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Before choosing course

Most graduate engineers in Industrial Engineering and Business Management become leaders, from team leaders to business executives. Accordingly, the subject of leadership can be seen as a central part of the education. This course provides insight to leadership theories, groups’ dynamics and other important aspects for effective leadership. The course is based on a combination of lectures, theoretical studies and practical skill developing exercises in teams. 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.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus ME1304 (Autumn 2011–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course covers lecturers, group exercises, the seminar “mark with cross”, one home task that should be presented both in writing and oral and theoretical studies. Active participation is expected in all activities.

The course is divided into three blocks:

Block one is focusing on the dyadic and group dynamic leadership

Block two manage leadership in four different perspectives; power & motivation, stress & handling conflicts, ethics, gender.

Block three lifts the leadership into a strategic level.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course in leadership is to prepare the student for a role as a leader in working life with special attention to technical based businesses of e.g. production, projects, development, operations and service.

After the course, the student should be able to:

Apply basic theory of leadership and human relations in an organizational context: 

  • Explain and differentiate between the perspectives of leadership behavior, contingency theories of leadership and managerial traits and skills.
  • Explain how leadership can be described as an individual, dyadic, group, or organizational process and describe effective leadership in these processes
  • Describe different specific leader behaviors and give examples of situations where these are effective
  • Explain what effects the following perspectives has on leadership; power & motivation, stress & handling conflicts, ethics and creativity and gender.
  • Criticize the area of leadership theory by comparing different theories with own and others experiences of leadership.
  • Read and explain ones own behaviors in the following situations:

1.   Processes of group dynamics

2.   To lead/manage

3.   To follow

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

ME1301/4D1124 Industrial Economics and Management, advanced course.

Only for CINEK3.

Recommended prerequisites

ME1301 Industrial Management, Advanced course


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To be informed at the start of the course.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: 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

Participation in obligatory lecturers, active participation in group exercises, seminars and a passed home exam: interviewing a leader.

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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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

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 ME1304

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

ME2043 Business Negotiations

ME2045 Organizational Changes and Change management


Max Ricciardi, +46 31 169698

Supplementary information

Replaces ME2023