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ME2016 Project Management: Leadership and Control 6.0 credits

Projects are in many industrial and technology-intensive organisations a dominating work form, by which complex deliveries, research and development endeavours, entrepreneurial and innovative activities, and change programmes are handled. This course is a summary of the project management discipline, taking research-based knowledge into practical application in project work.

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME2016 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Project that working method becomes everything more common in soon said all social sectors, and project management become thereby a common task for everything several employees in both companies and administration, in both continuous activities that research and development. In practice, most of today´s science and technology students will somehow be involved in project-based work within only a few years after graduation from higher education. Several of the largest employers of recent engineering graduates have completely or partly changed to be project-based organisations, which suggets that daily production is also organised as projects.

The emergence of projects as a central working method is mirrored by an even clearer 'professionalisation' of the project manager role.Those who continuously have the responsibility for large industrial projects are often professional project managers, and they have in addition to their first-cycle studies also a deep understanding of so-called project management theory, which is the research-oriented basis of the project work.Project management theory includes many models that can be used for successful generation organisation, management and team leadership of/in projects.These models must be used at the same time with assessment and reflection. Recent research in project management, for which the Department left lndustrial Economics and Organisation is nationally and internationally renowned, emphasises therefore also the importance of leadership, organisation, ethics and a sustainable working environment in the development of industrial project work.Accordingly, this course focuses on giving the students understanding of how project management is developed, documented and spread in the interplay between academic research and practical applications.

The course focuses on management and working methods in business, development and innovation projects in technology-intensive companies. During the course, the research-based project management theory is combined with case studies from different technology-intensive sectors and research and development work. Strong emphasis is placed on how the surrounding conditions influence the project management as well as at the role of the client.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the students should be able to:

For a passing grade E:

  1. Describe how project managers and project teams can handle complex assignments with a bearing on technology, finance, sustainability, ethics and social progress,
  2. Describe, choose and use tools to define projects and formulate project goals,
  3. Describe, choose and use tools for detailed time planning,
  4. Describe, choose and use tools for risk and uncertainty handling,
  5. Describe, choose and use tools for project budgeting and project follow-up in the carrying out of a project,
  6. Describe a project organisation, the relation between projects and their external environment as well as carry out a stakeholder analysis for a specific project,
  7. Formulate and analyse practical problems in industrial enterprise by means of project management tools and theoretical models. Using these tools and models, give recommendations on how control of a project can be prepared, executed and improved,
  8. Describe the main tasks and the areas of responsibility for a project manager over the whole life cycle of the project in industrial and technology-intensive environments as well as analyse one's own learning and knowledge development in relation to this.

For grade A – D should the students furthermore be able to:

9. Describe project management as a both practical and scientifically emerging knowledge field and based on research-based knowledge analyse complex problems in project organisation,

10. Discuss the main properties and consequences of different types of technology-intensive projects; for example business projects, development projects and renewal projects,

11. Discuss advantages, disadvantages and limitations of different project management models for example the waterfall model and agile project management and discuss concepts, frameworks and tools, and their use in industrial and technology-intensive activities.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

6 credits in basic industrial economics or business economics,

English B/ English 6 or equivalent.

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


  • INL2 - Hand in assignment, 2.8 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • KON7 - Partial exam, 1.6 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON8 - Partial exam, 1.6 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Unsupervised examination, - 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.

TEN2 is an optional examination part to achieve a higher grade than E in the course.

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

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

ME2017 Project Management: Leading Project - based Operations


Maksim Miterev (

Transitional regulations

Admitted students who have not completed earlier set quizzes (KON3 – KON6) will be assessed within the scope of KON7 and KON8.

Supplementary information

Established Autumn 06

Replaces 4D1048 and 4D1073

Course with similar/overlapping content is ME1306 and ME2015. You can only take one of these three courses.