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Before choosing course

The course aims at giving an understanding of production strategies in different kinds of companies and industries. Particular consideration is dedicated to the issues that arise when the boundaries of many industrial and service companies become more blurred due to the increased importance of networks. The network based view has implications on product development, manufacturing, supply management, as well as how companies act in issues regarding ethical, social and environmental sustainability. The point of departure of the course is the strategic production issues that industrial and service companies are faced with when new products or services are to be developed and introduced on an increasingly globalised market.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus ME2014 (Spring 2010–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of lectures, seminars and group project. Examples of areas that are covered: innovation management, core competence, outsourcing, supply chain management and global production.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Describe how different corporate production strategies can affect, or be used to enhance, the competitiveness of modern industrial organizations
  • Explain the relation between innovation, outsourcing, supply chain management and global production strategies and the implication of the network concept on these four areas and the relation between them. 
  • Analyse a modern industrial organisation and of how production strategies are applied, and draw own conclusions and give recommendations on how appropriate or not a certain strategy is.
  • Describe different types of innovations, how and why firms innovate, different sources of innovation depending on the characteristics of organisations and their milieu. (e.g. size of organisation, organisational culture, type of industry)   
  • Describe and explain a model of innovation management. 
  • Describe why, how and when an outsourcing strategy can be applied, and identify the risks and opportunities with such a strategy.
  • Account for the implications of different outsourcing strategies by using real cases as examples.
  • Explain the concept of Supply Chain Management and its consequences on the production strategies of modern industrial organisations. 
  • Describe how an organisation should behave towards its suppliers depending on the characteristics of e.g. the own organisation, the supplier market, the products, services or systems to be procured and the current composition of the network of which the own organisation is part.   
  • Describe how and why the view on global production has changed over the last decades.
  • Account for concepts such as CSR, sustainable development and stakeholders.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

ME2013 Operations Management: Organization and Control.4D1032/4D1038 or equivalens

Recommended prerequisites

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Selected scientific articles and reports

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


  • PRO1 - Project, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM2 - Seminar, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

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 ME2014

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

ME2018 Leading Temporary Organizations and projects


Mandar Dabhilkar,, +46 8 790 61 74

Supplementary information

Established Spring 07

Replaces 4D1039 and 4D1170