaders of team actually do

Teaching and learning activities

The course runs one semester with module-based learning: three modules of two full days that consists of lectures, processes, training and student activity. The lectures is on selected topics with group discussions and skills training to each topic. The lectures will not cover all syllabus material, as the purpose is to teach the broad lines, as well as to deepen and discuss the most central themes. The participants are responsible for reading and familiarizing themselves with the entire syllabus.


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


Grunnet Covid-19 pandemien vil det kunne forekomme avvik i undervisnings- og læringsaktiviteter og eksamen, sammenlignet med denne kursbeskrivelsen.


Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Group/Individual (1 - 3)
1 Semester(s)
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.
Exam code: 
BIK 29261
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
45 Hour(s)
72 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
83 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.