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Leadership and Management (MSc Business Administration)
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The study programme

The study programme of the track Leadership and Management focuses on the challenges organisations are facing in terms of managing people, teams and organisations and the balance between organisational and employee interests.

Challenge yourself in real-world cases

In the courses of the curriculum of the Leadership and Management track, you will apply the latest research insights on leading and managing to real-world cases. Using cases and challenges from organizations, you practice analysing and solving current issues leaders and companies struggle with. Presenting your advice to a company makes the assignments extra challenging, rewarding, and impactful.

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The programme

Leadership and Management is one of the tracks of the MSc Business Administration. During your Master's you will follow 5 general courses and 3 track-specific courses. You will finish with a thesis.

  • Compulsory courses

    Ethics and the Future of Business

    The purpose of this course is to explore the trends, core concepts, theories, and approaches of business ethics and corporate sustainability. The course is divided into a general part and a track-specific part.

    Business Seminar

    To prepare you for your professional career, this course is a combination of a series of corporate guest lecturers in Royal Theatre Carré. Leaders and decision-makers of well-known Dutch and International companies present insights, challenges, and their take on the Future of Business.

    Professional Skills 1 & 2

    In this professional skills training you are offered courses on career-relevant knowledge and skills such as Presentation Skills, Programming with Python and more.

    The Business Lab: choose your electives

    In The Business Lab, you can choose from a wide selection of electives we call business labs. Each one is connected to a corporate partner. You will be challenged to solve real-world business issues, working in international teams and presenting your solution to the company.

    Research Foundations & Thesis Proposal

    This course is meant to support you in writing you research proposal for you Master's thesis. During the course, you will learn how to change a general topic into a specific research proposal.

  • Track-specific courses

    Theories of Leadership and Management

    In this course you will get the theoretical framework for understanding how to lead and manage people to foster a company’s success. You will learn what drives people’s motivation and performance as well as how, when, and why people succeed or fail together in groups and organisations. This course is based on groundbreaking classic theories and modern research findings.


    Get an insight into our latest knowledge and research discoveries on leadership. We will focus on how leaders influence employee motivation, extra effort or counterproductive behavior, and discuss ethical considerations leaders make. Thereby, you will not only learn about leading well but also about poor leadership and what happens to employees and organizations when leaders lead poorly. We will also cover real-life examples, implications for leadership practice and of course in-depth research in leadership. A critical and motivated attitude is key, as we ask for independent as well as interactive participation.

    Managing People Strategically

    There is growing evidence that managing people in a strategic way is crucial for organisational success. However, as a lever for achieving organisational goals, the strategic management of people is both complex and challenging. What does it mean to manage people strategically? What choices does it entail? And who makes these choices? How can managers direct teams and individuals to achieve organisational goals? In this course we draw on the most up-to-date theorising in the field of management and to some extent psychology, and look at how organisations seek to achieve a competitive advantage through people, as well as at what impact their choices have on employees.

    The new knowledge is applied immediately during the course in an ongoing challenge faced by a Dutch or International company: in teams, you will solve the business problem posed by the company and present your solution, contributing to the company’s future success.

  • Thesis

    The Master’s thesis is the final requirement for your graduation. It is your chance to dive deep into a topic that you are enthusiastic about. A professor in your field of choice (track) will supervise and support you in writing your thesis.

    Upon graduation, you will be awarded the title Master of Science (MSc).

  • Honours programmes

    Highly motivated students can participate in the MSc Business Administration Honours programmes Sustainability or Data Driven Management. These challenging programmes are a great chance to stand out for future employers.

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Real-life case: Google ranks highly among the ‘best companies to work for’

The multinational offers employees a wide range of extras: a complete playground to spend your work breaks, a mind-blowing workspace and luxury lunch menus. Why does Google do this? How does this help achieve organisational goals? And could this work for other companies?

Copyright: iStock-1292653388-Halyna Kabanets
Studying at the Amsterdam Business school gives you a competitive advantage as you gain practical experiences and are supported to follow more courses of your interest. Marieke Rooze - track Leadership and Management Read about Marieke's experiences with this Master's

Contemporary issues

Examples of current and relevant leadership and management issues that could be discussed in class:

  • How do you inspire and motivate people?
  • How do you align employees’ goals with those of the organization?
  • What makes a leader more charismatic and inspiring?
  • How do you lead well in different situations?
  • How do you design, lead, and manage effective teams?
  • How do you manage conflict?
  • What consequences does agile working and self-managing teams have for leadership and management? 
Inspiring kick-off in Royal Theatre Carré

You will kick off your studies with 'UvA in Carré', a series of inspirational seminars featuring prominent speakers from leading companies such as ING, L’Oréal, Vodafone, Ahold Delhaize, VandeBron and Google. They will present their visions on current business issues and share their insights and experiences.

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