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2010/2011  KAN-LCO  Leadership in the Creative Organizations co-arranged with 1st Year Project

English Title
Leadership in the Creative Organizations co-arranged with 1st Year Project

Course Information

Language English
Point 15 ECTS (450 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course Period
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for MSc of Social Science
Course Coordinator
  • 1st Year project
    Ester Barinaga - Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Leadership in the Creative Organizations: Stefan Meisiek, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Main Category of the Course
  • Economic and organizational sociology
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
Leadership in the Creative Organizatins:

The aim of this course is to enable students to:

1. Apply theoretical ideas and materials from this and other courses to resolve problems and develop opportunities in practical settings.
2. Take initiative in forming actionable frameworks in areas where theory is not yet complete, or where the contingency that underlies the relevance of a theory to a particular real situation is unclear.
3. Persuasively critique available theory in terms of its relevance to a given applied situation.
4. State and defend their own frameworks and formulations, by referencing, as appropriate, the theoretical and conceptual materials in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship literature, whether from this course or another.
5. Demonstrate an ability to identify which facts in a case are relevant to a decision facing the subject company, to use appropriate analytical tools and relevant theory to analyze those facts, and to arrive at clearly stated recommendations justified by sound logic and which take into account the factors important to the firm’s circumstances, such strategy, competitive situation, operational risk, and firm capabilities.

1st Year Project:

By the end of the first-year group project students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an ability to describe and build a case of organizational innovation and entrepreneurship.
2. Mobilize relevant theories and concepts to discuss organizational innovation and entrepreneurship.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical perspectives discussed in the course as a means of deciding questions and giving strategic recommendations concerning specific problem of innovation, entrepreneurship and organizational creativity.
4. Select appropriate scientific methodology for building up a case study, and defend the choice of methodology.
5. Integrate empirical case descriptions with theoretical perspectives and concepts in the analysis of specific cases.
6. Present (both in written and oral form) in a structured and convincing manner a particular case.
7. Persuasively explain and defend a position on issues concerning innovation and entrepreneurship.

Oral exam based on first-year case project
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship External examiners
Exam Period Spring Term
Duration 20 Minutes
The exam is an individual oral exam (20 minutes per student including votation) based on the first-year case project written either individually (max. 20 pages) or in groups of 3-5 students (max 50 pages). Each group has 5 hours of supervision and if written individually, 2 hours of supervision is given.

If a student is ill during the regular oral exam, he/she will be able to re-use the project at the make-up exam. If the student was ill during the writing of the project and did not contribute to the project, the make-up exam can be written individually or in groups (provided that other students are taking the make-up exam). If the student did not pass the regular exam, he/she must revise the project (confer advice from the examiner) and hand it in on a new deadline specified by the secretariat.
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

Leadership in the Creative Organizations:

This final course of the first year provides students with an opportunity to synthesize the ideas and concepts they have encountered throughout the year into a coherent, if tentative and evolving, set of theories of practice, and to refine these in the crucible of practical application. To accomplish this, we will proceed pedagogically using an inductive approach, the “case method” (sometimes called “the Socratic method”). Conceptual and theoretical material will be introduced during class discussion of a series of applied cases, each centered on a problem facing a real creative organization. Theory development and critique will happen in class, not in the literature assigned as reading for the course, and students will be encouraged to take and defend positions, based on their mastery of conceptual material from this and other courses. Because of this pedagogical approach, class attendance will be particularly important. Reading will not be an alternative way of acquiring understanding of the content that is the subject of the course, which will emerge, instead, in class discussion. Students will be evaluated not according to their adherence to a uniform set of ideas, but rather according to the quality of their arguments in defense of their own personal theories as they apply to practical situation.

1st Year Project:

The purpose of the project is to improve students’ ability to describe, analyze, and diagnose real life cases of organizational innovation and entrepreneurship.

The focus of the project is set on the combination of theoretical perspectives and issues faced in everyday organizational life. Accordingly, the project aims at integrating theoretical concepts with practical questions concerning organizational innovation and entrepreneurship.

Further, an important aim of the first-year group project is to train students in suggesting a recommendation and defending a position in an academic as well as business-like manner.

The group project runs in parallel and is closely connected to the course Leadership in the Creative Organizations (LCO). Both, the first-year group project and LCO, have thus a combined exam.

Teaching Methods
Leadership in the Creative Organizations:
The course assumes that students have, by this time, fully engaged in the active participation that will characterize the OIE program. Students will be expected to contribute thoughts of value to their fellow students during the course.

1st Year Project:
The first-year group project will combine traditional lectures (on writing and presenting), group work and group presentations.

Leadership in the Creative Organizations:

The Prince, by NiccolòMachiavelli

(http://www.constitution.org/mac/prince00.htmor http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1232)

The Secret Sharer, by Joseph Conrad

(http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/220or http://manybooks.net/titles/conradjoetext95sshar11.html).

This course will also make use of three movies, which you will need to watch before the class in which we discussion them. These three movies, and the sources from which you can obtain them, are:

A Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt, Directed by Fred Zinnemann (1966); access it here

http://en.gloria.tv/?media=24816(115 min run time)

or you might be able to rent the video; or find a script of the play in a public library or bookstore.

Antigone, by Sophocles, Directed by Don Taylor (1984 TV Movie); access it here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGT24uYPb2Y(unfortunately in 11 different segments)

read the text in a book or on the web; many translations are available on the web, but many are in verse; reading them will make you appreciate the plain language translation used in the video.

The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay), Directed by James Ivory (1993) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAdWFWY9Bqc(unfortunately in multiple segments) or you can rent the video in many video stores.

In addition, we will make various articles and excerpts from books accessible to you on SiteScape or in the CBS Library. Some other materials you will need to access directly and purchase from the Harvard Business School Publishing website. Instructions for how to do this follow.

1st Year Project:

Suggested reading:

Eisenhardt, Kathleen. 1989. “Building theories from case study research”.Academy of Management Review, 14(4):532-550.