Course description

Leadership in Organisations


Leadership is a complex issue, and as an academic field, it is persistently stimulated and challenged by inputs from practice, from marketing fads and from the re-invention of old ideas. This is a course that aims to make the students acquainted with leadership as an empirical research field with relevance to practical applications in society. The focus is on how theoretical models of leadership may be substantiated by empirical research, and how these findings may be of practical value to leadership development in organisations.

Course content

Regular lectures are interspersed with group presentations of contrasting views on leadership with the aim of creating group discussions about the ramifications of the various theories.

Learning outcome knowledge

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with the following three knowledge bases:
1. How has “leadership” been conceptualized theoretically in the social sciences, and how have these theories evolved?
2. What is the current status of empirical leadership research, with a special emphasis on:
3. What is the relationship between leadership and organisational performance?
4: How can leadership be measured?
5. What can be said about leadership development from an academic perspective? What develops and what are the possible approaches to this development?

In addition to these academic learning contents, the students will be trained to read scientific contributions in this field and apply them to issues of practical interest to the general public. Upon ending this course, they will have a basic understanding of the main methodological issues involved in undertaking research on leadership.

Exam organisation

  • Presentation: 30%
  • Written assignment: 70%