Bachelor Programs in Leadership: The Beginning of a Profession

  • Allan Næs Gjerding
  • Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen
  • René Nesgaard Nielsen
  • Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen


Based on an integrative approach to practical wisdom and theoretical knowledge, the chapter proposes a bachelor program on leadership based on four somewhat controversial propositions: First, theoretical learning is relevant only to the extent that students have opportunities for applying theoretical knowledge in practice. Second, relevance is created by including extra-university communities of practice in teaching and education. Third, the major part of the curriculum is created by the students themselves in terms of analyses and practical experience emerging from the interaction with extra-university communities of practices. Fourth, in consequence, while a baseline of competencies is provided by the program, there is no uniform profile because each student specializes differently.


Management learning Leadership Phronesis Epistemic reasoning University-industry collaboration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan Næs Gjerding
    • 1
  • Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen
    • 1
  • René Nesgaard Nielsen
    • 1
  • Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Business and ManagementAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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