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ME1308 Operations Strategy for I 6.0 credits

The module on operations strategy is focused on how companies can achieve and maintain their long-term competitiveness. Theories and cencepts on operations strategy are discussed in relation to analysis, design and control of enterprise product and service offerings and associated value adding processes. The module offers further conceptual and empirical insights into production and service strategies and the conditions required for these to be successfully realised within the cmopany and across the supply chain.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, åk 2, Mandatory

Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, åk 2, DTOI, Mandatory

Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, åk 2, EHUI, Mandatory

Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, åk 2, PPUI, Mandatory

Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, åk 2, TMAI, Mandatory


P2 (6.0 hp)


28 Oct 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 10

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME1308 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The aim is, that the course participants on completion of the course understand how different types of industrial activities are designed and are led and how they should be prepared to participate in analysis and implementation of industrial business strategies. The course gives an introduction to key concepts and models in the area of operations management. Different ways to design the activities are highlighted by bottlenecks and limitations in resources and processes are analysed and connected to costs for resource consumption and performance. Different types of analysis models are presented, and choice of strategy for business development is discussed. Specific perspectives such as responsibility and sustainability are emphasised. The course consists of thematic modules that contain lectures on basic concepts and models and numerical exercises, seminars and business simulations that deepen and concretises the learning.

Intended learning outcomes

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

1. Explain how industrial and other activities can be designed and how new technical solutions influence process choices and process design,

2. Explain how value adding processes can be planned and controlled and how external uncertainties and disturbances influence decisions about capacity dimensioning, both in production and in service activities,

3. Explain how business processes can be designed and organised based on human preconditions and needs,

4. Explain how companies can design, plan and control their supply chains in an optimal way,

5. Explain how companies can organise and lead development of new value offerings, regarding both product and service innovations,

6. Describe different business strategies and explain how these can be used to implement a general company strategy and identify which possibilities and obstacles that can exist in industrial strategy work,

7. Describe how responsibility and sustainability can be incorporated in the strategy work.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

ME1314 Introduction to Industrial Engineering and Management completed

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

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


  • SEM3 - Seminars, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Open only for CINEK.

Not for exchange students.