BIK 2945 Leadership. Theory and Practice

BIK 2945 Leadership. Theory and Practice

Course code: 
BIK 2945
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Cecilie Asting
Sølvi Lyngnes
Product category: 
Special Course
2018 Autumn
Active status: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

Leadership is a concept that we use in everyday speech and hence are familiar with or have opinions on. Many have taken om tasks or a role that involves leadership and many have been subject to leadership.

Leadership. Theory and Practice is a course that describes and discusses leadership both from a historical perspective, and from the perspective of how management and leadership can be described and applied today. By way of theories based on various views of leadership, students acquire an insight into many complex factors when practising the leadership role. In conclusion, there is a discussion on leadership challenges such as further digitalization, new employment terms and innovative business sectors, for instance the adventure industry.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The students shall gain an insight into, and knowledge of the meaning of the terms management and leadership. This involves becoming familiar with the theoretical bases for these terms and how theory can be transformed into practice. They shall learn that the leadership role is a complex interaction, this entails that there is no simple definition of leadership or how it can be practised. This requires an insight into basic theories, models and methodological aspects of leadership.

Learning outcomes - Skills

The students shall be able to analyse situations and apply relevant models and theories on leadership in assignments and case studies that are handed out or that they have chosen themselves. Relevant theories must be applicable for actual or realistic problems that concern leadership and the leadership role.

Learning Outcome - Reflection

The students shall be able to understand and reflect on the consequences of leadership and management in their own practice from a general perspective, which in addition to the interpersonal aspect, shall consider ethical dimensions such as sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Course content


  • Leadership – a historical perspective

    Perspectives on leadership

  • Theoretical platforms
  • Traditional and more recent definitions
  • Situational leadership
  • Transformational leadership

Organizational conditions for leadership

Leadership – personal and functional

  • Good and poor leadership
  • The employees’ views on leadership

    Leadership challenges

  • Digital leadership
  • Leadership in the adventure industry
  • Fresh leader
  • A Norwegian leadership model
  • Gender and leadership
Learning process and requirements to students

The course includes various forms of learning: lectures, literature studies, preparations, student presentations and various forms of digital resources and student supervision. Teaching sessions include lectures that cover the main elements of the course, digital learning resources and supervision. Students are expected to participate actively and take part in what was planned at the beginning of the semester.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
BIK 29451
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No72 Hour(s)Individual Individual 72 hours home exam, counting 100%.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:72 Hour(s)
Comment: Individual 72 hours home exam, counting 100%.
Exam code:BIK 29451
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Workload activityDurationType of durationComment student effort
Teaching28Hour(s)Kurset gjennomføres med 24 - 28 timer undervisning i klasserom.
Group work / Assignments148Hour(s) 148 - 152 timer.
Expected student effort:
Workload activity:Teaching
Duration:28 Hour(s)
Comment:Kurset gjennomføres med 24 - 28 timer undervisning i klasserom.
Workload activity:Group work / Assignments
Duration:148 Hour(s)
Comment: 148 - 152 timer.
Workload activity:Examination
Duration:24 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.

Talis literature


Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Birkinshaw, Julian; Poulsson, Poul Henrik 2014 Bli en bedre sjef: hvorfor god ledelse er så vanskelig   Cappelen Damm akademisk  
Kirkhaug, Rudi 2015 Lederskap: person og funksjon   Universitetsforl  
Authors/Editors År Tittel Journal Edition Publisher StudentNote
Kvålshaugen R og Wennes G .   Historisk tilbakeblikk på organisere og lede som fagområder Historisk tilbakeblikk på organisere og lede som fagområder 2012 Fagbokforlaget Kap. 9 Organisere og lede. Dilemmaer i praksis.
Thompson, Geir   Situasjonstilpasning som ledelsesstrategi Situasjonstilpasning som ledelsesstrategi     Kapittel 8, s. 152-178
Geir Thompsen 2010 Transactional and transformational leadership Transactional and transformational leadership     kap 3, 96-126. in Leadership in Search of Effective Influence Strategies.
Northouse, P.G 2016 Gender and Leadership Gender and Leadership     kap. 15 I Leadership. Theory and Practice.
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Sannes, Ragnvald; Andersen, Espen   Er norske bedrifter digitale sinker?      
Joseph Pine II, B.; H. Gilmore, James 2014-01-14 A leader's guide to innovation in the experience economy      
Tor Grenness 2012 På jakt etter en norsk ledelsesmodell      
Frode Dale 2015 Livet som ny leder      

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