Chair of Organization Theory and Design

Bachelor lecture "Leadership" summer term 2015

Elective „Business Administration“

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Joachim Wolf


Topics of the lecture

1.  Subjects and concepts of leadership

2.  Theoretical orientations to explain leader/follower behavior

  • Trait theory (person approach)
  • Role theory (group approach)
  • Situation and interaction theory (person-structure approach)

3.  Theoretical principles of employee inducement

  • Hierarchy of needs (Maslow)
  • Value structures of employees
  • Two-factor theory of job satisfaction (Herzberg)
  • Concepts of man
  • Expectancy theory (Vroom)

 4.  Empirical analysis of leadership styles

  • One-dimensional concepts of leadership styles (Iowa studies)
  • Multidimensional concepts of leadership styles (Ohio studies)

5.  Traditional normative concepts of leadership

  • Management by objectives (Humble/Odiorne)
  • Situational leadership theory (Hersey/Blanchard)
  • Contingency model (Fiedler)

6.  Newer normative concepts of leadership

  • Vroom-Yetton decision-oriented leadership model
  • Symbolic leadership
  • Transactional vs. transformational leadership
  • Empowerment
  • Leadership in teams

7.  Instruments for the selection of managers and for influencing leader/follower behaviors

  • Assessment center
  • Leadership principles
  • Coaching


General informationon on the lecture

  •  Course language: German

  • Additionally an exercise takes place.

  • For the dates of the lecture and the exercise please refer to the Univis.

  • Current information on the lecture and the exercise will be published via OLAT.

  • 5 credit points can be acquired through a passed exam.

  • The course material will be sold at the Secretariat from the beginning of the lecture.