GRA 8159 Leadership (2021/2022)

GRA 8159 Leadership (2021/2022)

Course code: 
GRA 8159
Department: 
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Credits: 
4
Course coordinator: 
Per-Magnus Thompson
Course name in Norwegian: 
Leadership (2021/2022)
Product category: 
Executive
Portfolio: 
EMBA Business Administration - Core Courses
Semester: 
2021 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

The concept of “leadership” emerged to enrich the idea of a “manager” as an organizational engineer. Surrounded by hypes and myths, the leadership concept has remained a globally popular concept to describe the role and performance of business executives and public administrators on all levels. The reason for this is the necessity to safeguard the life of organizations as real social entities in contrast with their abstract existence as planned realities in the form of budgets and strategic documents. The purpose of this course is to let the students understand various ways of understanding their leadership roles, how to fill the roles and how to make use of the available knowledge about leadership to improve their performance and survive their job demands.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The students will through the course receive guidance in creating their own, practically applicable model of leadership. This will be done by that the students receive knowledge about leading oneself as a leader, leading others, strategic thinking, and managing change. Leadership is a function of all these elements taken together and these elements together influence the organization’s results.

Learning outcomes - Skills

During the course the students should become more self aware about their own leadership by clarifying their personal leadership model. Further, they should develop skills in influencing others and in strategic thinking.

General Competence

You are never the perfect leader. Therefore the leadership course emphasizes developing the students’ aptitudes of the importance of becoming reflective leadership practitioners, i.e. developing the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning in order to improve and develop your leadership.

Course content
  • The basic roles of management and leadership
  • The difference between social and technical validation of decisions
  • Creating realities
  • Personality and mindsets as talents and pitfalls
  • The role of communication and language in leadership
  • Charisma and other central concepts of leadership perceptions
  • Teams and post-heroic leadership
  • The dark side of leadership
  • Developing leaders as tool for leadership and cross-cultural leadership
Teaching and learning activities

Students will from start to end of the course work on their personal leadership development plan. This is a tool for identifying important challenges in their aspirations to improve performance and cultivate their capabilities to assume roles on higher levels. The students will learn to identify the role requirements of leadership in their own surroundings, and to improve their self-awareness in evaluating their own performance. This part of the course will be linked to the “leadership development” track which provides the students with personal diagnostics and individual mentoring. By building on knowledge from the cases and textbook, applied through discussions in groups and classrooms, the students will create a personalized plan for how to improve and train their own leadership capabilities.

1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. 

The leadership course is designed as a combination of lectures (both in class and online), team presentations, exercises, case discussions and hand-ins, and reflective discussions based on your own leadership experiences. The course requires substantial preparation and active participation in class.

The leadership course is ntegrated with Leadership Development Programme.  

Attendance to all sessions in the course is compulsory. If you have to miss part(s) of the course you must ask in advance for leave of absence. More than 25% absence in a course will require retaking the entire course. It's the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ It's learning or other course materials.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component will be graded using points on a scale 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 course. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam components will get a lower grade or may fail the course. Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments.

Specific information regarding the points system and the mapping scale beyond the information given in the course description will be provided in class. This information may be relevant for requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several elements of the overall evaluation.

The course is a part of a full Executive MBA programme and examination in all courses must be passed in order to obtain a certificate.
 

In all BI Executive courses and programmes, there is a mutual requirement  
for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Qualifications

Granted admission to the EMBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 81591
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
40No1 Semester(s)Individual 40 % - Individual written reflections on your personal leadership model
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Class participation
Exam code:
GRA 81591
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
20No -Individual 20 % - Classroom contribution
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 81591
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
40No1 Semester(s)Group (2 - 8)40 % - Group case work and presentation
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:40
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:40 % - Individual written reflections on your personal leadership model
Exam code:GRA 81591
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Class participation
Weight:20
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: -
Comment:20 % - Classroom contribution
Exam code:GRA 81591
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:40
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-8)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:40 % - Group case work and presentation
Exam code:GRA 81591
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 4 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 110 hours.