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Before choosing course

Operations management is a central task of engineers in all industries and sectors of society. It is especially central in organizations where the operations system is seen as a source of competitive advantage. Operations management is often viewed from a technical perspective, where machinery, systems layout etc is analysed, but in this course we also depart from a value creation perspective – implying that the operations system shall be designed in order to create as much customer value as possible. A third perspective in the course is change and development, where the mission of the operations manager is seen as driving continuous improvement and work organization development.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus ME2013 (Autumn 2014–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The importance of operations for a market. The role of operations and its relations to other activities in a company and between companies. Operations strategy. The meaning of productivity and effectiveness. Automatisation of manufacturing. Manufacturing functions, work organization. Enterprise resource planning. Improvement work in contemporary operations and product development work. Service management and operations. Risk management.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to give participants comprehensive knowledge of operations management in different types of industrial operations. After passing the course successfully, the student shall be able to participate in industrial operations management in their respective technological areas.

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

  • Describe why and how operations management can be used to enhance the competitiveness of modern industrial organizations
  • Describe the structure of operations management as a field of knowledge and explain basic concepts of the field
  • Describe what main work responsibilities inherent in practical operations management
  • Describe what economic trade-offs and compromises required in an operations system, and what tools and models that can be used for such analyses
  • Describe the Toyota system and other modern manufacturing philosophies, and explain how these are used in practice
  • Describe what possibilities and barriers that may appear in industrial improvement work, and state advantages and drawbacks of different change strategies
  • Perform a general analysis of a simple manufacturing system, aiming at identifying improvement areas from technical, economical and organizational perspectives

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

6 hp in Industrial Management or similar.

Exemption for those students in program CMATD, who have read the course MH1021 in autumn 2009 or 2010.

Documented proficiency in Swedish B and English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

Due to content overlap you should choose only one of these courses. ME2065 or ME2013.


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Provided during 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


  • SEM2 - Seminars, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 4,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Written exam, participation in seminars and group project report.

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 ME2013

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Established Autumn 06

Replaces 4D1032 and 4D1038