Organizational Behavior (Bachelor level)
Individuals spend most of their time in organizations - in schools, hobby clubs, various communities and, naturally, in workplaces. The objective of the course is to provide you with an understanding of the basic principles of human behaviour, and of how and why individuals behave the way they do in organizations. The course acquaints you with the knowledge of effective people management and you learn about theories and concepts that help you in managing effectively your relationships with colleagues, managers, subordinates and customers. The course provides the foundation for the module 'Managing People'. After completion of the course students know current leadership theories, organizational culture, team management, motivation theories, conflict as well communication strategies and get an idea how to apply the models and theories to organizational situations. The goal is to see organizations in their full complexity and understand how to manage and lead them.
Leading Responsibly (MBA)
The aim of this course is to help students carving out their own values and define their role as a future leader. Students learn the fundamentals of how to cope with the multifunctional and multidimensional problems of leadership in and of an organization. This is achieved by exercises and discussions on topics that help students to reflect on where they want to go with their lives, what their values, beliefs and attitudes are, how they intend to cope with leadership dilemmas, and elaborating on what is motivating them, both extrinsically and intrinsically, and which path in their life might be best to maximally unfold their potential and utilize their capabilities.
In addition we focus on what constitutes good and effective leadership, analyze leadership processes and interaction between leaders and employees and examine ethical aspects of leadership.
Leading Organizational Change (Master level)
The process of managing organizational change is one of the key endeavor that is in the core of organizational leadership and effective management of people. In spite of the long history of introducing organizational change initiatives, there is
little indication that these initiatives lead to success and are sustained over time.
This course focuses on key tasks in leading change processes in organizations with the aim of providing an understanding of how change is achieved in different organizational settings and change situations. During the course we will examine how people in front line, as well as in different management levels, participate and produce change, and connect with others to create change. Specific topics include models and frameworks for analyzing and diagnosing change; the role of the change agent, leading change from the top, bottom up change specific
interventions; strategies of change; a justice perspective on organisational change; and understanding recipients reactions to change.