1824 Advanced Strategic Leadership
Ana Godonoga, M.Sc., Univ.Prof. Dr. Barbara Schachermayer-Sporn
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/22/21 to 10/18/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Thursday 11/18/21 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.1.02
Thursday 11/25/21 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM Online-Einheit
Thursday 12/02/21 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM Online-Einheit
Thursday 12/09/21 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM Online-Einheit
Thursday 12/16/21 08:00 AM - 10:30 AM Online-Einheit

Building on the content of the course “Strategic Management and Strategic Leadership”, the “Advanced Strategic Leadership” course starts with a brief introduction to the fundamental theories and concepts of Strategy and Leadership. The course, however, focuses more in-depth on concepts and theories of strategic leadership. In this regard, key aspects, including the essence and scope of strategic leadership, the role, characteristics and experience of executives and their relationship to organizational outcomes are discussed. The course also presents different approaches to business-level and global strategies and reflects on their implications for strategic leaders.

Learning outcomes

Students who have passed this course successfully are able to:

· explain the role of strategy, strategic management and strategic leadership in an organization;

· distinguish between different types of leadership;

· understand the influence of situations on leader behavior;

· recognize the importance of leadership training and development in organizations;

· describe the two generic business strategies, understand their differences and their implications for strategic leaders;

· assess the drivers that shape global strategies and their implications for strategic leaders.

In addition, students will hone their communication and presentation skills through interactive group assignments. By the end of the course, students will be able to systematically apply concepts and theories of strategic leadership through in-depth analysis of case studies. By working hands-on on real case scenarios, students will be able to understand the application of theory to practice.

Attendance requirements

Attendance in all block sessions is mandatory. Unexcused absence results in failing the class. The last two-hour session in the schedule is reserved for the final exam. All students must attend the first class!

Teaching/learning method(s)

The course involves a variety of teaching methods including lectures, in-class discussions, case studies, reading assignments, group assignments and oral presentations. This pedagogical approach aims to enhance students’ learning and knowledge of the subject, as well their presentation, expression and teamwork skills, which are highly relevant in the labor market. The content and structure of the course are based on the textbooks “Strategic Management”, by Frank T. Rothaermel, and “Leadership in Organizations”, by Gary Yukl and William L. Gardner III. These textbooks cover fundamental aspects of modern strategic management and strategic leadership. They are available at the WU library.


· Take-home exam: 20 points

· Learning diary: 10 points

· Group assignments: 30 points

· Final exam: 40 points


Excellent (1)

90% - 100%

Good (2)

80% - 89%

Satisfactory (3)

70% - 79%

Sufficient (4)

60% - 69%

Fail (5)


Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

This course is available to students of the Cross-Functional Management Program and incoming Bachelor’s students. Although not mandatory, completion of Strategic Management and Strategic Leadership is strongly recommended prior to attending this course.

For questions concerning enrolment please contact the Coordinator of the Cross Functional Management Programme at




1 Author: Frank T. Rothaermel

Strategic Management

Publisher: McGraw Hill Education
Edition: 5
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
2 Author: Gary Yukl and William L. Gardner III

Leadership in Organizations

Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Edition: 9
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
Recommended previous knowledge and skills

One assessment component of this course is a take-home case application which draws on the material taught in Strategic Management and Strategic Leadership. Students are therefore strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the fundamentals of strategic management and strategic leadership (definition and types of strategies, external analysis of industry structure, internal analysis of a firm's core competencies, competitive advantage and firm performance, and definitions of leadership). Please refer to Chapters 1-5 (Rothärmel, Frank T. (2021). Strategic management, 5th ed.) and Chapters 1-2 (Yukl, Gary A./Gardner, William L. (2020). Leadership in organizations, 9th ed.) for an overview of fundamentals of strategic management and strategic leadership.

Availability of lecturer(s)

If you have any questions concerning this course content please feel free to contact us.

Barbara Sporn -

Ana Godonoga -


Unit details
Unit Date Contents
1 November 18 (10:00 - 15:00)

· Introduction to the course

· Chapter 6: Business Strategy (FR)

· Chapter 10: Global Strategy (FR)

· Take-home exam

2 November 25 (9:00 - 14:00)

· Chapter 3: The Leadership Situation and Adaptive Leadership (GY)

· Chapter 4: Decision Making and Empowerment by Leaders (GY)

· Leadership challenges and adaptive leadership in the university context: The case of WU

· Decision style exercise applying the normative decision model



3 December 2 (9:00 - 14:00)

· Chapter 5: Leading Change and Innovation (GY)

· Chapter 11: Leadership in teams and decision groups (GY)

· Analysing leadership speeches using videos





4 December 9 (9:00 - 14:00)

· Chapter 12: Strategic Leadership in Organizations (GY)

· Chapter 14: Developing Leadership Skills (GY)

· Role play: Developing leadership skills


5 December 16 (8:00 - 10:30)

     · Final exam

Last edited: 2021-09-07