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Leading Teams

Leading Teams

Code: LEA2RZ001
Scope: 5 ECTS
Timing: Year-2
Language: English
Level: Professional Studies
Type: Mandatory

Learning objectives
On successful completion of this course, the student:

  • Understands the principles and shared objectives of group and teamwork and is able to work together with others in multidisciplinary teams
  • Facilitates teams and team work
  • Is capable of collaborative learning and sharing knowledge in teams and working communities
  • Takes responsibility of one’s own actions and works according to the jointly agreed principles and methods
  • Adopts an initiative and proactive approach to work and is capable of problem solving and decision making at one’s work
  • Respect diverse opinions and views and is able to accept constructive criticism

The course addresses the following topics:

  1. Group dynamics
  2. Leadership styles and related models, measuring personal qualities
  3. Valuable roles for team interaction
  4. Problem solving tools
  5. Dialogue and feedback in enriching team experience
  6. Setting goals and objectives in performance management
  7. Showing respect for diversity in the team

Starting level and linkage with other courses

Working life connections
Visiting lecturers and case/company materials will be used.

The course is conducted in international classes in English

Learning methods
Problem solving and feedback sessions in class. Group discussions and argumentation – debate. Assignments for teams between classes & in connection w. other courses in the same period. Individual assignment: measuring personality traits, group orientation (roles) and leadership styles.

Assessing one´s own learning is a compulsory part of the course.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)
Please, contact lecturer

Teacher responsible
Kari Nurminen, Haaga

Course materials
To be announced
Lecture handouts and other materials as indicated by lecturers

Additional & recommended reading:
Fuller, Ed 2011. You can’t lead with your feet on the desk. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey.
Sheppardson, C. & Gibson, H. 2011. Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Hospitality Industry. Goodfellow Publishers Ltd., Oxford.
Vecchio, R.P. 1991 or newer ed. Organizational Behavior.  (Part III) chapters 5-12,  (Part IV) chapter 15.a

Team examination
Peer evaluation of performance in team
Active presence in class/team sessions
Personal report

The course is evaluated on a scale excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (2), fair (1), fail (0). The assessment criteria is presented on a scale 1 - 3 - 5.

The own learning assessment assignment does not impact your grade. The assignment is the same for all courses and your answers will be used also for course development. The assignment is completed on an electronic form.

Grede 1
Student is familiar with principles of management and leadership and basic dynamics in team work. Student shows capability of working and sharing knowledge in teams.

Grade 3
Students shows skills in applying the learning from the course in solving problems in a team setting. Student gives and receives feedback for improvement purposes.

Grade 5
Student shows ability and skills in planning, organizing and developing effort in a team setting. Student is able to work and to support effort in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. Student shows analytical, critical  and constructive attitude towards problem solving, understands and can cope with cultural and linguistic diversity in working life teams.