After completing this course Master Students are expected to be able to:
- Explain the concepts of entrepreneurial leadership and responsible organizational design and its associated concepts in an international business contex
- Critically reflect on complex organizational problems and processes in relation to entrepreneurial leadership, responsible organizational design and the broader (international) environment of the organization
- Critically assess how different perspectives related to entrepreneurial leadership, strategic entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and organizational culture and design contribute to long-term organizational survival
- Analyze how firms have a wider social responsibility beyond their traditional role
- Analyze and evaluate how leadership and corporate social responsibility are practised to develop and design responsible organizations
- Critically evaluate the impact of and meaning of entrepreneurial leadership, organizational design and corporate social responsibility practices in (international) business ventures and develop recommendations on the basis of state-of-the-art academic literature
- Practice project management skills and teamwork skills to plan and coordinate group assignments
This course is designed with the aim to both develop knowledge in the field of entrepreneurial leadership and entrepreneurial organizations and reflect on the role of leaders, firms and related responsibility in society.
Entrepreneurial leadership may be common sense for startups but is important for all organizations, ranging from multinational to nonprofit, for long-term survival, i.e. sustainable business. In this course, we study how entrepreneurial leadership – in other words leading the organization by encouraging for example pro-activeness and innovativeness among all employees – integrates a number of perspectives that contribute to long-term firm success. A number of questions will be center-stage during the course. First of all, what does entrepreneurial leadership entail? Second, what can we learn about leadership and strategic entrepreneurship in general? Third, leadership and organizational design entail responsibility and questions of legitimacy regarding the organization, its employees and stakeholders but also wider society. Therefore, substantial attention is devoted to studying organizational culture, corporate social responsibility and sustainability i.e. the broader embedding of firms in their (international) environment as firms have an ever-increasing role, and thus responsibility, in our societies due to: the growth of entrepreneurial activity, the shift from public to private sector, and the emergence of global enterprises. What does this ever-increasing role entail for not only the management but also our conception of the firm and sustainability? Students will study a number of perspectives, but will especially be challenged to reflect on the role of leaders, firms and related responsibility in our contemporary society.
Key words *(6-10)
Entrepreneurial leadership, , Entrepreneurial orientation, Strategic entrepreneurship, Organizational design, Organizational culture, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Circularity, Legitimation
To assess whether you reached the learning objectives and so successfully finalized this course, you have to engage in the following assessments and meet their criteria:
- Group assignments related to each (3) tutorial: students study selected academic literature and analyze empirical cases/evidence based on them .These assignments are graded with pass/fail group submission and in-class discussion.
- Group essay assignment: in groups of three to six, students analyse and critically evaluate entrepreneurial leadership, responsible organizational design and corporate responsibility of a self-selected organization and develop business recommendations on the basis of state-of-the-art academic literature and empirical evidence. (minimum grade to pass: 5.5; weight: 45% of the final grade)
Contribution to the programme learning goals (*See appendix or click here for the aims and intended learning outcomes):
- Final essay assignment: in the form of an individual essay students answer to course topics related broad questions by analyzing and critically evaluating a self-selected case and develop business recommendations on the basis of state-of-the-art academic literature and empirical evidence : (minimum grade to pass: 5.5; weight: 55% of the final grade).
- During the course, students have to read academic articles about the course topics and discuss both the theoretical and practical relevance of findings into entrepreneurial leadership and associated concepts. As such, this course supports students to gain practical and theoretical knowledge of advanced issues in business administration (goal 1.1)
- During the course students independently and critically describe, structure and analyse (goal 2.1), apply current theories, models and methods in the analysis of (goal 2.2), and draw and support reasoned conclusions of (goal 2.3) complex organisational problems and processes in relation to entrepreneurial leadership and the broader environment of the organization by writing and presenting a group assignment and writing an individual final assignment;
- By writing a group and individual assignment, students are able to evaluate how different perspectives related to entrepreneurial leadership contribute to long-term organizational survival. This supports the learning goal that students have the ability to independently set up and manage complex projects and processes within the area of specialization (goal 2.4)
- For their group assignment students have to identify and evaluate all relevant external interactions with organisational decisions (goal 3.1); systematically collect, assess and analyse information from all relevant sources using advanced means (goal 3.2); demonstrate all relevant effective individual and inter-personal skills, including learning skills (goal 3.3); give a structured presentation, both orally and in writing on their selected organization to both specialist and non-specialist audiences (goal 3.4).
- For individual assignment students have to systematically collect, assess and critically analyse information from all relevant sources using advanced means (goal 3.2); demonstrate all relevant effective individual skills, including learning skills (goal 3.3); give a structured presentation in writing on a topic in business administration to both specialist and non-specialist audiences (goal 3.4)
Assumed previous knowledge
Basic prior knowledge on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Organization Theory is desired.
|Master Business Administration||Required materials|
Recommended materials-Instructional modes
|Selected academic articles|
|Self study without assistance|
RemarkExam (40%) short academic paper (30%), short paper for general audience (30%)