MAN 5018 Team Management

MAN 5018 Team Management

Course code: 
MAN 5018
Communication and Culture
Course coordinator: 
Donatella De Paoli
Trond Kjærstad
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Product category: 
Executive Master of Management
2018 Spring
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Course type: 
Associate course
Course codes for multi- or associated courses.
MAN 5019 - 1. semester
MAN 5020 - 2. semester

The program Team Management is about how you achieve performances through teams, as work mode and leadership approach. Team is about working democratically, flexible, performance oriented and involving. Team means to work through others with others. Team gives the opportunity to realize oneself through learning and working in interaction with others. In a digitalized and competence based work life, team has achieved a renewed attention because it is the most appropriate work mode. Performances, competence leadership, creativity and innovation, decisions and processes are the themes in the program. This program is relevant for participants and managers of teams from different industries and organisations, where team is used as organizing principle for market or client orientation, as development of projects, as change mode, innovating principle, to improve the work climate or development of competence based environments amongst other.

In this program you will learn more about what creates good performances in teams and how people can be lead in different types of team processes. We are based in the established research about work groups- and teams, but renew these perspectives by impulses from psychology, newer leadership theories, humanistic perspectives and art.
You will learn theories about team organizing, team performances and processes, as well as how to handle and lead different processes in teams. The program has five main themes, as starting point for each module.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Knowledge of different forms of teams and ability to identify these
  • Knowledge of basic task based group- and team theory
  • Knowledge of team situations and the appropriate use of team competence
  • Knowledge about team performances and how to improve them
  • Knowledge of research based team knowledge about how to lead different teams
  • Knowledge about teams in practice and the ability to evaluate challenges through cases from work life, history and cultural expressions


Learning outcomes - Skills
  • To implement performance improvements in teams
  • To improve cooperative skills in teams
  • To develop and lead own team with appropriate tools and approaches
Learning Outcome - Reflection
  • An overall perspective in how team theory is connected to organizations and theory
  • An increased understanding in the complexity in human interaction
  • Take responsibility for own behavior as team participant and as teamleader
Course content

1st course module - Team Performances
2nd course module - Leadership of competence based teams in a digital time
3rd course module - Creative team processes - Study tour to Barcelona
4th course module - Leadership- and decision making teams
5th course module - Processes in teams

Learning process and requirements to students

The programme is conducted through five course modules over two semesters, a total of approx. 150 lecturing hours.

Project tutorials differ in each Executive Master of Management programme. It will consist of personal tutorials and tutorials given in class. Generally the students may expect consulting tutorials, not evaluating tutorials. The total hours of tutorials offered is estimated to 4 hours per term paper.

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all programmes, it is the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ itslearning or other course materials.

The students are evaluated through a term paper, counting 60% of the total grade and a 72 hours individual home exam counting 40%. The term paper may be written individually or in groups of maximum three persons. All evaluations must be passed to obtain a certificate for the programme. 

The term paper is included in the degree’s independent work of degree, cf national regulation on requirements for master’s degree, equivalent to 18 ECTS credits per. programme. For the Executive Master of Management degree, the independent work of degree represents the sum of term papers from three programmes.


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

1. module - Team Performances 


The module presents central theories and problems within teamorganizing and- development, and gives a basic understanding of the premises for team performances and interventions to improve these. 


team as work mode, work groups vs. teams 

team in an organisational perspective 

team classification /team in the perspective of organisational practice and leadership 

team performance and synergies 

diversity in teams - team roles 

teamleadership in relation to the traditional leadership role 

Status team research and standard 'team tools' 

intervention strategies for optimizing team work 

2. module - Leadership of competence based teams in a digital time 


The module will give an overview of relevant theories and perspectives of team leadership of high competent people, including how to lead these in a digital time. The module will focus at challenges and related leadership perspectives to be used. 


team work in professional organizations and types of competence based teams 

leadership of teams in a digital time - virtual teams  

professionalizing, collectivism vs individualism 

the shadow - personal destructivity in teamwork 

leadership of competence based teams: self-leadership, co-leadership and primadonna leadership 

learning processes in teams 

conflict and conflict handling 

tools for team development 

3. module - Creativity in teams 


The module will give an understanding of how creativity, entrepeneurship and innovation can be developed in teams. Communication influence the common perception and reality of teams. We will be handling communication and what processes, spaces, context, improvisations, techiques and metafores stimulating creativity in teams. This module will be held in Barcelona - a city known for entrepreneurship and creativity. 


Creativity and innovation in teams 

Processes hindering and stimulating creativity 

Everyday creativity 

The use of metaphors in creative processes 

Art and aesthetics in creative processes 

The importance of space and place as inspiration of creativity 

4. module - Leadership groups and decisionmaking teams 


The purpose of this module is to give the participants insight of the challenges of leadership- and decisionmaking teams, but also to give participants competence to improve decision making in own teams or leadership teams and to coach these teams. 


leadership groups - a real team or a pseudo team? 

decisions and decision making processes in teams 

tasks and challenges demanding teamwork in leadership groups 

composition of leadership groups and decision making teams 

conflict of lojalty and trust in leadership groups 

conflicts in leadership groups 

5. module: Team processes 


The module will give a deeper understanding of the internal dynamics of teams and their impact on team effectiveness. We will look at the central paradox at the heart of real teamwork: That mutual dependency and accountability is a prerequisite both for success and conflict and lack of trust. 


· The importance of focused communication 

· Getting the most from diversity 

· Trust in teams 

· Conflict and conflict management 

· Team learning 


Bachelor degree, corresponding to 180 credits from an accredited university, university college or similar educational institution
The applicant must be at least 25 years of age
At least four years of work experience. For applicants who have already completed a master’s degree, three years of work experience are required.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Group/Individual (1 - 3)
2 Semester(s)
Term paper, counting 60% of the total grade.
Exam code: 
MAN 50181
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
72 Hour(s)
Individual 72 hours home exam counting 40% of the total grade.
Exam code: 
MAN 50182
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
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A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 30 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 800 hours.