ENT4050 - Dynamic Organizing

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Course content

This course addresses team design, team management, and team leadership in an entrepreneurial context. The focus is on the process and structural characteristics that influence the effectiveness of teams, individual behavior, and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships. The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and process of group and team behavior, both in general and particularly how it appears in an entrepreneurial context, so that you as a leader or team member can successfully work with/in these types of teams. Students' ongoing team work in the other courses in the Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program will be used as a living laboratory where students can apply their learning about team work in a real setting.

 

Learning outcome

After you have completed this course, you will:

  • Have advanced knowledge on how teams develop, function and the dynamics of teams; how to design a team for best performance and managing critical team processes
  • Have advanced knowledge on modes of communication and collective intelligence in teams, team decision-making processes, why conflicts in teams occur and methods to leverage teams most efficiently,
  • Have advanced knowledge of special issues and dilemmas facing entrepreneurial teams and founders
  • Have developed your ability to effectively work in and lead professional teams in both a corporate setting and in a start-up company
  • Have developed your ability to manage and motivate team members and productively deal with conflicts and creativity 
  • Be able to assess the root causes for how teams function and identify measures to mend it.
  • Understand your own strengths and development needs in working in professional teams

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is only available for students admitted to the master's degree programme in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Teaching

The core of the course is a series of lectures and readings and exercises. The exercises are framed and analyzed in terms of readings, lectures, and in-depth class discussions.

Teaching takes place on a weekly basis throughout the semester two hours per week. You are expected to participate in all team and group exercises and simulations, when in class.

Due to the significant amount of group work and in-class activities in this course, attendance of the lectures is mandatory. You will need to attend at least 80 percent of the lectures in order to pass the course.

Examination

There will be one group reflection report reflecting on the team performance during the course that will count for 40% of the grade and an individual reflection report reflecting on own learning that will count for 30%. In addition there will be three individual tests during the semester, each counting for 10% of the grade. In the group reflection report the students in each group are given the same grade. Group members who do not fulfill their obligations can be graded individually from the group. 

Failing a graded assignment does still allow participation in the remaining exams. All exams must be taken during the same semester.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course

Credits

5

Level

Master

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English