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Workshop 3: Maximizing Your Strength as a Manager and Personal Study Plan

Workshop 3: Maximizing Your Strength as a Manager and Personal Study Plan

Code: MGT2LG108
Extent: 2 ECTS (54 h)
Timing: 2nd semester
Language: English
Level: Advanced Professional Studies
Type: Compulsory


Starting level and linkage with other courses

The workshop is connected with all Elective Professional Studies (EAPS), with the Personal Study Plan (PSP), and with the Master’s Thesis. It is directly linked to the International Talent Management and to the Knowledge Management master courses.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the workshop, the students will

  • learn about their strengths as managers by receiving their personal DiSC profiles
  • discover four styles of behavior and explore the preferences of their own style
  • learn what happens if these strengths are overused
  • learn about what happens when they are in conflict with others
  • understand how others interpret their behavior
  • participate in a teambuilding exercise
  • update their thesis plan
  • submit their Personal Study Plans (PSP) with reflections on the second semester studies

Course contents

The goals of the workshop are: learning about how to maximize personal strengths as a manager; giving and receiving feedback from peers on their thesis plan or thesis status; submit the updated thesis plans; submit their PSP with reflections on the second semester studies; and receive information about the EAPS of the next academic year.

Cooperation with the business community

Master students with work experience can utilize the topics of the workshop in their everyday business practices.

International dimension

Working in an international business context has similar challenges as the topics of the workshop.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact hours (guest lectures, presentations, discussions) 8 h
Independent studies 45 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Not applicable.

Teacher responsible

Maria Jakubik, Dr. Sc. (Econ.), Pasila

Course materials

HAAGA-HELIA thesis writing instructions

IBMA Thesis Guide in Moodle

Swales, M. & Feak, C. 2004. Academic Writing  for Graduate Students. 2nd ed. The University of Michigan Press. (recommended).

Assessment components and their respective weights

    Full attendance 20%
    Active participation in group work (no extra assignment provided in case of absence) 20%
    Pre-assignment: on-line self-assessment 30%
    Personal Study Plan (PSP) together with Reflections on the second semester studies 30%
    Updated Thesis Plan (if it was not approved) Rejected/Approved
    The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h 0%

    The workshop will be assessed as "passed" or "failed". Attendance in the workshop is compulsory for all students. To receive the credit for the workshop all parts need to be passed.

    The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.