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Leading Across the Organization (Executive MBA Course)

AVT Business School
2 måneder
Åben uddannelse
14.500 DKK ekskl. moms


Leading Across the Oranization - Executive MBA Course

With Adjunct Professor Christian Harpelund

The course dive in to, perhaps, the most difficult leadership topic of them all: The ability of a leader to lead across boundaries. This discipline is first of all difficult because it requires an exploration of power dynamics. Functional areas in organizations are often defined by their control of a specific set of relationships. Collaboration on the other hand, implies openness, lessening of control and, most importantly, the deeply held belief that it is possible to negotiate with others. Secondly, the discipline requires a willingness to let go of control. Control oriented thinking usually depends on a psychological and emotional assumption that, ‘I’m OK, you’re not OK’. Only when we have the willingness to share, does it become possible to define the capacity to collaborate. And third: the discipline of cross-functional collaboration lead us outside our zones of belonging, requiring a sharp awareness of own assumptions, behavior and culture, in order to navigate the new relationships and their new conditions.

The course will enable you to understand the fundamental psychology of organizational identity and the development of organizational structures like ‘silos’.

You will learn:

  • how to understand silos and boundaries in an organization

  • how to understand and analyze different types of barriers between silos in organizations

  • how to create direction, alignment and commitment across functions

  • how to personally prepare for cross-functional collaboration.

However, we will also zoom out on the idea of ‘boundaries’ and expand it to also explain some of the other boundaries we and others create for each other; generational boundaries, demographic boundaries, etc. The target is to practice your ability to see your personal foundation for stepping into a leadership role, which leads across the boundaries.

The course objectives are accomplished through gamified exercises and scenario discussions, reflective practice, efforts to applicate, and constructive feedback.

Christian Harpelund

Adjunct Professor of Leadership and Change, AVT Business School

Christian Harpelund is educated as an organizational psychologist and works as an international OD-consultant. Christian resides in Denmark but works with OD-assignments in many parts of the world. Christian started his professional career as a manager in the public sector of Copenhagen. Since 2004 Christian has developed his career as a leadership development specialist and OD-consultant with customers reaching from small public sector organizations to large multinationals.


Requirements: Students are required to attend all classes and to participate actively.

Preparations: Students are required to read all course material in advance.

Course material: The course material consists of textbooks, case studies and articles.


Grades: Students will be graded on attendance and participation in class and on a written assignment.

ECTS-points: The Executive MBA Course in Leading Performance Across the Organization will earn you 2 ECTS points.

Program Overview

Time Schedule: Leading Across the Organization is a two-months Executive MBA Course with classes on November 14-15 from 08.30 to 17.00.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for the two-months Executive MBA Course in Leading Performance Across the Organization is DKK 14.500 exclusive of VAT.

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