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2015/2016  KAN-CCMVV4039U  Neuroscience, Management & Leadership

English Title
Neuroscience, Management & Leadership

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Thomas Ramsøy - Department of Marketing (Marketing)
Administration: Yvonne Bjørkov - yb.marktg@cbs.dk

This course is part of a minor in Consumer Behaviour and Neuroscience
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Business psychology
Last updated on 21-04-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • To become able to read and understand contemporary readings in the borderland between management and neuroscience
  • Have a critical view on the claim made for specific tools and insights from neuroscience to management & leadership.
  • To work in a modern management organisation with emphasise on organisational and managerial challenges
  • Be able to discuss the assumptions that underlie the study of managerial behaviours , including the role of the brain in determining emotional responses; and the relative roles of emotions and cognitive processes, including reasoning, in decision making
  • Be able to reflect on the implication of the modern view of the brain on management and leadership
  • Be able to discuss how optimal management strategies can be integrated in managerial and organisational situations
  • To critically reflect on the utility of traditional managerial work and their underlying assumptions of the human mind.
  • Be able to analyse managerial challenges in the light of the different theories and insights introduced
  • Be able to identify relevant theories and models (from neuroscience and/or management) to describe and solve a specific case
  • Be able to structure and analyse data by using adapted theories and models
  • Be able to draw conclusions from this analysis and discuss their implications for management strategies
Individual Project:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter, See e-campus for details on the exam-date.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content and structure

This course is dedicated to the multidisciplinary aspects of management and leadership. Contemporary approaches to the study of management and leadership  will be seen in the light of recent advances brain science. The combination of economics, management and neuroscience – also called neuromanagement and neuroleadership – will be used comprehensively throughout the course. Specifically, the role of emotional and cognitive aspects in managerial decisions are in focus.


The course provides an opportunity for students to (a) deepen their understanding of how the brain makes social and non-social choices, (b) learn about the role of individual emotional and cognitive capacities and challenges, and how to employ this knowledge to management and organizational challenges, and (c) learn to employ neuromanagement and neuroleadership strategies to .

Much of the course will be dedicated to the workings of the mind in light of recent advances in neuroscience, and how this relates to our understanding of managerial and leadership decision making. Issues such as attention, emotional responses, memory, preference formation and decision making are covered in depth. Emphasis will also be on case-driven managerial challenges and how this new science is changing the way leaders should be driven by science-based leadership

Teaching methods
The course is given in lecture form with cases and classwork, by Dr. Thomas Z. Ramsøy and colleagues.

Selected cases will be treated, in order to enable the student to relate the theoretical material to management & leadership relevant organisational challenges. Cases will be presented and discussed, and the success of case discussion depends on the active participation of each student and student group, both between instructor and students, but also between students.

Chapters and extra articles will be assigned for reading. Time will be devoted to class discussions and questions regarding these readings.
Further Information

This course is part of the minor in Economics, Psychology and Neuroscience


Expected literature

Indicative literature - changes may occur:

Ghadiri, Habermacher & Peters “Neuroleadership: A Journey Through the Brain for Business Leaders" Springer; 2012 edition



A selected compendium of articles on neuroleadership & neuromanagement (will be available at CBS bookstore)

Last updated on 21-04-2015