MBA 2441 Leading and Organizing Digitally

MBA 2441 Leading and Organizing Digitally

Course code: 
MBA 2441
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Vegard Kolbjørnsrud
Course name in Norwegian: 
Leading and Organizing Digitally
Product category: 
MBA China
2023 Spring
Active status: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

Rapid and unpredictable change, emergence of ubiquitous intelligent technology, and the consistent decline of routine work render conventional static organizational designs inadequate and provide a vastly expanded repertoire of available ways to organize work. Participants will learn about the demands and opportunities facing leaders and organizational designers in a digital work environment. These developments will have consequences for internal processes such as the ways we organize and the way leaders understand their roles. Participants will learn about how the traditional role of leadership needs to adapt to the changing nature of work in the digital age, agile ways of organizing, how leadership relates to learning and innovation, and how digital technologies, as a value-creating resource, may affect leadership.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The candidates will acquire knowledge about leadership in digitally enabled organizations. They will learn about the changing nature of work and how that affects leadership and organizations, as well as the benefits and issues arising from the use of intelligent technologies in leadership and organizational processes such as decision-making. Candidates will also acquire knowledge about digital mindsets as well as agile and collaborative organizational forms.

Learning outcomes - Skills
  • The candidates will be able to apply knowledge about human cognition to leadership and organizational processes.
  • The candidates will be able to plan and organize organizations that make use of the dual-natured knowledge concerning humans and machines.
  • The candidate will be able to identify the different digital mindsets represented in their organization or team and know how to both influence and leverage the digital mindsets of others
  • The candidate will be able to evaluate the organizational context, and take steps to create the environment needed to support the learning and innovation that drive digital transformation The candidates will be able to design and lead agile and collaborative organizations
General Competence
  • The candidates will be able to critically assess risks and opportunities in projects that require extreme balancing of exploration and exploitation.
  • The candidates will be able to see their own strengths and limitations as a key to designing and running teams that make good use of technology.
  • The candidate will be able to reflect on their own digital mindset beliefs and the implications their fundamental beliefs about new technology have on others around them
  • The candidate will develop a broader competence for enabling organizational change and renewal as it relates to new technology and digital transformation
  • The candidates will be able to critically assess the appropriateness of different organizational forms for different purposes and conditions.
Course content
  1. Digital work and leadership: Changing nature of work, automation, experimentation, and introduction to Artificial Intelligence in management.
  2. Digital mindsets: Influencing and leveraging individual beliefs about personal and situational resources in the context of technological change.
  3. Agile organizing: Agile development methods, organizational design, and change.
  4. Digital augmentation and organizational intelligence: Digital support of human problem solving and decision-making. Bias and algorithmic accountability. Organizing intelligent human and digital actors.


Teaching and learning activities

The course is conducted as a teaching module, where students have classes all day for four subsequent days, a total of 32 hours.

The course is created around four whole days, one for each point above. On these days, the students will meet a mixture of practical cases, lectures and group discussions as well as possible company visits/guest speakers. The students are required to write their own leadership development plan for advancing their digital leadership skills.

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 MBA and examination in all courses in the MBA programme must be passed in order to obtain a certificate for the MBA degree.

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.

Granted admission to the BI-Fudan MBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.


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

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
4 Week(s)
Individual leadership development plan, counts 70% of the final grade
Exam code: 
MBA 24412
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Group (2 - 8)
Class participation incl. group presentation, counts 30% of the final grade
Exam code: 
MBA 24412
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
Total weight: 
Student workload
32 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
30 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
48 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

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.