Business Administration: Leadership and Organisation from a Global Perspective


The purpose of the course is that students will develop a basic knowledge of organization and leadership in a global context that is based on both theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Admission requirements

General requirements for university studies.


credits 20% final grades 40% national university aptitude test 40%


Syllabus for students autumn 2020, autumn 2019, autumn 2018, autumn 2017

Course Code:
EK180E revision 2.2
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Business Adminstration
Date of ratification:
28 February 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
28 August 2017
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
28 February 2017

Entry requirements

General requirements for university studies.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is given as an independent course


The purpose of the course is that students will develop a basic knowledge of organization and leadership in a global context that is based on both theoretical and empirical perspectives.


Organizations worldwide are no longer bound by national borders. Changing patterns concerning e.g. competition, development of new knowledge, cooperation between and within organizations is no longer limited by distance or national borders. This development, among others has led to a need to understand, "national" characteristics to effectively operate across national borders. Globalization does not only mean that organizations extend across national borders to conduct business, it also means that there are new opportunities within organizations regarding ways to organize and lead. This includes new forms and conditions of communication and a greater diversity in terms of expertise, training and knowledge. This course also addresses challenges related to intercultural leadership.
This is an introductory course on organization and management with a focus on the challenges and complexity of globalization. In order to provide a theortical foundation, the course will begin with an historical review of traditional leadership and organizational theories. The aim of the course is for students to study organization and leadership theory from a global perspective with a focus on sustainability, diversity, communication and culture.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstate basic knowledge of different organizational and leadership perspectives.
2. Explain and discuss globalized leadership in relation to the courses central concepts.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of organizations and their environment and how they affect each other.
4. Apply theoretical based knowledge to analyze and develop solutions for problems linked to globalization, from an organizational and management perspective.
5. Critically relate to discourses on global leadership.
6. Contribute constructively to discussions, project and group work.

Learning activities

Lectures, individual assignments, case studies, project work including written reports and oral presentation / reporting, seminars and tutorials.


• Individual written examination, 7 credits (A-E, U) (Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3)
• Individual and group-based project including written and oral presentation/ reporting 8 credits (A-E, U) (Learning outcomes: 4, 5, 6)

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Deresky, H. (2016). International Management: Managing Across Borders and Cultures (9th edition). Pearson Education Limited, Harlow.
Reference literature
  • Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G. & Williams, J. M. (2008). The craft of research. University of Chicago Press.
  • Gooderham, P., Grøgaard, B. & Nordhaug, O. (2013). International Management: Theory and Practice, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Urban Studies.

Further information

Studentservice US - Malmö universitet,
Helgi-Valur Fridriksson, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657784