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This programme is composed of lectures and seminars along with individual study and essays.
The master’s degree programme Leadership for Sustainability is grounded in four core premises:
1. Sustainability requires new forms of organising, especially when it comes to project-based organisations involving diverse stakeholders.
2. Organising and leading sustainability requires new and diverse leading and organising skills, understanding and knowledge for managers and leaders of sustainable projects.
3. Organising and leading sustainability requires a new way of thinking sustainability within and between organisations. Current research on social entrepreneurship and social innovation can reveal new methods and strategies with regards to this.
4. Methodological and methodical knowledge and understanding are needed to enable leaders to make sustainable decisions.
Based on these four premises, the programme bridges together the fields of organisation theory, leadership, project management, social innovation and social entrepreneurship so that together new ways of organising and leading sustainability can be created. This will enable students to rethink commonly held perceptions of leadership and organisational development.
In this programme students are taught to reflect upon organisational and leadership challenges linked to organisational development and sustainability. This programme provides students with knowledge and critical understanding of current research in the fields of leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development.
This master's programme is also focused on action and doing via diverse projects and even via the thesis work. This is a way to develop students’ professional, conceptual and human skills so that as for example future sustainable leaders and social entrepreneurs, they will drive sustainable changes and have the capacity to make informed decisions about organisational and leadership issues in the management of sustainable organisations and projects.
Finally, embedded in this program is the idea that sustainability can be reached if individuals rethink commonly held perceptions of leadership and organisational development.
The programme is organised in six courses over two semesters.
Semester 1 provides the basic knowledge and understanding needed in the programme. The courses "Organising and Leading Sustainable Organisations” and ”Leadership and Organisation for Sustainability - Research Methods” provide students with knowledge and understanding of organisation and leadership theories and research methods for sustainability.The semester ends the ”Project Management and Sustainability” course providing students with knowledge on project management and enabling students to develop their own project management skills. This course ends with the planning of a sustainable project in order to apply knowledge acquired so far in all three courses.
Semester 2 comprises specialised in-depth courses. At the start of the semester, the students take two courses: ”Sustainable development: Individual, Organisational and Network Perspective” and “Social entrepreneurship, social innovation and sustainability”. These two courses provide in-depth knowledge on sustainable development and sustainability as well as social innovation and entrepreneurship. The semester ends with the thesis work focusing on leading and organising sustainability.
Lectures, seminars, and workshop enable interaction in small and large class. Group work is used to generate discussions about sustainability, especially while doing case studies. Study visits and guest lectures connect learning with practice. Individual papers, individual studies and the thesis work enable to focus and gain specific and in-depth knowledge to master the subject at hand.
What had you studied before your master's at Malmö University?
At the University of Technology in Jamaica I pursued a master's degree in Workforce Education and Development.
Why did you choose Malmö University and Leadership for Sustainability?
I received an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and I wanted a master’s degree that would equip me with competence in project management as I was working on projects and in project management but had no certification – Malmö was the only university that offered this course in English. Further, the idea of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation were quite new to Jamaica, but very significant to my area of interest and Jamaica’s social and economic development - so I got the best of both worlds choosing Leadership for Sustainability as I was building my career, not just “doing a Masters.”
I believe it is a good programme as it was comprehensive. Excellent lecturers to build foundation on evolving leadership and leadership styles; hands on experience in writing project proposal and evaluation; face time, seminars, and field trips with social entrepreneurs - all this while building analytic and academic writing competence.
Do you have any advice for prospective students wanting to come to Malmö?
Malmö is such a fun city with so many exciting things to do! Be careful to balance the academic side with the social side.
What are your plans for the future?
I will continue my work in social and economic development specifically working on projects that will make a difference in the lives of people – especially Jamaicans. But this time around I don’t only have the experience but the academic capabilities to support or lead sustainable projects and development.
This programme lays a solid foundation for those seeking to work as key players in project management and organisational development environments, and where the broader issues of societal development are important. The skills acquired will be relevant for managers in local, national and international governmental bodies, the private and non-profit sector and in consultancy work.
The entrepreneurial content of the course is designed to stimulate and encourage students to initiate projects, businesses or organisations with the purpose of working towards sustainable development.
The programme was established 18 November 2009.
This programme syllabus (version 4) was approved 31 May 2012 by the Board of Studies at Faculty of Culture and Society.
The syllabus is valid from 02 September 2013.