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Personal Leadership in Times of Disruption

Maastricht Summer School
Netherlands, Maastricht
Maastricht Summer School Netherlands, Bonnefantenstraat 2, 611 KL Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tuition fee €800.00 per programme


The workplace faces radical changes under the influence of robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. From managers and employees, this requires flexibility, adaptability and skills that match personal core values, in other words: personal leadership.

This Summer Course is a two week 4 ECTS program focused on adding a personal dimension to the participants’ knowledge acquired in their 3rd year bachelor curriculum.
This Summer Course aims to go beyond mere textbook knowledge. The focus lies more on recent insights, in-depth understanding and practical application.

Topics in Week 1. Leadership, Personal Leadership:
• Leadership vs. management
• Employees vs followers
• Cross-cultural leadership
• The international manager/leader
• On ethics, on integrity, on trust
• Personal leadership

Topics in Week 2. Times of Disruption
• Origin of disruptive technologies
• Impact of disruptive technologies on society and organizations
• Artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics on the work floor
• Alignment between man and machine
• Lifelong learning or universal basic income
• Leading in times of disruption

Depending on the number of participants, the sequence of topics can vary.

The main goals of this course are:
1. To define a thorough understanding of the growing need for personal leadership in times of disruption.
2. To provide conceptual and practical frameworks for successfully managing people and teams in times of disruption
3. To identify new developments in the field of managing and aligning people.
4. To develop the necessary insights and skills for managers and leaders to operate successfully in a rapidly developing environment.

Instruction language

Suitable for 3rd year bachelor students

Recommended literature
• The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators; Jeffrey H. Dyer, Hal B. Gregersen, Clayton M. Christensen (2011); Harvard Business Review Press; ISBN-10: 9781422134818.
• Machine, Platform, Crowd, harnessing our digital future; Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson (2017); Norton & Co.; ISBN 978-0-393-25429-7
• What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation; Gary Hamel (2012); Jossey-Bass; ISBN-10: 1118120825

Furthermore a variety of articles regarding the content of the course as well as websites such as, Singularity Hub,,

Teaching methods
Lectures, Presentations, Assignments, Skills, Work in subgroups.

Assessment methods
Attendance, Participation, Observation, Assignment, Presentation
Peer review.

Leadership, Personal Leadership, Management, Disruption, Alignment, Talent Management, Disruptive Technologies.

Apply now! Block 7.2 2018/19
Application deadline
Jun 1, 2019 23:59
Europe/Amsterdam time
Studies commence
Aug 12, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States