ME1008 Work Organization and Leadership 6.0 credits

Arbetsorganisation och ledarskap

This course provides insight to leadership theories, groups’ dynamics and aspects for effective leadership – with a particular focus on organizational and leadership issues in manufacturing companies.

The course is based on n experiential learning approach where a combination of lectures and theoretical studies are paired with practical skill developing exercises in groups. Assistants instruct groups of eight to ten engineering students, where the students are given the opportunity to manage and work in groups. The experiences from the exercises are than the base for reflection over ones own and others behaviors in a leadership context.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the development and basic principles of the industrial system and work organization
  • Describe and apply principles for work organization and methods for functional integration
  • Explain and distinguish management concepts such as: TQM, lean production and outsourcing
  • Explain principles and models for implementation of change in work organizations
  • Explain different types of team, roles in team and the development process of a group
  • Define, describe and illustrate different types of leadership and leadership models
  • read and explain ones own behaviour in group dynamic processes, as leader and as follower

Intended learning outcomes *

The aim of the course in “Work organization and leadership” is to prepare the student for a role as a leader in working life with special attention to preconditions in manufacturing companies.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Basic Course in Industrial Management,

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • SEM2 - Seminars, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 3.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade *

Take-home exam. Approved seminar exercises and papers. Participation in 100% of seminars and on the first lecture .

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Matti Kaulio

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web ME1008

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study *

Industrial Management

Education cycle *

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Matti Kaulio,, +46 8 790 76 07

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.

Supplementary information

Established autumn 1995. 

Replaces 4D1075 and ME2401