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Leadership and Organisational Change MSB203

This course is designed to develop your leadership capabilities and capacity. Acknowledging leadership as a verb (something we do - not something we are) will facilitate your critical understanding and application of leadership and organisational change theory, models and tools. You will engage in, and actively contribute to a challenge-based, future-focused learning experience built on a philosophy of co-creation of knowledge. The intention is not to present a historical and retrospective overview and analysis of leadership through the times, but to focus on a live challenge together with stakeholders from the public, private and/or third sector.

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.





Vekting (SP)


Semester undervisningsstart


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Learning outcome

On completion of this course you should meet the following learning outcomes:


  • You have a critical understanding of leadership and organisational change theory and practice;
  • You acknowledge the opportunities and responsibilities (including CRS) of leadership;
  • You have embarked on a journey defining and developing your own leadership;


  • You are solution and future-focused in your approach when addressing local, regional, national and international leadership and organisational change challenges;
  • You are better equipped to challenge status quo and contribute to new, better, ethical and sustainable solutions;
  • You are an active contributor to the co-creation of knowledge, and take responsibility for your own learning and that of other stakeholders in private, public and/or third sector;
This challenge-based, future-focused course is typically delivered as a mixture of lectures, cases, tutorials, workshops, and presentations in support of student-defined leadership challenges. There will be an emphasis on you as an active learner and co-creator of knowledge working closely with students and other stakeholders identifying and developing current leadership challenges and solutions. Typical theoretical elements included in the course are leadership as a verb; leadership as purpose; anticipation and future literacy; organisational transformation and change; change readiness; and resilience.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Eksamen / vurdering

Group work and individual report

Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Karakter Hjelpemiddel
Group work 4/10 A - F
Individual report 6/10 A - F

The mark awarded will consist of:
• Prepare and run a Leadership Challenge (40%; group mark)
• Leadership Challenge final report to key stakeholders (60%; individual mark on group report contribution)

Coursework requirements
Mandatory attendance , 100% Compulsory attendance first week of class

- 100% Compulsory attendance first week of class

- 80% attendance of all mandatory sessions from week two of classes (non-attendance authorised by qualified healthcare workers not included in this %)

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Espen Olsen
Study Program Director: Yuko Onozaka
Method of work

The course is based on principles of co-creation of knowledge and challenge-based learning in teams.

Regarding the use of video and audio during virtual, non-recorded sessions: In support of course learning outcomes and attendance requirements outlined in the course descriptor, students undertaking Leadership and Organisational Change are required to actively engage through the use of video and audio when sessions are being facilitated on virtual learning platforms for which UiS have data processor agreements (as for example Teams and Zoom). These requirements are in support of the optimal delivery of, and active learning from virtual sessions and in alignment with GDPR article 6, number 1, letter e, with supplementary legal basis in universitets- og høyskoleloven (uhl.) § 1-3, § 3-8 on education, § 4-2 on education plan and § 4-3 on the students' learning environment. These sessions will not be recorded and only registered students, course staff and invited guests (external partners) will have access to the sessions in real time.

Open for
Only open for students in the specialization Leadership in a Digital Economy on the Master of Science program in Business Administration and incoming exchange students. Max. 36 students in total.
Course assessment
Students will have the opportunity to give feedback on the course first in an early dialogue, and then in a written course evaluation at the end of the course.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Leadership and Organisational Change (MØA203) 10
The syllabus can be found in Leganto