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Power and Leadership

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  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits:
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2019-2020, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
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Objectives

Objectives

The goal of this course is to foster students’ understanding of power and leadership, two concepts that dominate hierarchical relationship in the workplace. This course intends to provide students with strong theoretical knowledge and to give them opportunities to train key leadership skills.

Because the course requires an active participation and the creation of groups from the 2nd week onwards, you are required to confirm your participation in the class as soon as possible.

Contents

The course focuses on how people behave in hierarchical relationships. We will discuss how a person obtains power in a group and how a person who has power interacts with others. The course consists of knowledge transmission of empirical and theoretical work on power and leadership and of leadership skills development. Active participation of students in class is mandatory and by participating in this course, students agree on performing in front of the class, being videotaped, and receiving individualized feedback from the group.

Knowledge transmission will focus on questions such as how hierarchies are created, how leaders emerge, or what are the effects of power. In addition, we will cover practical leadership questions such as how to manage conflicts within a team, how to be persuasive or how to lead in a digital world. Knowledge transmission will be achieved by 3 means: (1) weekly readings and discussions led by students and moderated by the instructor in so-called tutoring sessions, (2) presentations of empirical evidence and case studies by the instructor in so-called master classes and (3) a group project on a theme related to leadership and power.

Personal development will focus on training key leadership skills such as persuasion and public speaking, managing conflicts, time and resource management, and avoiding biases. Leadership skills development will be achieved via: (1) workshops and role-plays, (2) pitch training, and (3) feedback and self-reflection on you own leadership skills and development.

References

Reading list will be provided in the course.

Pre-requisites

Bachelor in Management or equivalent

Evaluation

First attempt

Exam:
Without exam (cf. terms)  
Evaluation:

The final grade will be the average of the 4 grades obtained during the class, weighted according to the percentages in parentheses:

  1. Individual grade obtained for the Presentation of articles and the participation in the class discussions (30%)
  2. Individual grade for the Pitch Training (20%)
  3. Group grade obtained for the Project Presentation and literature review (30%)
  4. Individual grade obtained for an essay (20%)

Retake

Exam:
Oral 0h15 minutes
Documentation:
Not allowed
Calculator:
Not allowed
Evaluation:

Oral exam of 15 minutes on the course content. Students will be asked different questions concerning the course content. The course material cannot be consulted during the exam and the questions will not be communicated before the exam starts. The grade of the retake exam will count for 100% of the final grade.



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