JRDP Courses and workshops

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JRDP courses

The Junior Researcher Development Programme (JRDP) aims to provide you with different courses and workshops to support your career development during your employment at AU. We offer three courses which focus on development of transferable skills such as Project management, Understanding organisations and Leadership and in addition you can participate in a number of  career courses and entrepreneurship courses offered by AU Career PHD & JR and Science for Society respectively.  

The programme also offers a workshop in strategic career thinking for new junior researchers which can support you in understanding which skills and experiences that are essential for the career path you are considering.

Be aware that your own faculty also offer courses that are relevant for your career development. Some but not all of these can be found in the event calendar.

Intro Workshop: Introduction to strategic career thinking

This workshop is for new junior researchers (postdocs and assistent professors) who are interested in getting the most out of their research years at Aarhus University by working with strategic career planning. The goal of the workshop is to encourage you to work with your own career development by providing you with tools to develop a conscious and focused approach to your postdoc and further career.

The workshop is part of the Junior Researcher Development Programme and serves as an introduction to how you can integrate the various parts of the programme in the best possible way to support your career development. The workshop is three hours long, and the participants are junior researchers from all faculties.

In the workshop, we will consider what makes a successful post doc: how to plan ahead and how to navigate and think strategically in order to achieve your desired goals. 

For inspiration, we will use case studies of former researchers from AU to see if we can identify common themes in their career progression.

Outcomes of the workshop:

  • Understand how career planning during your postdoc will strengthen your ability to navigate in the research environment.
  • Identify pitfalls and helpers in relation to career progression.
  • Understand how to take the lead in your own career development

Facilitator: Vibeke Broe, AU Career PhD and JR

Date: May 16th 2019 from 14-17pm

Project Management

The next Project management course will be held in November/December 2019. The webpage will be updated as soon as dates are found.

Objectives of the course:

The objective of the course is to take a practitioners approach to project management focusing on both technical and sociocultural skills.

Learning outcomes and competences:

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

·         Describeanalyze and apply technical and sociocultural project management methods, models and

          tools related to the managerial process of a project

·         List, select and apply relevant methods, models, and tools to manage the lifecycle of a project

·         Manage and execute low to medium complex projects


Compulsory programme:

·         Five course days with active participation. Participants who are absent more than one day will not be able to pass the course unless special arrangement has been agreed with the course lecturers

Individual / group assignment which is part of the assessment. Each student will be asked to select a “real life” project in an organization, which should be examined in an empirical study. The project can be any type in private or public organizations as well as research projects. The assignment can be fulfilled either individually or in groups of maximum three students, however the exam report is prepared individually


Course contents:

Technical skills:

·         Scope, WBS, schedules, resource allocation, budgets, organization, resources and risks

Sociocultural skills:

·         Leadership, problem solving, teamwork, negotiation, politics and customer expectations

Project life cycle skills (inspired by PRINCE2-2009):

·         Initiating, directing, controlling and closing a project. Managing product delivery and stage boundary



It is recommended, but not a prerequisite, that the student has a basic knowledge about projects either obtained from work in organizations, being part of research project(s) or others.


The course is expected to be held in August/September 2019. We will update this page as soon as we know more.

Understanding Organizations in Theory and Practice

3 day course in Understanding Organizations – in Theory and Practice,

25-26.April & 29.May 2019


(please note that signing up does not guarantee you a place in the course. We will inform you about acceptance into the course 4 weeks before the first course day)

Objectives of the course:

This course will help you better understand how organizations work and how to succeed in organizational life. Organizations are complex entities that vary across many dimensions. The course will present theory about different organizational structures and how they affect internal processes. It will also focus on organizations as complex social systems and explain some of the reasons why some people tend to succeed in organizations much more than others. The course will enable you to better understand organizational dynamics and use such knowledge to pursue both your own and your workplace’s goals and targets. 

Learning outcomes and competencies:

Understanding organizational dynamics and why organizations work the way they do is paramount to be able to perform in organizational settings. Therefore, the objective of this course is to present theories about organizations that will help participants see through the organizational complexity and effectively work to obtain individual as well as organizational goals.

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Describe and analyze different organizational structures, and how they relate to organizations external opportunities and challenges and internal processes.
  • Understand and apply organizational behavior theories including how employees are motivated and how organizational influence is obtained and used
  • Diagnose and analyze organizational problems and propose solutions and how they should be implemented

Taken together these learning objectives relate to some of the most fundamental elements of organizations. The course will enable participants to understand why different types of organizations adopt different strategies and structures, and how these affect employees and what they do. No matter the specific work task, be it more technical or more administrative or managerial, such knowledge is important and help answer questions about how work is affected by organizational structures, values, decision making, and culture.

Compulsory programme:

3 course days with active participation. Participation in all course days is expected.

The course takes place over two modules:

  • Module 1: 25-26 April 2019 (2 days) 09:00 - 15:00
  • Module 2: 29 May 2019 (1 day) 09:00 - 15:00

Group assignment which is part of the assessment. Each group will be asked to identify a “real challenge” in an organization, which should be examined based on the course topics and theories. Group work will end with a presentation on the last day of the course. Groups consist of 4-6 participants.

Course contents:

  • Organizational elements: Structure, Strategy, Technology, People, Culture
  • Organizational life: Motivation and job satisfaction, Power and influence

Course practicalities:

Registration deadline:  25 March 2019

 Language: English

Level of course: AU talent course

Course Structure:

1.    Module: April 25-26 2019 in Preben Hornung Stuen, AU Conference center, Frederik Nielsens vej 2-4,  

             8000 Aarhus C

2.     Module: May 29 2019 in M1, AU Conference center, Frederik Nielsens vej 2-4,  

             8000 Aarhus C

Course participants will also be doing individual and group assignment between the two modules

Capacity limits Min. 12 and max. 24 participants


  • Course Coordinator & lecturer: Professor Anders Villadsen, Department of Management + possibly a guest lecturer

Type of course/teaching methods:

Lectures, exercises, cases, group work, discussions, group assignment analyzing an organization, and presentations


·       Most chapters from: Daft, Murphy, and Willmott: Organization Theory and Design. 3 ed. Cengage. 2017. ( 2017ISBN 9781473726383) 

·       Selected journal papers

·       Optional: Fisman, R. and Sullivan, T. The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office. Princeton University Press. 2015

Course assessment:

Presentation of organizational analysis in groups.