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Case Studies on Leadership and

Change

Module guide 2016 - 2017


International Business School
Author(s) M. Rusthoven, E. Kuijper, V. Cabral

Programme Manager John Sterk Director IBMS and TMA


Wil Hazelhof Director IBL

Module ID

Academic Year 2016 - 2017

EC 5

Contact hours 3

Course site https://dlwo.dem.hva.nl

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Contents

1. Module overview 4
1.1 Content .............................................................................................................. 4
1.2 Learning goals.................................................................................................... 4
1.3 Coherence with other modules ......................................................................... 4
1.4 Study materials & recommended further reading ............................................ 5
1.5 Questions and who to contact .......................................................................... 5

2. Set-up of this module 5


2.1 Teaching methodology ...................................................................................... 5
2.2 Assignments ...................................................................................................... 5
2.3 Exams................................................................................................................. 6
2.4 Assessment ........................................................................................................ 7
2.5 Resit ................................................................................................................... 7
2.6 General regulations ........................................................................................... 7
2.7 Lesson plan ........................................................................................................ 8

Appendix 1: Relationship with your programmes profile competencies 9

Appendix 2: Assessment model(s) 10

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1. Module overview
This guide gives you an overview of Case Studies on Leadership and Change. More detailed information
can be found on DLWO. (https://dlwo.dem.hva.nl)

1.1 Content

In this course the key issues and concepts of leadership and change will be introduced and applied to
real-life business situations, both in classroom and project settings.

The leadership theme will cover different leadership theories and styles and in the course you will also
look at how companies cope with issues regarding effective leadership. You will also have debates in
which you will have to defend your point of view regarding a certain leadership topic. Both the
theorectical part and in-class discussions will serve as an input for the group research paper.

In the topic change the focus will be on the deepening of your understanding of the dynamics of
strategic change and its implications both on the corporate as well as operational level. Different cases
will be presented in which you will have to assess and judge various approaches to change
management.

1.2 Learning goals

# You can:
1. Distinguish various leadership styles from theory and best practices.
2. Assess the organisational context and recommend an effective leadership approach.
Argue the suitability of a chosen leadership style in a specific cultural setting or diverse
3.
workplace.
4. Recognize the dynamics of strategic change in different contexts.
5. Judge different approaches to managing change for a certain case.

Appendix 1 defines the relationship of the learning goals within this module with your programmes
profile competences.

1.3 Coherence with other modules

The course serves as a follow up to the introductory course of Management and Human Resource
Management. Leadership concepts which were introduced in the Introduction to Management
module will be discussed more thoroughly and applied to best practices. A further focus will be placed
on the role of human resources in the processes of effective leadership and organizational change.
Moreover, when preparing the assignment, the students will utilize their research skills. The topics of
leadership and change management are also closely connected to the other disciplines in the OLC
minor, for example, contemporary topics in organizational behavior, international strategy and
organization.

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1.4 Study materials & recommended further reading

Required study materials:

Study books
Title Author(s) Publisher Year Editio ISBN
n
W. Glenn Rowe, Sage 2016 4th 978-1-
Cases in Leadership Laura Guerrero Edition 4833-8326-
2
T. G. Cummings, Cengage 2015 10th 978-1-
Managing Change
C.G. Worley Edition 4737-5387-
(customized edition)
7

1.5 Questions and who to contact

Questions about the modules content and study materials can be addressed to your lecturer(s) during
the lessons. The consultation hours of the individual lecturers as well as their office location can be
found in the lecturers profile on the DLWO.

2. Set-up of this module


2.1 Teaching methodology

The course takes place on a weekly basis and each class is 3 academic hours. You are required to
prepare both cases and the relevant theory prior to each class. Each class consists of the mixture of
lectures, group discussions and in class exercises. Some in class discussions are about topics of culture
& leadership, ethical leadership and women in leadership.

2.2 Assignments

Group research paper 40%

One of the assessement methods in this module will be a group research paper.

1- Select two people in your own network with a managerial function at an international
company or a foreign person at a national company (supervising a mimumum of 5 employees).
2- Interview these people face-to-face and record it (Core questions/themes will be provided).
3- Summarize the interviews.
4- Select and argue which leadership approach fits with these people and compare the two based
on the interview findings and the theory discussed in class.
5- In your group paper, make sure to refer to the theory discussed in class as well as additional
sources.

The following criteria apply:

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This paper is due in week 12 of the semester.
The group size will be decided by the lecturer (4-6 students)
The length of the paper is set at 5 pages (excluding table of contents, references and appendix)
The weight of the grade is 40% of the final grade for the module

The efforts of each individual group member are assessed through peerassessment. To
prevent/minimize free-riding, the lecturer also monitors the team work of each group by having a
regular talk with each group. If a student is freeriding, please notify the lecturer to address the issue
as soon as possible and not after the assignments or grades have been submitted. The grade for the
case and research assignments is based on the quality of the work that has been handed in as well as
on the peer assessment. This will be discussed in more detail in class.

The assessment model(s) for the assignment(s) can be found in Appendix 2.

2.3 Exams

Individual written exam 60%

A case-based central written exam will take place at the end of the semester. The exam will be
scheduled in the central exam period. The material to be studied for the exam can be found in section
2.7. The exam will cover all topics and readings of this module. The weight of this written exam is 60%
of the total grade for the course.

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2.4 Assessment

The assessment methods used in this module are summarised below. The table also shows how the
grade for this module will be calculated.

Learnin
g goal(s) Weight
# Description Form # Lecture week (%)
1 Group research paper Written/dec 1-3
12 40%
entral
2 Individual written exam Written/cent 1-5 Exam period 60%
ral
100%

2.5 Resit

If the average grade obtained for this module is below 5.5 you must do a resit. Which resit(s) you must
do depends on which part(s) is/were insufficient. The different situations are illustrated in the table
below.

Situation: The resit will Your average module The


consitst of the grade after resit will resit(s)
following test(s): be calculated using will be
the following schedule
weights: d in:
1 Average grade for the whole module No resit needed N.A. N.A.
5.5
2 Average grade for the whole module < Written individual Allocated
5.5 exam/central SEM resit
Group research period
paper cannot be (will be
resat in the same filled in
semester by O&K)

2.6 General regulations

1 You are required to prepare for lessons. If you come to class unprepared, the lecturer has the right
to deny you access to the lesson. What is requested of you in terms of lesson preparation is stated
below and/ or on the DLWO for this module.

2 You must bring a laptop to school for each class. It is your responsibility to make sure that the
battery lasts throughout each lesson. If you fail to bring a laptop to class and/or if the battery does
not last throughout class, this is regarded as not being prepared. A lecturer then has the right to
deny you (further) access to that lesson.
3 The assignments will not be graded if the level of English is inadequate. If that is the case, you have
to hand in your assignment again in the appointed resit period.
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2.7 Lesson plan

Lecture Preparation Lesson


week
Ch. 1 Cases in Leadership Introduction to the course. What is
1
leadership?
Ch. 5, 7 Cases in Leadership Situational approach to leadership and
2
Transformational leadership
3 Ch. 14, 15 Cases in Leadership Ethical leadership and Culture in Leadership
Ch. 8, 9 Cases in Leadership Servant leadership and Authentic
4
leadership
5 Ch. 11,12 Cases in Leadership Team leadership and Strategic leadership
6 Group paper drafts/prepare questions Group paper consultation session
7 Ch. 2, 8 Managing Change Nature of Change, Managing Change
Ch. 18 Managing Change Strategic Change Interventions
8
(Transformational)
Ch. 6, 13 Cases in Leadership Leader-Member Exchange
9
Women in Leadership

Ch. 19 Managing Change Strategic Change Interventions (Continuous


10
change)
Ch 21, 22 Managing Change Special Applications of Organization
Development (Sustainable Management
11
Organizations, Global Social Change, OD in
Non-Industrial settings)
12 Group research paper due
13/14 Central exam

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Appendix 1: Relationship with your programmes profile
competencies
# You can:
1. Distinguish various leadership styles from theory and best practices.
2. Assess the organisational context and recommend an effective leadership approach.
Argue the suitability of a chosen leadership style in a specific cultural setting or diverse
3.
workplace.
4. Recognize the dynamics of strategic change in different contexts.
5. Judge different approaches to managing change for a certain case.

LG IBMS Profile Competencies Level


II.4 Business Processes & Change Management; III.9 Int. Human Resource 3
1.
Management
II.4 Business Processes & Change Management; III.9 Int. Human Resource 3
2.
Management, V.4 Business Research Methods
I2. International Business Competency, V1. Leadership, III.9 Int. Human Resource 3
3.
Management
4. II.3 Int. Strategic Vision Development, II.4 Business Processes & Change Management 3
II.4 Business Processes & Change Management; II.4 Business Processes & Change 3
Management, V.4 Business Research Methods

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Appendix 2: Assessment models
Essay or research paper assignment
Criteria Unacceptable Acceptable Good Excellent
<5.5 5.5 to 6.9 7.0 to 8.5 8.6 to 10
Content and Essay/paper does The statement The statement is In addition to good,
organization not meet basic shows clearly clear, but also the essay is highly
(60%) requirements. The what essay is provocative and original and shows
paper about. Essay has original. Analysis creative thinking in
statement/position adequate shows depth, approaching the
is unclear, argumentation, draws out the modules material.
unfounded, but analysis is relation between The answers excel in
unidentified. superficial and the material organization and
Analysis is based solely on discussed in the presentation of ideas,
inadequate. No news articles. On module (cases, or perhaps address
application of the the low end, reading/theory). other important issues
reading material. insight from the Essay shows or implications beyond
Essay is poorly reading material insightful (but related to) the
focused and lacks (theory) is poorly conclusions. module material.
structural applied. On the Good use of Excellent application
organization. high end, insights theory, although of theory.
may be applied perhaps with
but superficially. mistakes in
Generally, shows application.
limited
application of
theory.
Clarity and Writing is poor and Frequent errors in Some minor Very well written,
Mechanics answers contain writing, e.g. errors, but essentially error free.
(15%) many errors in spelling, generally well Writing style is
spelling, grammar, grammar, written. Errors do smooth and
and/or sentence sentence not interfere with establishes a sound
structure that structure, which legibility or argument. The reader
make following the interfere with comprehensibility can easily follow the
logic of the answer comprehensibility . writers logic.
extremely difficult. .
Essay does not Writing does not
meet the minimum flow smoothly
word or page from point to
count. point; lacks
appropriate
transitions. Essay
exceeds the
maximum word
count by +10%.
References and Includes no Limited use of Incorporates Uses convincing
support (25%) references or additional good examples examples to support
supporting examples or use and references arguments and draws
examples. No of irrelevant from additional on relevant and
bibliography. examples. Draws and reliable reliable additional
on limited sources beyond sources.
additional the module
sources beyond reading/material.
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the module
reading/material.

Peer Evaluation Form for Group Work

For each person, indicate the extent to which you agree with the statement on the left, using a scale
of 1-4 (1=strongly disagree; 2=disagree; 3=agree; 4=strongly agree). Total the numbers in each
column.

Evaluation Criteria Group member: Group member: Group member:

Attends group meetings regularly and arrives


on time.

Contributes meaningfully to group


discussions.

Completes group assignments on time.

Prepares work in a quality manner.

Demonstrates a cooperative and supportive


attitude.

Contributes significantly to the success of the


project.

Feedback on team dynamics:

How effectively did your group work?

Were the behaviors of any of your team members particularly valuable or detrimental to the team?
Explain.

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