At the end of the course, students have knowledge about and insight into:
- Theories and models about leadership and followership
- Theories and models about organizational change
- The relationship between leadership and organizational change
At the end of the course, students are able:
- to analyze cases and apply the appropriate theories/models about leadership and organizational change on these cases.
- to analyze and evaluate a leadership or change case based on the taught models.
Relationship with EST labour market (Intended Learning Outcomes [ILO’s] as described in the EST programme specific appendix of the EER):
- This course contributes strongly to: Domain expertise, Research competence, Academic reflection
- This course assesses the following ILO's in some way (can include formal/informal, formative/summative, peer/expert): Domain orientation, Research competence, Academic reflection.
This course consists of a series of five lectures and three working sessions. The course deals with different theoretical perspectives and research approaches in the fields of leadership and organizational change. Both leadership and organizational change are of critical importance to the functioning of organizations. Leadership is important, for example, in setting/guiding organizations’ policy and practice and in influencing the well-being and professional development of employees. Moreover, organizational change is (or can be) required, for example, to keep track of technological innovations, implement new policy/regulations (e.g., budget cuts, environmental demands), and to improve the functioning of the organization. Of course, attention will also be paid to the relation between leadership and organizational change, as leadership plays an active role in achieving organizational change. Examples of concepts that will be covered in this course are: transformational leadership, distributed leadership, organizational routines, and organizational learning. Moreover, we will pay attention to leadership and change hypes, and discuss the (non)sense of such hypes.
To assess whether the goals and objectives are met, two components are used: a written exam with open and closed ended questions, and a group assignment (writing a short paper). Each component counts towards 50% of the final grade. In addition, both components need to be graded with a 5.0 or more, with an average grade of at least 5.5
Relationship with technology:
- It is attempted that at least one of the working sessions relates to the role of technology in organizational change.
- Students may choose to write their assignment about a technology-related topic.