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2019/2020  MA-MMBAO3027U  Reflexive Leadership

English Title
Reflexive Leadership

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 28-06-2019

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Learning objectives
To receive the grade 12, the student should
  • Describe a practical leadership challenge in their own everyday work.
  • Explicitly reflect on their own role in the challenge, in sustaining as well as potentially changing the situation
  • Describe experiments undertaken to explore and potentially change the situation.
  • Critically reflect on their own role in the outcome of these experiments, including how their own framing of the situation reflexively shapes it.
  • Describe and critically reflect on how they have challenged and developed their own understanding of the challenge during this course, using models and theories for reflection from the course literature.
Reflexive Leadership:
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. 5 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 5 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. 


The synopsis should include material from at least 2 reflective sessions evidencing challenge to and potential development of their own understanding of the challenge. 

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course consists of 3 face-to-face reflective sessions and 3 online reflective sessions / 6 sessions (a combination of face-to-face and online sessions).


Teaching format The central teaching activities in the course are the reflective sessions in small groups, working with the students’ own real life business challenges. This is supported by texts, video lectures, and a few topical plenary sessions. 
Face-to-face reflective sessions In groups of four, students work in so-called reflective teams to reflect on and help each other engage with their own, specific business challenge, and become more aware of the process of reflection. 


Online reflective sessions Between face-to-face reflective sessions, the students participate in online reflective Face-to-face reflective sessions


Online reflective sessions

The online sessions consist of asynchronous (forum based) interactions. Before each session and in the manner of the face-to-face sessions, the students are expected to upload 1/2 - 1 pre-session descriptions, indicating their current challenge and what they need to work with. Each student should calculate to spend around 30 minutes producing this pre-session description. 

During the online reflective session, each student comments and reflects upon 2 other students’ cases. The facilitator comments on all students descriptions. The session closes by all students formulating their current reflections and take-aways from the session, including formulating a relevant experiment to try out until next time, documented in the uploaded post-session action plan. 

Pre-session description: Before each session (including the first), the students upload (a maximum of) 2 pages, describing the current status of their business challenge, recent experiments or relevant contextual changes since last session. This pre-session description is further brought into the session and used for work in the reflective team. 
Post-session action plan: Following each reflective session, the student uploads another ½ page describing decided upon actions (the post-session action plan) to be taken to further explore the challenge. During the next reflective session, the results from these actions are fed into the presession description. The string of texts pre- and post-sessions thus serves as vital inputs to and outputs from the reflective team sessions along the course. No less important, the texts also acts as progressive data points for the student when preparing the written synopsis and going into the oral exam.


Description of the teaching methods
For each reflective session, each student is expected to submit a 1/2 - 1 page status description beforehand, detailing their current understanding and what needs to be worked at at the session.
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.

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 16 hours
Preparation + Exam 66,5 hours
Last updated on 28-06-2019