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MF2087 Innovation Management - Theory and Practice 7.5 credits

Course memo Autumn 2022-51951

Version 1 – 08/26/2022, 1:43:33 PM

Course offering

Autumn 2022-1 (Start date 29/08/2022, English)

Language Of Instruction


Offered By

ITM/Machine Design

Course memo Autumn 2022

Course presentation

The focus of the course is on the scientific literature on how value is created and realized and how that work is organized and managed. The literature relates to innovation and product development, which is often a technical development work, but the literature is also often more general, which is why a broader perspective on innovation and development is given. The course is mainly own studies of scientific articles but also an analytical work that deals with how the theory can be utilized in practice. The students work to a large extent individually but also in small groups. The examination includes active participation in the seminars, oral presentation of projects and writing of essays. The project this year will be a challenge driven task where innovation management literature will be connected to critical sustainability issues of today. 

Headings denoted with an asterisk ( * ) is retrieved from the course syllabus version Autumn 2021

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

One activity in the course is students’ own studies of scientific articles that aim for the students to become familiar with the theory in innovation management and be able to relate critically to academic texts.
Students will also analyze internships, individually and in groups, to further deepen the knowledge from read articles and to be able to apply results from research in a practical context.
Furthermore, students must formulate and motivate in writing their own insights and analysis results that aim to use the theory in relation to practice, and where students should translate theory into their own texts aimed at a specified target group.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • critically analyse and evaluate literature in the area
  • independently choose literature
  • orientate oneself about some themes in the field of literature
  • evaluate the research design with regard to chosen research method and theoretical base
  • write essays of scientific character
  • adapt scientific literature to a practice oriented audience and describe in an appropriate way
  • use scientific literature to analyse problems in practice
  • bring dialogue about scientific literature in groups

Learning activities

Reading, discussing and writing are main activities in this course, which in combination with active individual reflections are critical learning mechanisms. In order to support these learning acitivities seminars are arranged and deliverables are set up that include individual written reflections and students own analysis and synthesis of scientific texts. 

Seminars are mainly taking place during the first study period with the second period left to the students to manage their own work. During this second period supervision slots are scheduled.

Students are also working in a joint project, specificallly in relation to the learning objective regarding adapting scientific literature to practice.  

Detailed plan

Learning activities Content Preparations
Seminars Discussion of pre-selected papers.  Reading and writing individual reflections of selected papers. 
Project Discussion of own selected papers and translating these into "practice applicable content".  Planning of project, reading papers, analyzing papers, searching for and qualitay assuring new information.  
Writing essay Presenting own selected papers and translating these into "practice applicable content".  Reading, analyzing and  synthesizing papers and writing in essay format. 


Preparations before course start


A selection of scientific articles that are listed at the beginning of the course.

Examination and completion

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LIT3 - Literature analysis, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Project, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The section below is not retrieved from the course syllabus:

Literature analysis ( LIT3 ) (Divided in to two parts/two deliverables.)

Project ( PRO2 )

Project ( SEM1 )

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Start date

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Course offering

  • Autumn 2022-51951

Language Of Instruction


Offered By

ITM/Machine Design