Netherlands, Maastricht

Leadership and Management in a Global World

when 25 July 2016 - 11 August 2016
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 900

The course is about leadership, strategy and change in a global business context. It confronts students with strategic business issues of today with the aim to develop business knowledge and to improve leadership skills to deal with these issues in a more effective and creative way. In the global context companies are confronted with business issues such as increasing speed of innovation, cultural diversity, need for differentiation, increasing competition, rising energy costs and stricter regulations on CO2 emissions, etc. These issues are not isolated. They are connected to a world of rapidly changing technological, political, economic, and environmental developments. To deal with these issues more effectively it is important to understand the logic of the business industry or sector. An industry such as pharmaceutical or health care is organized differently than for example the airline industry or the automotive industry. Some industries are more local, and the role of government differs. We must have an eye for diversity and complexity behind industry and company logic. So understanding the business logic at hand is important, but it is not enough. If we want to create a better world for ourselves and our children, we should think more in terms of leadership and change. We will introduce examples of leadership that changed the rules of the game in an industry, such as Herb Kelleher’s low cost carrier business model in the US; or Devi Shetty’s ambition of "Healthcare with dignity" in India; or Bas Bloem’s initiative in participative healthcare in the Netherlands. In line with Jim Collins’ thinking about "Level V leadership" (or "servant leadership" of Robert Greenleaf) we think that this type of leadership is not about charisma or personal characteristics, but about personal dedication to a goal or vision far beyond personal interests. This type of leadership is embedded ‘in context’. This implies that leadership is not a personal characteristic but a part of a relationship among people in a community, where qualities like trust, playfulness, and creativity are involved. The case studies form an input to reflect on personal leadership issues. Also a Fieldtrip will be part of the course. Students are invited to share and discuss their personal sources of inspirations.

Course leader

Kees van den Homberg

Target group

Introduction to micro-economics. Basic knowledge of business administration, organization, strategy and finance. Interest in organizational strategy, change, psychology and global developments.

Course aim

By the end of this course students are able: ▪ To understand what leadership means in their personal life and in business. ▪ To describe and discuss leadership as a ‘sensitizing concept’; related to different leadership theories ▪ To show and explain that leadership is not a phenomenon on itself, but is always ‘in context’ ▪ To explain why leadership is an often missing, but necessary element in business practice and is strongly related to strategy and change management ▪ To integrate leadership issues in business case studies dealing with strategy and change in industries and business companies ▪ To contribute to leadership issues (business and/or personal related) as presented and discussed in class ▪ To understand that leadership is part of a relationship between people where feelings of fear and trust play a role ▪ To discuss what leadership means for you in personal life and business. ▪ To participate in dialogues in order to investigate problems with an open mind. ▪ To connect leadership with personal awareness and growth; and speak in public about personal issues and relate these issues to personals contexts like ‘comfort zone’, ‘ learning zone’ and/or ‘panic zone’.

Fee info

EUR 900: Course fee only.


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