This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Leadership is all about creating change - change prompted by strong will to take advantage of opportunities or adapt to internal or external terms and conditions. When applying a "free choice" perspective we emphasize on the leader as an active actor that is responsible for strategic successes as well as failures. Beside this, in the course we also apply a pragmatic view on leadership and management: The leadership and management roles will always be mixed and leaders hold limited work and personal capacities. This imply that they have to choose and prioritize in a businessenvironment flourishing with problems and challenges.
The course will also take up some of the most relevant philosophy theories for leaders, like rhetoric theory, theory about human relationships and ethics.
The course will be divided in three parts, a) leadership and management theories and roles. b) leading strategic processes, and. C) philosophy.
The first part, Leadership and management theories and roles, will focus on how leadership and management research in the past and present has perceived and normatively understood leadership and management, and how cultural differences influence their way of thinking and act. A special attention will be given to theories / tactics of influence and transformational leadership and ethical issues.
The second part, leading strategic processes, focuses on how leaders can drive strategic processes in different ways - pros and cons based on situational understanding.
The third part, philosophy, will focus on classical rhetoric, dialogue, human relationships and ethics.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:
After completing this course the student has:
  • advanced knowledge on the past and present theory and research within leadership / management and business strategy processes
  • specialized insight into philosophy theories addressing principles of dialogues and rhetoric.
  • in-depth knowledge on development of central theories and scientific methods used on leadership and management and categorizing service leadership challenges.
  • in-depth knowledge of alternative strategic processes and leader influence tactics under ethical considerations.
  • training in different approaches to service leadership and strategic business development in various international and cultural settings, with a critical eye toward businesses’ social, economic and environmental roles in the society.
  • thorough professional knowledge that can be used for new perspectives on leadership and strategic processes in a contemporary international context

After completing this course, the student can:
  • independently analyze existing leadership and strategy process theories, methods and interpretations.
  • apply theory and methods in order to lead a limited task-team and participate in working out plans for organizational strategic processes...
  • critically analyze international service business contexts and give recommendations concerning alternative strategic leadership processes.
  • Analyze and identify actual leadership styles, roles ant ethical issues according to literature and research within the field.
  • apply rhetoric principles in oral and written presentation and structure a dialogue in smaller groups.

General competence
After completing this course, the student can:
  • analyze and formulate problem statements for concerning leadership / management and strategy work, including ethical issues.
  • contribute in team-work that may lead to new thinking and innovation processes.
  • approach complex decision-making situations within service leadership in a constructive manner.
  • based on rhetorical principles, communicate and argue the results if independent work, like analyses, methodology and conclusions, to different audiences like specialists, managers and general public.
  • apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects.


Leadership and management theories and roles.
  • Leadership research in a historical perspective
  • Current leadership theoretical approaches with emphasize on power/influence, change management and transformational leadership theory.

Leading strategic processes
  • Strategic research in a historical perspective.
  • Perspectives on strategic analysis.
  • Modes of strategic processes
  • Leaders’ roles and capacity
  • Strategic leadership, challenges and obstacles
  • Decision makings

  • Classical rhetoric
  • Principles of dialogue
  • Human relation philosophy
  • Ethic theories

Required prerequisite knowledge

A university level course in organizational design and strategic management.

Recommended previous knowledge

Course in organizational design and strategic management.


Written submitted thesis and oral examination
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written submitted thesis individually or in group2/5 A - F
Oral examination3/5 A - F
1 individual or group term paper, counts 40% of total grade. Duration 4 weeks. Grading A - F.
1 individual oral exam counts 60% of total grade. Duration 20 minutes. Grading A - F.

Coursework requirements

2 thesis submissions, 1 activity (e.g. presenting a case or an article in class).
Each student must complete three assignments; two papers and one oral presentation, individually or in a group.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Tone Therese Linge , Einar Marnburg

Method of work

The course consists of three parts where each part is approximately 1/3 of the total course hours. 3-hours meetings weekly are offered weekly throughout the semester. Active student-centered learning by using cases, dialogues and presentations.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Leadership and strategy (MHR190_1) 10

Open to

Master students in the Master of Service leadership in International Business program. Master students on incoming exchange and other master students from UiS when vacant places.

Course assessment

The course will be assessed and evaluated according to the University of Stavanger' administration quality system.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 22.09.2020