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2019/2020  MA-MMBAO3025U  Contemporary Leadership Theories and Practices

English Title
Contemporary Leadership Theories and Practices

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 3 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
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 24-09-2019

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Learning objectives
At the end of the course, the participant should be able to:
  • use a variety of leadership theories to analyze practical leadership dilemmas, with specific attention to relational and contextual dimensions,
  • critically reflect on 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.
Contemporary Leadership Theories and Practices:
Exam ECTS 3
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-point grading 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
A written case assignment based on a case or a subject chosen by the teacher. The assignment must be formulated and given to the students at least nine days prior to the expiration of the deadline. It should be 10 pages long and submitted to CBS Digital Exam. The exam is held internally, and the assignment is put forward and assessed by the relevant faculty.

Alternative examination format: The make-up/re-examination will be held as an oral examination 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.
Description of the exam procedure

Oral exam based on a written synopsis. 


Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

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.

Description of the teaching methods
The course is structured in 10 sessions, where each session is focusing on a specific topic.
Feedback during the teaching period
The Feedback
Feedback is given to the student together with the grade when written and oral exams have been evaluated.
Half way through the course you have the possibility of handing in a preliminary version of the leadership challenge, along with preliminary analysis, reflection, and actions tried (maximum 5 pages), and get teacher feedback on this. The hand-in and feedback process is managed through Learn.

The evaluation
At the evaluation unit at CBS’s Economic & Analysis department we ask you to evaluate the overall course. In other words if there has been exercise classes and lectures the evaluation should include both. We evaluate every course and faculty to secure and strengthen the professional level of the offered course.

Student workload
Lectures 32 hours
Preparation + Exam 78 hours
Expected literature

Syllabus will be available, well in time, before the first session.

Last updated on 24-09-2019