MG463      Half Unit
CEMS Global Leadership

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Connson Locke


This course is compulsory on the CEMS Exchange. This course is not available as an outside option.


It is assumed that the students have already taken introductory Organisational Behaviour or Global Business courses. The 2nd year Global Master’s in Management students are offered these prerequisites during their 1st year.

Course content

This course aims to answer the question, “How can I manage people in international settings and from different cultures?” By answering this question, you will develop the skills to pursue an effective global career while keeping the core CEMS values of being responsible leaders contributing to a more open, sustainable, inclusive world. You will also develop an understanding of the challenges of interacting with and managing a diverse workforce in a complex environment characterized by distance-based interactions. Topics include: leader traits and attributes, cultural diversity, team leadership and virtual teams, power and influence, gender and the perception of leadership, organizational culture and change, global social responsibility.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the LT.

Indicative reading

Mendenhall, M.E., Reiche, B.S., Bird, A., & Osland, J.S. (2012). Defining the ”global” in global leadership. Journal of World Business, 47: 493-503.

Schein, E. H. (2010). How leaders embed and transmit culture (Chapter 14, E-book pp.235-258). In Organizational Culture and Leadership. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons.

Yukl, G. A. (2009). Leadership in Organizations: Global Edition. Pearson


Essay (50%) and project (40%) in the LT.
Class participation (10%).

Course selection videos

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: 19

Controlled access 2020/21: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Communication