Chair of Organization Theory and Design



Bachelor lecture

Elective „Business Administration“

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


In this lecture topics from the following range are discussed:


  • Subjects and concepts of leadership
  • Leadership theories
    • Trait theory (person approach)
    • Role theory (group approach)
    • Contingence and interaction theory (person-structure approach)
  •   Motivational and cognitive concepts relevant for leadership
    • Hierarchy of needs (Maslow)
    • Value orientations of employees
    • Two-factor theory of job satisfaction (Herzberg)
    • Concepts of man
    • Expectancy theory (Vroom)
  • Empirical leadership studies
    • One-dimensional concepts of leadership studies (Iowa studies)
    • Multidimensional concepts of leadership studies (Ohio studies)
  • Normative concepts of leadership
    • Management by objectives (Humble/Odiorne)
    • Situational leadership theory (Hersey/Blanchard)
    • Contingency model (Fiedler)
    • Vroom-Yetton decision
    • oriented leadership model
    • Symbolic leadership
    • Transactional vs. transformational leadership
    • Empowerment
    • Leadership in teams
    • Instruments for the selection of managers and for influencing leader/follower behaviors
    • Assessment center
    • Leadership principles
    • Coaching


Further Information

Language of Instruction: German

Credit Points: 5

Form of teaching: lecture and tutorial


Detailed information, room numbers, times and dates of lectures, tutorials and exams will be published on “UnivIS” or “Olat” respectively.



Wunderer, R., Grunwald, W. (eds.), Führungslehre, Bd. 1, Grundlagen der Führung, Berlin, New York 1984.

Neuberger, O., Führen und führen lassen, 6th ed. of "Führung", Stuttgart 2002.

Macharzina, K., Wolf, J., Unternehmensführung – Das internationale Managementwissen – Konzepte, Methoden, Praxis, 9th ed., Wiesbaden 2015.

Staehle, W., Management – Eine verhaltenswissenschaftliche Perspektive, 8. ed., München 1999, pp. 135-387 and pp. 791-823.


Additional Literature

Kieser, A., Reber, G., Wunderer, R. (eds.), Handwörterbuch der Führung, 2nd ed., Stuttgart 1995.

Neuberger, O., Führungslehre – Die Grundsätze der Theoriekonstruktion, in: Management Wissen, o. Jg., 10/1985, pp. 22-28.

Macharzina, K., Wolf, J. (eds.), Handbuch Internationales Führungskräfte-Management, Stuttgart et al. 1996.