ME1304 Leadership 6.0 credits


Please note

This course has been cancelled.

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.

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

    Industrial Management
  • Grading scale

    P, F

Last planned examination: spring 00.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

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 main content

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.


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

Only for CINEK3.

Recommended prerequisites

ME1301 Industrial Management, Advanced course


To be informed at the start of the course.


  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 3.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

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

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management


Max Ricciardi, +46 31 169698


Matti Kaulio <>

Supplementary information

Replaces ME2023

Add-on studies

ME2043 Business Negotiations

ME2045 Organizational Changes and Change management


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2011.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2010.