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Leadership and Management (MSc Business Administration)

The study programme

The study programme of the track Leadership and Management focuses on the challenges organisations are facing in terms of managing individuals, 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 track Leadership and Management, you will apply the latest insights on leadership and management to real-world cases. This will make sure that you get sufficient practice in analysing and solving issues in a structured manner. Presenting your advice to the company in question makes the assignments extra challenging.

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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. If you have a fundamental drive to challenge the corporate environment, you can participate in our Honours programme Sustainability.

  • 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 and Professional Skills 1 & 2

    To prepare you for your professional career, this course is a combination of a series of corporate guest lecturers in Royal Theatre Carré and an offering of professional skills training e.g. 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 toward organisational success. You will learn what drives individual performance as well as how, when, and why people succeed or fail together in groups and organisations.


    Get an insight into our current knowledge on leadership. We will focus on the major outcomes of leadership in terms of employee motivation and behaviour and discuss the ethical considerations and requirements for leadership. We will also cover real-life examples, practical implications 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

    What does it mean to manage people strategically? What choices does this entail? In this course, you will become familiar with up-to-date management theories. For example: how do organisations gain a competitive advantage through their employees? And what impact does this have on them? Expect interactive sessions in which you participate in discussions, work on case studies and train different managerial skills.
    This course includes a company challenge: in teams, you will solve a business problem presented by an organisation.

  • 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 programme Sustainability

    Highly motivated students can participate in the MSc Business Administration Honours programme Sustainability. This challenging programme is a great chance to stand out for future employers.

    More about the Honours programme Sustainability
Real-life case: autonomous teams at bol.com

Bol.com is the largest e-retailer in the Netherlands and Flanders. The company has started the SCORE programme to improve the way store teams cooperate with other professional disciplines in multidisciplinary autonomous teams. How can management support autonomous teams in effectively delivering on their goals, while at the same time giving them enough autonomy?

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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 digital marketing issues that could be discussed in class:

  • How do you inspire and motivate people, and build successful firms?
  • How do you align employees’ goals with those of the organization?
  • What makes a leader more charismatic, inspiring, and ethical?
  • How do you show the right leadership behaviors in a certain situation?
  • How do you design, lead, and manage effective teams?
  • How do you manage conflict?
  • 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?
  • ING and many others are switching to ‘agile working’, leaving their hierarchic structure behind to implement self-managing teams. What consequences does this have for leadership and management? How do you secure an effective work mode, high motivation and focus on the common organisational goal?
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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