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ME1317 Leading People and Work 6.0 credits

Engineers in management positions have a major impact on how changes in technology and society such as automation and globalization will affect the work of the future. This course deals with the needs that should be met and the requirements that should be placed on technology, work, and leadership, not only for human well-being, but also to contribute to a well-functioning business.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME1317 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The purpose of the course is to give the students understanding of questions around staff and management work and how preconditions for fellow-workers to carry out their work in an efficient and sustainable way is created. Most engineers hold during their working life different head and leadership positions where one influences the working conditions of other people. At the same time, talent management and recruitment and the ability to retain skilled and justified fellow-workers are central questions for most organisations. Inclusion, equal opportunities and social sustainability is therefore of strategic weight in modern organisations. In the course is treated inter alia the following fields:

- Work design and organisation

- Management work and leadership

- Psychology and behavioural science connected to individuals, groups and activities

- Talent management and staff strategies

- The responsibility and obligations of employers and employees

Intended learning outcomes

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

1. Describe how work and the organisation of the work are influenced by actors and functions on different levels in society from organisations, public authorities, legislation and the parties of the labour market,

2. Describe and discuss aspects that promote working environment based on staff and management work,

3. Analyse different types of work by using arbetsvetenskapliga concepts and models,

4. Discuss staff and management work connected to societal and technical change,

5. Describe and analyse staff strategies.

Course disposition

See the course syllabus.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed ME1314 Introduction to Industrial Engineering and Management

Recommended prerequisites

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Course literature will be announced 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

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


  • KON1 - Partial exams, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO1 - Project assignment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.0 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

Attendance at course seminars is compulsory.

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.


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 ME1317

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Overlapping courses: ME2163 and ME2311