Strategic Leadership and Philosophy (MHR102)
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.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.