Syllabus for Scandinavian Leadership

Skandinaviskt ledarskap


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2FE231
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Business Studies G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2022-02-21
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    Completed 15 credits from basic courses (A-level) in business studies, and registered for another 15 credits at the same level.

  • Responsible department: Department of Business Studies

Decisions and guidelines

The course is offered to exchange students.

Learning outcomes

The main objective of this course is to get an enhanced understanding of the key dimensions that can be related to Scandinavian Leadership. With the support of current academic research the course will provide a basis for theoretical and complex contextualised analyses, and an enhanced ability to distinguish and understand the specificities of Scandinavian Leadership.


After the course the students should be able to:

  • characterise and present central theoretical aspects related to Scandinavian Leadership,
  • reflect and relate in a critical manner to different models and concepts in the course literature,
  • discuss and develop specific leadership challenges and possibilities with support of relevant research,
  • summarise complex information in comprehensive oral presentations based on analytical reading and writing,
  • evaluate analyses and solutions of leadership challenges,
  • lead and participate in different group tasks.


This course deals with what is popularly known as 'Scandinavian Leadership'. From a Scandinavian perspective it is seen as contemporary, culture-free and balanced, but to others in the world it is seen as culturally-based and quite extreme. The course aims to give a critical review of essential dimensions related to Scandinavian Leadership, explore challenges and opportunities in leading people and teams at work, and take a closer look at values, identities, and ethics in search of what is truly Scandinavian. This will be done in comparison with "main stream leadership theory" and national cultural distinctions as a background. Implications of Scandinavian leadership for diversity and inclusion will be addressed, together with a focus on learning and change a discussion of the future of Scandinavian Leadership will wrap up the course.

  • Introduction: Scandinavian Leadership from a Cultural Perspective
  • Leadership styles, Leaders & Followers
  • Team Leadership
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Language & Identity
  • Values & Ethics
  • Learning & Change


Lectures and seminar discussions alternate with written group assignments and feedback.


The student will get one single grade, equivalent to 7,5 credits.


Assessment forms encompass group-based written submissions, seminar performance, and a final individual written essay. The grade for the entire course is based on an assessment of all parts of the examination. Grading criteria are presented in the study guide that applies to the course section. The following grades will be used: VG (pass with distinction), G (pass) and U (fail). Examinations handed in late will not be assessed except under special circumstances. Any remaining supplemental work must be handed in by the deadline specified in the study guide.

For students who have not received a passing grade for the course, there is the opportunity to be examined without re-registration via make-up examination.


If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.


Uppsala University does not accept cheating or plagiarism. Suspected incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported to the Vice-Chancellor, which may issue a formal warning to the student or suspend the student from studies for a certain period.


NOTE: Only completed courses can count toward a degree.

Other directives

The course substitutes/overlaps among others: Leadership 2FE229.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Barmeyer, Christoph I.; Bausch, Madeleine; Mayrhofer, Ulrike Constructive intercultural management : integrating cultural differences successfully

    Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, [2021]

    Find in the library