Leadership in Organizations: People as Key to Excellence

With the increased attention for motivation, innovation, social responsible organising, and talent management, people have become the key factor for modern organizations. Discover key principles of what drives behavior in organizations and the what, when and how of good leadership

Name of the minor Leadership in Organizations: People as key to excellence
Code MINRSM004
Language English
Coordinationg institution: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM); Department of Organization and Personnel Managemen
Other programs that contribute to the minor: not applicable
Access: See admission matrix

Content

Although organizations can take many forms, all organizations have in common that they consist of people. It is increasingly clear that both the success of an organization as well as its ability to differentiate itself positively from its competitors largely depend on the management of its people. The objective of this course is to increase students’ understanding of what drives the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. A second objective is to give an overview of the implications of these issues for leading individuals and groups in organizations. Thus, in this course we cover various principles from the fields of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organizational Behavior (OB) that are important for managers and consultants who deal with HR issues. Besides a theoretical approach to these issues, much attention will be focused on the practical applications of the theory and how theory can help to lead people in organizations in a more effective way. Topics to be covered include: leadership and motivation, emotions, job attitudes, diversity, personnel management in theory and practice, work in and with groups, talent management, etc.

Entry Requirements

This minor is specifically targeted at non-RSM students. RSM students cannot follow this minor. No previous knowledge on business administration or organizational psychology is necessary.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the main theories and topics in the fields of OB/HR and leadership
  • Be able to apply these theories to challenges that organizations nowadays face

Organisation

The minor consists of three modules of 5 ECTS each. The first module consists mainly of lectures and interactive sessions on organizational psychology literature supplemented with case studies from practice. The second module focuses on the main theories of leadership in organizations. The third module has a strong practical character as student will need to apply what they have learned in Modules 1 and 2 by writing a comprehensive research paper. 

  

Module 1:  Motivate and collaborate with people in organizations  (5 ECTS)

As all organizations consist of people the first goal of this module is to enhance students’ understanding of behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. The second goal is to provide an overview of the implications of these issues for Human Resource Management. Examples of topics that are covered in this module include: Job satisfaction, Motivation, Decision-making and group information processing, Conflict and negotiation, Selection, and Culture and diversity. Note though that adjustments to the content of the module may occur.

Teaching Module 1:

This module consists of lectures, assignments, interactive elements (such as in-class discussions or exercises), and student presentations.

Literature Module 1:

Book:
Robbins, S.P., Judge, T.A., & Campbell, T.C. (2010). Organizational Behaviour. New Jersey: Pearson; ISBN: 978-0273719397

Additional readings (such as academic papers):
To be announced.

Contact hours Module 1:

The module consists of plenary lectures (2 times 3 hours per week)

Module 2:  Leadership for performance and motivation  (5 ECTS)

Leadership has a key role when it comes to getting the best out of people for optimal performance. At the same time leaders can also be the source of demotivation and conflict. An understanding of how leadership can help people to get the best out of themselves and where it can go wrong is essential for the optimal functioning of organizations. This module handles theory, research and practice of leadership effectiveness in order to get a better understanding of the leadership process. Examples of topics that are covered in this module include: History of leadership research; Gender, followership and leadership; Visions and transformational leadership; Authentic leadership; Ethical & Servant leadership; Leadership in interaction with the environment (Situational leadership, path-goal theory, LMX, Empowering leadership). Note though that adjustments to the content of the module may occur.

Teaching methods Module2:

This module consists of lectures, assignments, interactive elements (such as in-class discussions or exercises), and student presentations.

Literature Module 2:

Book:
Northouse, P.G. (2015). Leadership: Theory and Practice. 7th Edition. Sage Publications; ISBN: 978-1506311166

Additional readings (such as academic papers):
To be announced.

Contact hours Module 2:

The module consists of plenary lectures (2 times 3 hours per week)

Module 3 = Demonstrating your knowledge in Leadership Research (5 ECTS)

In this module students will be asked to demonstrate what they have learned in Modules 1 and 2 by discussing, writing and presenting their ideas related to leadership effectiveness. The goal is for students to a) help each other understand and reflect on important issues related to leadership effectiveness and b) to improve their knowledge by receiving coaching and feedback (both from their peers and the lecturer). The basis for the tutorials and interactive sessions in this module will be a paper to be written by students.

Teaching methods Module 3:

This module consists of tutorials, assignments, and interactive elements (such as in-class discussions or exercises).

Literature Module 3:

Book:
No textbook required for this module.

Additional readings (such as academic papers):
To be announced.

Contact hours Module 3:

The module consists of plenary lectures (2 times 3 hours per week)

Communication: Blackboard will be used to communicate with students.

Maximum number of participants: not applicable

Minimum number of participants: 10 

Examination

Each module will be examined separately. The evaluation of students’ performance will be based on both individual and group assignments. Note that the weighting of the single assessment components as outlined below may be adjusted (the course manual will contain the definite weighting of assessments).

  • Modules 1 and 2: Course assignments, presentations, and written exam with multiple choice questions.

1. Lecture assignments (cases and presentations in groups) 10 %
2. Team written reports/ papers (group assignment)           25 %
3. Team presentations (group assignment)                       15 %
4. Multiple choice exams (individual)                              50 %

  • Module 3: Assignments, in-class participation, and presentations.

1. Lecture assignments (peer feedback, in-class participation)    25 %
2. Team written reports/ papers (group assignment)                 60 %
3. Team presentations (group assignment)                             15 %

The final grade is a weighted average of the grades for the three modules. For an individual module has to be removed at least a 5.0. For students who have a module improperly sealed a resit opportunity will be offered.

Feedback

After an exam, students may request to look at their exam to better understand the grade they received and to get feedback on the grading. 

Contact information

Contact person:

Dr. Shira Mor 
mor@remove-this.rsm.nl 
Phone: (010) 408 2938
Room: T08-30

Faculty website:

Minorwebsite RSM


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