Leadership in 21st Century Organizations
School: Copenhagen Business School
Registration Link: REGISTER HERE
Start Date: September 5, 2016 (10 Weeks Long)
Workload: 2-4 Hours Per Week
Instructors: Robert Austin and Shannon Hessel
Credentials: Before joining Copenhagen Business School, Austin spent over a decade on the faculty of the Harvard Business School. He has authored nine books and over 60 HBS cases. His work has also been published in the Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and the Wall Street Journal. Hessel is an assistant professor at the school, where her research focuses on group work, art and innovation, and organizational creativity.
Graded: Students will earn a verified certificate for completing this course.
Description: Many classes teach business principles through an endless string of theories. Others assign case-after-case, where you only get to see the larger context in certain areas. In this course, students will follow the journey of Jim Barton, a new CEO of a fictional company that is recovering from an accounting scandal and attempting to transform its structure and culture to become more global. As part of this course, which is based on Harder Than I Thought: Adventures of a 21st Century Leader, readers will evaluate the decisions that Jim makes in terms of assessing his team, transparently communicating with his team, leading change, managing crises, developing and motivating talent, fostering innovation, executing his vision, and maintaining a work-life balance. In addition, students will examine leadership failure through the global financial crisis, pulling together the first nine weeks to help them evaluate the leadership style and tenure of Lord John Browne, head of British Petroleum.
Review: “Upon the first few views of the subject material, presented in the form of dramatized episodes, I was skeptical if this course was worth its time. I was pleasantly surprised once we moved into motivation in the 21st century, and the course only improved from there (though the multiple long videos in the financial crisis module felt redundant). A meaningful course as long as you can engage yourself with the material rather than rely on their sub-par assignments and quizzes to engage you. I also, did not participate in any discussions, but perhaps if I had this course would have been rated 5 stars.” For additional reviews, click here.