Seminar: Leadership and Project Management

Course content

The aim is to discuss contemporary theories and tools within leadership and Project Management in business firms and public sector organizations. Leadership is the general and comprehensive field. Project Management is a sub-discipline dealing with management of projects. A project is a complex, non-routine task with specific time, cost and performance requirements. Most organizations work with projects as part of their activity. 


MSc programme of Economics
The seminar is primary for students at the MSc of Economics

Learning outcome

Each student will write a paper on a theory, perspective or tool within the field of leadership/ Project Management. The paper may be based on the relevant chapter(s) in the book(s) mentioned below plus original literature. A case may also be included. Examples of themes for seminar papers are:

  • The nature of managerial work
  • Managerial traits and skills; men and women as leaders
  • Effective leadership behavior; cross cultural leadership
  • Power and influence; delegation and empowerment
  • Charismatic and transformational leadership; leading change
  • Ethical, spiritual and authentic Leadership
  • Project- and matrix organization; strategy and project selection
  • Project planning; scheduling resources and costs; managing risks
  • Progress/ performance measurement and evaluation
  • Managing teams, interpersonal relations and decisions


Each keyword may be point of departure for more than one student paper. 

Each student writes a seminar paper with a clear research question, a coherent and systematic analysis based on relevant theory/data/literature and with a well-founded conclusion, cf. the academic aims for seminars. The teacher will give students oral and/or written critical feedback both on their proposed research question, choice of literature, manuscripts and draft seminar paper so as to enable and motivate students to fulfill the academic aims as far as possible. The opponents’, other participants’ and the teacher’s critical evaluation of the class version of the seminar paper also contribute to student learning which is further promoted by the other students’ seminar papers, their oral presentations and discussions in the class.

The point of departure for themes in the seminar will be one or both of these two excellent books:

  • Gary Yukl: Leadership in Organizations. Pearson Education. New Jersey. 7 edition 2010 or 8 edition 2012. (Global Edition). ISBN-13: 978-0-13-815714-2
  • Erik W. Larson & Clifford F. Gray: Project Management: The Managerial Process. Fifth Edition. McGraw-Hill International Edition. New York 2011. ISBN 978-007-128929-0.


The first book includes an introduction to the field of leadership in organizations. The second book is an introduction to Project Management. 

The required qualification is BA and all students at the master can participate. Some knowledge of organization theory (see syllabus for the course “Organization Theory”) may facilitate participation in the seminar but it is not a requirement.

The class will meet on 7. September 2016, 15.15-17.00 where the teacher will give an introduction to the seminar.
The deadline for submitting a brief Commitment Paper to the teacher via Absalon is 21. September 2016.
Students upload the class version of their seminar paper at Absalon on 10. November at the latest.
Presentations and discussions of papers in the class take place in the week 21-25 November. Students may then work to improve their paper.
The detailed organization and time schedule for the seminar will be decided upon in collaboration with the students.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 30 min under invigilation
A written seminar paper in English.
All aids allowed

Al aids for the written seminarpaper.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
up to 20 % censorship at the seminarpaper
Criteria for exam assessment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 10
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Project work
  • 195
  • English
  • 206