Minor Leading people, teams, and organisations for excellence

Category
Broadening minor
Minor code
MINRSM004
Belongs to study programme

Content

The minor consist of three interrelated themes that address the core question of this course (How to encourage people to thrive and deliver excellence in organisations?) from three different angles.

The first theme focuses on how leaders can motivate, direct, and influence the behaviour of their followers. Leaders play a key role in drawing out employees’ potential. At the same time leaders can be the source of demotivation and conflict. An understanding of how leadership can help people thrive and where it can go wrong is essential for effective organisational functioning.

The second theme mainly applies this question to the area of teams. Organisations increasingly turn to teams to carry out their most vital tasks. Unfortunately, team-based work does not always accomplish more than the sum of members’ individual contributions. In this theme, we explore core issues affecting teams (e.g., composition, processes, conflict) and the challenges they present.

The third theme puts the current management of diverse workforces centre stage to explore how we can build organisations in which employees thrive and perform. Managing today’s increasingly diverse workforce presents organizations with a challenge that is both complex and potentially rewarding. This theme discusses key theories of diversity and offers insights into best practices in diversity management in order to help you realize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of diversity.

Each module combines a foundation of relevant scientific theories and research findings with a strong practical focus. This practical focus entails linking the theory to relevant cases as well as practicing and experiencing some of the concepts we discuss yourself so that you can develop your own skills.

Theme 1: Leading others

Leaders play a key role in drawing out employees’ potential. At the same time leaders can be the source of demotivation and conflict. An understanding of how leadership can help people thrive and where it can go wrong is essential for effective organisational functioning. This theme covers theory, research and practice of leadership effectiveness and basic principles of organizational behavior in general in order to generate a better understanding of the leadership process.

Theme 2: Building successful teams

Organisations increasingly turn to teams to carry out their most vital tasks. Unfortunately, team-based work does not always accomplish more than the sum of members’ individual contributions. In this theme, we explore core issues affecting teams (e.g., composition, processes, conflict) and the challenges they present. Our goal is to provide you with an in-depth understanding of how teams function and to enable you to handle team-related challenges more effectively as a team member and leader so you can realize your teams’ full potential.

Theme 3:  Managing diversity in the workplace

Managing today’s increasingly diverse workforce presents organizations with a complex challenge. On the one hand, diversity may be a source of creativity, innovation and high-quality decision making. On the other hand, diversity may cause conflict, misunderstandings, and related performance deficits. This theme discusses key theories of diversity and offers insights into best practices in diversity management in order to help you realize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of diversity.

Learning Objectives

The central purpose of this course is to give students insights into critical issues regarding leadership, team-based work, and diversity management in organisations. Specifically, after taking this course, students should be able to

  • Understand relevant topics, theories, and research on leading people and teams, and managing diversity in organisations.
  • Be able to apply these theories and research findings to analyse and address practical challenges related to leadership, teams, and diversity.
  • More confidently and successfully handle personal challenges related to leadership, team-based work, and diversity management.

Special aspects

There are no special aspects to this course in view of prerequisite knowledge, scheduling, or selection/application procedure.

All RSM minors have mandatory attendance.

Teaching methods

This course consists of interactive sessions (combining lectures with practical exercises and case discussions), assignments, and presentations.

Teaching materials

The reading for this course consist of a combination of textbook and handbook chapters, review articles, and illustrative research articles from top-tier management and psychology journals.

Examination

Method of examination
In line with the three learning goals, there are three core ways in which you will be evaluated in this course.

  • Knowledge Acquisition: To test your understanding and knowledge of the important concepts we will discuss in class, there will be an individual written test for each theme.
  • Ability to apply theory and research findings to practice: Your ability to use this knowledge to analyse and solve practical problems will be tested through a case assignment and presentation. This will be largely done in groups.
  • Personal skills development: Throughout this course, you will be asked to develop, implement, and reflect upon a personal development plan to work on one of the core skills we explore in this course. Since this is about your personal development, this is an individual work product.

Composition final grade

The final grade will be a weighted average of the aforementioned evaluation components. 

  1. Written test 1: Leading People                                   19% (individual)
  2. Written test 2: Teams & Diversity                               38% (individual)
  3. Case + case competition                                           30% (team)
  4. Individual reflection report/diary                               10% (individual)
  5. Carry the class                                                               3% (team)

To be eligible to obtain a final grade, the weighted average of both written test grades needs to be at least 4.5. There is a resit for the written tests, this is an integrated test of both written tests. The minor re-sit period for all written tests at EUR is in July.

Feedback
 

Students will be provided with feedback throughout this course; during course activities, after presentations, and at various points during their group and individual projects. Furthermore, students will be informed of the results after each written test and have the opportunity to review their answers and ask questions.

Contact information

Inga Hoever
ihoever@rsm.nl
+31 10 4082736
room: T10-47 (Mandeville Building)

Category
Broadening minor
Minor code
MINRSM004
Belongs to study programme
Organisation
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Study points (ECTS)
15
Instruction language
English
Location
Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam

Registration

Please read the application procedure for more information.