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Business Administration Ma, Effective Leadership and Business Ethics, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: FÖ008A
Subject/Main field: Företagsekonomi
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Department of Business, Economics and Law
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/30/2006
Date of change: 5/22/2013
Version valid from: 8/30/2013


The aim of the course is to stimulate to a reflective and critical approach to theories and practical applications within leadership and business ethics, particularly when it comes to the links between leadership and concepts like organizational culture, performance and change.

Course objectives

After having gone through the course the student should be able to
- Define and explain central concepts within leadership and business ethics
- Independently discuss and critically evaluate leadership and business ethics in a multi-dimensional environment and to understand the links between leadership, performance and organizational change
- Analyze, distinguish, and formulate business administrational problems and independently gather and deal with material from formulated issues regarding leadership, performance and organizational change
- Independently delineate, design, and work out a written task with relevance for theory and issue and using business administrational methods
- Independently accomplish an opposition, actively and independently contribute in seminar discussions, and present articles and own work


The course deals partly with classical and contemporary leadership theories, partly with contemporary knowledge about what leaders/managers really do. Particular attention is directed to the practical application of the theories. In addition to this the course deals with theories about business ethics and their importance for leaders/managers and co-workers.

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor (180 Credits) with 90 Credits in Business Administration or corresponding education.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The core topics of the course will be covered by lectures, literature seminars, and different kinds of exercises. When appropriate guest lecturers will be invited. Certain parts of the lectures and seminars might be compulsory.

Examination form

The course content will be examined by an individual exam and by individual and group-wise written tasks and seminars.

Grading system

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Yukl, Gary, Leadership in Organizations, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Pearson Inc, 2010, 7th edition (Global edition), 978-0-13-815714-2

Reference literature

Fisher, C., Lovell, A., Business Ethics and Values, Pearson Edu. England, Second edition 2006


Selection of readings.