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Leadership & Change Management (E)

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Learning outcomes of course unit

The students
• Know the modern management theories and concepts.
• Can analyze and evaluate strategic issues in various business cycle phases.
• Can critically reflect questions of ethics and sustainability in normative leadership.
• Know the essential strategic and operative measures for the analysis and implementation of entrepreneurial change processes.
• Are able to critically reflect on corporate business processes, evaluate change measures and implement and control change processes within the framework of the leadership approach.
• Can apply selected instruments and techniques of change management.
• Understand the impact of industry 4.0 and digitization on change projects.

prerequisites and co-requisites

• Introduction to BWL
• Human Resources Management
• Organizational & Personnel Psychology
• Agile Project Management
• Knowledge Management
• Corporate Communications

course contents

Part A: Leadership
• Definition and characteristics of leadership
• Leadership vs. management
• Overview of leadership theories
• Historical genesis of leadership concepts
• Systemic-integrative leadership approach
• Methods: Supervision; work efficiency; work effectiveness; open space; in-depth interviews
• Leadership: Performance; leadership success; leadership efficiency; leadership effectiveness
• Environmental leadership requirements in relation to performance improvement
• The implementation of leadership approaches in organizations is discussed and reflected using case studies.

Part B: Change Management
• Definition and relevance of change management
• Change management in the context of industry 4.0 and digitization
• Organizational learning
• Lewin’s approach
• Typologies of actors in the change management process
• Change managers and change leaders
• The 8 phases after Kotter
• Success and failure factors in change management

recommended or required reading

Cawsey, T. F., Deszca, G., & Ingols, C. (2016). Organizational change: An action-oriented toolkit. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Dawson, P., & Andriopoulos, C. (2017). Managing change, creativity and innovation. London, UK: SAGE Publications.
Northhouse, P. G. (2018). Leadership: Theory and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Western, S. (2019). Leadership: A critical text. London, UK: SAGE Publications.
Western, S., & Garcia, E.-J. (2018). Global leadership perspectives: Insights and analysis. London, UK: SAGE Publications.

assessment methods and criteria

• Final presentation and
• Exposé

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planned learning activities and teaching methods

• The course is conducted with presence phases (deductive method, in which assistance is given in the learning process and knowledge is imparted via frontal lectures).
• In addition, the students will solve and present problems in group work, which will be discussed in the plenum.
• Selected exercises will be carried out to consolidate the contents of the lecture.

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name of lecturer(s)

Director of Studies

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integrated lecture

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work placement(s)

not applicable


Situm Mario
Prof. (FH) DDr. Mario Situm, MBA
Director of Studies Business Management
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