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2016/2017  KAN-CKOMO1048U  Leadership and Communication

English Title
Leadership and Communication

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory offered as elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Organizational Communication, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Dan Kärreman - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 24-06-2016
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: At the exam, the student must demonstrate the ability to:
  • Understand the primary communication-based challenges for contemporary leadership & management
  • Understand and discuss key analytical models, concepts and theories on leadership, management and communication from the course
  • Apply models, concepts and theories from the course to a practical leadership/management-oriented context in a solution-based manner
  • Identify and compare and contrast relevant theories and discuss these from a critical perspective
  • Integrate the readings and other materials from the course with the aim of providing a synthesis of the course contents in a theoretical and applied (practical) meta-perspective
Leadership and Communication:
Exam ECTS 15
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
The exam is an individual 3-days written home assignment (case report) in English, and will have the length of maximum of 15 standard pages.
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 72 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Re-Examination and make-up Examination: The exam is equal to the regular exam.
Course content and structure

The course aims to introduce a number of analytical themes and practical methods related to communication and leadership theories. The course objectives are as follows:

- to develop a conceptual framework and analytical competences in communication and leadership theories

- to develop an understanding about the intersection and relationship between communication and leadership in conceptual as well as practical terms

- to relate practically/concretely and reflexively to central concepts, themes and models in the study and application of leadership and communication in an international context.

There will be live cases with case groups during the course.

Teaching methods
In this course a number of analytical themes related to leadership and communication are presented. Students are introduced to perspectives on leadership and communication, which are related to the international communicative tasks of the company and its internal as well as external context. These include: Leadership as communication, leadership as a social construction, critical and alternative approaches to leadership, leadership in a global world, women in leadership and leadership in groups and teams. This is followed throughout the course, and concretely in the international oriented case-work that students in groups will work on during the course. The purpose is to develop a conceptual framework and analytical competences as well as relate practically/concretely and reflectively to the central concepts, themes and models in the course literature.

Two workshops with guests from the case companies are built into the progression of the course.
Student workload
Lectures / case 58 hours
Preparations 186 hours
Exam Preparations 168 hours
Total 412 hours
Expected literature

Will be published on CBSLearn before the semester begins.

Last updated on 24-06-2016