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Strategy, Organisation and Leadership, MSc

Course Description

Ours is a time of transitions in the business community with increasing globalisation, intensifying competition and considerable social and technological changes.

To act and contribute as a manager and employee in tomorrow's the emerging business community skills related to strategic, organizational and leadership processes are necessary. These processes are in focus in this programme that gives students relevant knowledge, insight, and behavioral skills. Real life processes are often international in scope which is reflected in the content of the different courses in the programmme.

We offer a theme-based, practice and process-oriented and progressively structured study programme supported by modern and technologically updated teaching methods. The study programme is characterised by a high level of student involvement and responsibility for your own learning.



Four prerequisite courses cover fields of study which provide you with the basic skills required to study subsequent courses:

Organisational Theory: Structure and Behaviour shows how various theories and models within the fields of organisational sociology and personality psychology may individually and in combination provide an expedient approach to creating an understanding of organisations as both structure and behaviour.

Emerging markets, their institutions and challenges. The course aims at providing an analytical framework for understanding emerging markets and their institutions. The importance and growth potentials of emerging markets, such as for example the Chinese, mean that they cannot be ignored, but their particularities at the same time pose serious liabilities of foreignness for Western firms. Overcoming these liabilities must start with an understanding of the institutional differences between the emerging markets and the economies of the West.

Management Research Method focuses on the production of qualified and justified knowledge which lives up to scientific quality criteria. This is a sine qua non issue for any candidate in business economics, who wishes to make decisions on an informed background. The course introduces a variety of research designs applicable when carrying out research in the area of organisation and management and related areas. Focus will first be on the philosophical issues pertaining to the creation of valid knowledge. In the second part focus will be on techniques for data collection and analysis. These techniques include qualitative as well as quantitative approaches.


Organizational Change and Development concerns changes in organisations from a broad perspective. Analytically the course distinguishes between organisational, group and individual level. Changes are investigated with the use of classical as well as more recent theoretical models and practical tools. The course aims to give you a theoretical insight into the topic of change management. Moreover cases are used for practical application of different change models, through which strategic, structural and human issues are integrated. Central elements in the course are:

— Theoretical insight into management of change

— Analysing and diagnosing the need for changes in specific case organisations

— Choosing between types of interventions and strategies for implementation

— Human aspects of implementation (e.g. management, communication, motivation, training)”

Strategy and Business Development seeks to train your ability to apply central strategic tools for diagnostic purposes and subsequent business development in connection with the resolution of managerial aspects of development issues at a strategic level.

Leadership aims to provide insights into personal aspects of management, including issues such as shared, virtual, and team leadership.

Entrepreneurship enables you to understand the factors affecting the formation and growth of new enterprises. You must be able to analyse alternative organisational options and managerial challenges.

Human Resource Management and Development will give you a fundamental theoretical and practical insight into and understanding of the Human Resource Management (HRM) field – the dynamic interplay of person, job, and organisation. The course aims to train your ability to identify and understand different HRM issues and dilemmas within the field, and also in different forms of organisations. The course will also deal with International HRM.

In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the AU Summer University or at one of our more than 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and so get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted, it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

Visit the Strategy, Organisation and Leadership, MSc page on the Aarhus University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students that hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a BSc degree from Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University can pursue direct admission to MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration (including the MSc in Economics and Auditing) after they finish their bachelor’s degree programme.

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