ME1313 Industrial and Technical Transformation 6.0 credits

Industriell och teknisk omvandling

This is an advanced course in Industrial Dynamics focusing on mechanisms behind technical and industrial transformation. It is based on Shumpeterian and evolutionary economic theory. These theories are discussed from a qualitative standpoint.

Key words:

Advanced industrial dynamics, the role of R&D and science in innovation, non science based innovations, innovation indicators, knowledge formation processes/learning, innovation and economic growth, endogenous growth theory, innovation policy, evolutionary theory, institutional economics, systems of innovation.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course intends to provide knowledge of mechanisms and dynamic processes behind industrial and technological transformation. To achieve this, the course is built-up around three modules:

  • Lectures that should help the students to understand and be able to apply theories and models. 
  • Assignments to learn to apply models and be able to critically reflect on analyses.
  • Seminars to help the students to reflect, discuss and debate their solutions to given questions and problems.
  • Written examination in the form of a test and a project report.

Intended learning outcomes *

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

  1. describe and explain theories and models that are used in the research field industrial dynamics
  2. describe and explain the dynamic development processes in the Swedish industrial policy development
  3. explain models and concepts in strategic management of technological innovation work
  4. apply theories, models and concepts in a given empirical context experiencing industrial transformation
  5. describe and explain mechanisms and dynamic processes behind industrial and technological transformation
  6. critically reflect on a given analysis approach, analysis and its conclusions

Course Disposition

See the course syllabus.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

ME1314 Introduction to Industrial Engineering and Management completed

Participated in ME1310 Economics for I

Recommended prerequisites

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Course literature will be announced at the start of the course.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • INL1 - Assignment, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 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

See the course syllabus.

Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

Decided by the examiner.


Niclas Arvidsson

Further information

Course web

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Course web ME1313

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study *


Education cycle *

First cycle

Add-on studies

ME2093 Technological and Industrial Change


Niklas Arvidsson (

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

Only open for students admitted to the MSC in Engineering programme Industrial Engineering and Managment (CINEK)

Add-on: ME2093 Technological and Industrial Change

The course is not for exchange students.