IY1440 Leadership in high-technology and knowledge-intensive organizations

Single subject course, 7,5 Higher education credits, First cycle, spring semester 2021

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The course aims to develop the student’s understanding of high-tech and knowledge-intensive organizations and their specific conditions for leadership. A further aim is to develop the student’s insight into modern leadership practices, e.g. with regards to their main principles and underlying assumptions, as well as the student’s ability to reflect upon her/his own leadership behavior and attitudes.

Facts

  • Type of instruction: Distance, mixed-time, part-time 50%
  • Application code: BTH-M5812
  • Period : 2021-March-29 until 2021-June-06
  • Education level: G1F
  • Application: Apply via universityadmissions.se
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Some or all of education and examination is held at distance.
  • No. of occasions: Mandatory: none, Voluntary: none
  • Main field of study: Industrial Economics and Management
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: Link to welcome letter from responsible teacher will be posted here no later than 3 weeks before the course begins.
  • Entry requirements: Completed courses of 30 credits in technology of which at least 6 credits in industrial economics and management.

Content

Leadership is an ability to influence a group of people towards a goal. With a focus on leadership in high-tech and knowledge-intensive organizational context, the course covers different leadership behaviors and styles, combining classical wisdom, recent research, theory and practice. The course provides the students a theoretical understanding of leadership in modern organizations, as well as practical insight into what it means to be a leader. By giving insightful feedback on each other’s actual performance, the course gives students an opportunity to look into one’s personal leadership capabilities.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
• understand basic aspects of high-tech and knowledge-intensive organizations.
• describe, discuss and synthesize relevant models and theories about leadership.
• apply knowledge about leadership theories and models in practical exercises and case studies.
Competence and skills
On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
• analyze and evaluate the role and challenges of leadership in high-tech and knowledge-intensive firms.
• develop their own leadership capacities through feedback, reflection and practice.
• evaluate leadership problems and possibilities.
Judgement and approach
On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
• Increase awareness of his/her personal leadership style.
• strengthen his/her leadership skills, e.g. interpersonal skills, team development, conflict management, communication and change skills.

Course literature and other teaching material

Leadership: James Kouzes and Barry Posner, 6th Edition (2017) The Leadership Challenge, ISBN: 9781119278962
Knowledge-intensive firms: Mats Alvesson (2004) Knowledge Work and Knowledge-Intensive Firms, ISBN: 9780199259342

Course literature and other teaching material

Leadership: James Kouzes and Barry Posner, 6th Edition (2017) The Leadership Challenge, ISBN: 9781119278962
Knowledge-intensive firms: Mats Alvesson (2004) Knowledge Work and Knowledge-Intensive Firms, ISBN: 9780199259342

Learning methods

Lecture is one of the main learning activities. Group discussions, case studies, team exercises and reflective exercises will also be used to achieve a better understanding of leadership. Moreover, students in this course will use readings, role plays, self-reflection, and feedback, to optimize their own leadership capabilities.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.

Teachers

Course Manager
  1. Martin Svensson

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.

Assessments

Grading

The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.

Exams

More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.


There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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