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Students on the Strategy, Organisation and Leadership programme will acquire the knowledge, insight and behavioural skills needed to act as managers or employees in organisations facing increasing globalisation, competition, and technological change.
The first semester features three courses: Organisational Theory; Emerging Markets Institutions and Challenges; and Management Research Methods.
The second semester comprises the following five specialising courses: Organisational Change and Development aims to provide insight into challenges related to the initiation and implementation of changes.Strategy and Business Development develops the ability to apply central strategic tools for diagnostic purposes and subsequent business development. Leadership aims to provide insights into personal aspects of management, including issues such as shared, virtual, and team leadership. Entrepreneurship explores factors affecting the formation and growth of new enterprises. Students develop the ability to analyse alternative organisational options and managerial challenges. Human Resource Management and Development provides fundamental theoretical and practical insights into and an understanding of the field of human resource management (HRM), the dynamic interplay between people, jobs and organisations.
In the third semester, students can choose courses in their areas of interest. These can be taken at Aarhus University, at a partner university outside Denmark or at the AU Summer University. Students can also participate in internship programmes in Denmark or abroad.
The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis, where students have the opportunity to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest.
The programme provides the competencies needed to perform successfully in positions where the ability to integrate technological, organisational and human development processes is required. Graduates will be able to perform a wide variety of functions in private firms and public organisations, for example as junior consultants in international management consultancy firms, as trainees in large corporations or as management assistants. Some have also continued their studies as PhD scholars.
1st semester 30 ECTS
- Organisational Theory
- Emerging markets, their institutions and challenges
- Applied Business Research Methods
2nd semester 30 ECTS
- Management of Change
- Strategy and Business Development
- Human Resource Management and Development
3rd semester 30 ECTS
- Study abroad
- Summer University
4th semester 30 ECTS
In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Business and Social Sciences during the semester, at the AU Summer University or at one of our more than 200 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.