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Organizational Behavior, Business Narratives and Leadership

Summer School of Business, Economics and Management, 10 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 3 weeks
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 1700 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 680 EUR


This course proposes a framework for understanding organizational behaviour as arising from a shared understanding of facts that suggests a coherent vision for the future. Within this framework, leadership is understood as creating a vision by means of future-oriented narratives.   In this course students are first of all confronted with decision theories from various disciplines including economics, sociology and group psychoanalysis, as well as with the peculiarities of organizational decision-making by means of the Garbage Can Model of organizational choice. These insights lead to the conceptual core of this course, which consists of understanding collective decision-making as arising out of creating a coherent, shared picture of reality. This core is subsequently developed into patterns and templates for constructing narratives that create coherence between a shared understanding of the past and a vision for the future.   Leadership is understood as a collective enterprise. Among various concepts of leadership, those where unobtrusive leaders intervene at crucial points of organizational life are suggested to be the most effective, durable, and less prone to irrational drifts.   A lot of practical examples are discussed, with lots of details. Practical details are a hallmark of this course and, since the details of business life are not always available, films are eventually used to illustrate concepts in fictional but realistic business environments. Furthermore, computer simulations are employed to illustrate and practice organizational decision-making (no programming ability is required).

About the Degree

This is a summer course that counts 5 or 10 ECTS. 


  • You must be enrolled in a university programme at the time of the AU Summer University
  • If you are applying for admission to AU Summer University courses at the Master level, you must hold a relevant Bachelor's degree (or as a minimum 180 ECTS in your study programme
  • The application deadline is March 15th


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Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Jul 24


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