Minor Leading People, Teams, and Organizations for Excellence

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10 weeks
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Leading People for Excellence


The minor consists of three interrelated themes that address the core question of this course (How to encourage people to thrive and deliver excellence in organizations?) 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 organizational functioning.

The second theme mainly applies this question to the area of teams. Organizations 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 organizations 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.

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 organizations. 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 organizations.
  • 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.
The minor is in English. All literature, class sessions, and course activities will be conducted in English.

Teaching methods

This course consists of a combination of self-study (including both reading of relevant literature and short, pre-recorded lectures) and interactive sessions (combining lectures with practical exercises, case discussions, and simulations). Moreover, assignments and presentations encourage students to apply the content to their own practice as leaders and team members as well as to practical examples and problems in organizations.

Teaching materials

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


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 following evaluation components. 

  1. Written test 1: Foundations and Teams                  20% (individual)
  2. Written test 2: Leadership & Diversity                    30% (individual)
  3. Case writing assignment                                         30% (team)
  4. Individual reflection report/diary                            15% (individual)
  5. Carry the class                                                          5% (team)

To be eligible to obtain a final grade, the weighted average of both written test grades needs to be at least 4.5.  To pass this minor the final grade must be at least 5.5. 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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Contact information

Inga Hoever
+31 10 4082736
room: T10-47 (Mandeville Building)

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Broadening minor
Minor code
10 weeks
Belongs to study programme
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Study points (EC)
Instruction language
Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam


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