ME2089 Leadership in Cross-Cultural and Industrial Contexts 6.0 credits

Ledarskap i tvärkulturella och industriella kontexter

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Leadership is considered to be essential for the cooperation between people. For technology intensive organisations, it is crucial to create prerequisites to retain the the skills of all employees to best be able to meet the technical, economical and social challenges that these organisations face. The aim of the course is thus to prepare the student for the role as a leader by communicating understanding in leadership theory and by having the opportunity to exercise skills that are important for the personal leadership. The course is based on a combination of theoretical studies and practical skills development. The student will obtain an introduction to the dominating perspectives within the leadership research and specialise in selected theories within the framework of these perspectives. Focus will lie on cross-cultural and industrial contexts. Furthermore, the students will be given opportunities to reflect on the theories and apply them to understand experiences of their own and others. In the frame of the course, the student will practice leadership skills by applying chosen process exercises and active listening.

The course consists of the following parts:

  • Lectures in which central parts of the course literature are presented
  • Written assignments connected to lectures
  • Seminars where process exercises and active listening are applied
  • A take-home exam

Intended learning outcomes *

After passing the course, the students should be able to:

  1. Account for dominating perspectives within the leadership research
  2. Present and explain orally and in writing chosen theories related to leadership with specific focus on leadership in cross-cultural and industrial organisations
  3. Apply chosen leadership theories in written analysis of case studies
  4. Compare different leadership theories and demonstrate a critical reflecting approach to leadership theories
  5. Use chosen process exercises and active listening

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

ME1003 Industrial Management, basic course or ME2015/2016 Project Management: Leadership and Control or ME2063 Team Leadership and Human Resource Management completed

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Assignment, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Exam, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Compulsory attendance on certain course components.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Charlotte Holgersson

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ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study *

Industrial Management

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Charlotte Holgersson ( tel 790 67 71

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

replaces cours ME2043