Denmark, Aarhus

Organizational Behaviour, Business Narratives and Leadership

when 24 July 2017 - 4 August 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 340

This course proposes a framework for understanding organizational behaviour as arising from a shared understanding of facts that suggests a coherent vision for the future. Within this framework, leadership is understood as creating a vision by means of future-oriented narratives.

In this course students are first of all confronted with decision theories from various disciplines including economics, sociology and group psychoanalysis, as well as with the peculiarities of organizational decision-making by means of the Garbage Can Model of organizational choice. These insights lead to the conceptual core of this course, which consists of understanding collective decision-making as arising out of creating a coherent, shared picture of reality. This core is subsequently developed into patterns and templates for constructing narratives that create coherence between a shared understanding of the past and a vision for the future.

Leadership is understood as a collective enterprise. Among various concepts of leadership, those where unobtrusive leaders intervene at crucial points of organizational life are suggested to be the most effective, durable, and less prone to irrational drifts.

A lot of practical examples are discussed, with lots of details. Practical details are a hallmark of this course and, since the details of business life are not always available, films are eventually used to illustrate concepts in fictional but realistic business environments. Furthermore, computer simulations are employed to illustrate and practice organizational decision-making (no programming ability is required).

Course leader

Guido Fioretti

Target group

Master's level

Fee info

EUR 340: Any student with a preapproval from a Danish Institution or a nomination from an International Partner: No Fee

EU/EEA students without a preapproval or nomination: 340 EUR

NON-EU/EEA students without a preapproval or nomination: 850 EUR

Books, course materials, social programme, and housing are not included in the fee.