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2017/2018  MA-MMBAO2025U  Leadership

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Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 4 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Part Time Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Master of Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Jesper Rangvid - Department of Finance (FI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Management
Last updated on 30-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Use a variety of leadership theories to analyze practical leadership dilemmas, with specific attention to relational and contextual dimensions
  • Critically reflect upon the merits and constraints of various leadership theories and approaches
  • Reflect on one's own leadership role in specific situations, including personal abilities and preferences
  • Explore practical leadership possibilities through reflection and experimentation in practice, thereby connecting strategic orientations and interpersonal interactions
Exam ECTS 4
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Summer and Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

In everyday operations, as well as in changes and transitions, leadership is a central element. Through leadership, direction established, followership is mobilized, and progress achieved and monitored. The popular distinction between management and leadership differentiates between routine operations and changes, and is at times interpreted as if these are two very different roles, perhaps enacted by different individuals. This, however, is highly debatable. Change without attention to detail and without knowledge of what is changing rarely succeeds, and everyday operation demands constant adjustment and development, to be effective.


Not least in the contemporary turbulent business environment, the ability to reflexively orient oneself in relation to the situation and context is critical for successful mobilization of various resources, to move the organizational agenda forward. As part of the leadership process, the practical process of strategizing concerns the ongoing negotiation and development of a viable direction for collective action.


In this course, the concept of leadership will be explored from a variety of perspective. Rather than proposing a single understanding of leadership, we will orient ourself in, and apply a wide range of approaches, on a theoretical as well as a practical level. The course is designed to develop your leadership capacities by engaging with practical challenges, but also to widen your understanding of the phenomenon of leadership on a theoretical level, facilitating navigation in a constant stream of leadership fads.



Teaching methods
The course has diverse teaching methods using lectures, cases, readings, and discussions. The class meetings are interactive and require ongoing engagement of the students.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is given to the student together with the grade when written and oral exams have been evaluated.
Student workload
Lectures 40 hours
Preparation + Exam 70 hours
Last updated on 30-06-2017