ME2017 Project Management: Leading Project-based Operations 6.0 credits

Projektledning: Ledning av projektbaserad verksamhet

Projects as a form of work organisation is becoming increasingly usual in all sectors of society, and project management thus become a usual work task for an increasing number of employees in companies and authorities. Most of the university students of today will in just a few years after graduation become involved in leading positions in project-based work. Many of the major employers of engineers are introducing project-based structures, even in the daily ongoing operations. Swedish industry are therefore becoming increasingly dependent upon its ability to organize project-based operations effectively – to develop its project competence.

In this advanced course, we focus on the implications of management and control in multi-project settings, i.e. operations where several projects are executed simultaneously. While this kind of settings have become increasingly usual during the past two decades, the development of theories and models for managing them has not unfolded that fast. Compared to the theoretical body of knowledge regarding management of single projects, multi-project management is still a field in development. During the course, we will therefore examine the current research literature within the field, and relate it to practical experiences from different industrial settings. A part of the work in the course will also be to develop and formulate own ideas and reflections on multi-project management as a field of research and practice.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Industrial Management
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P4 (6.0 credits)

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  • Campus

    KTH Campus

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  • Number of places *

    Min. 5

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places.

  • Schedule

    Schedule (new window)

  • Course responsible

    Anna Jerbrant <>

  • Teacher

    Anna Jerbrant <>

  • Target group

    Open for all programmes

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to develop the student’s knowledge of industrial project management and management of project-based operations. After passing the course, the participant shall be well prepared to take part in managerial functions in industrial projects.

To pass the course you should be able to:

  • Give account for how projects as a work form historically have developed to an important organizational principle, and also explain its effects on modern Swedish industry

  • Give account for and also give examples of methods and models for programme- and project portfolio management in a multi project setting

  • Explain and adapt the tools and techniques used to initiate, establish and execute programme and project portfolios in a multi-project setting

  • Explain what a project management office is and what responsibilities it normally has.

  • Develop a multi project management model for a specific project-based organization

  • Categorize and summarize the problems that arise when it comes to learning, knowledge management and communication in a multi project setting. And also be able to explain how these normally is handled.

  • For a higher grade you should also be able to:

  • Describe, explain and analyse how, and with what purpose, a project management office can and should be placed in the organizational design depending on what kind of business being projectified

  • Describe, explain and analyze what challenge multi project management often faces, and at the same time which limits traditional (muti) project management literature has concerning this

  • Describe what individual and organizational problems that arises in a multi project seetting and also reason around how these should/could be handled depending of what kind of business being projectified

  • Describe, analyze and reason around how the concept of Project Maturity can be used and enhanced in a multi project setting to increase its competiveness.

Course main content

This course 's overall objective is to provide in-depth theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of current research within the project management area. The course is therefore designed to provide students with research-based expertise focused on management of project-based organizations.

This means that questions regarding management, control and organizing of project intensive activities are in focus, for instance processes for project selection, prioritization and resource allocation are discussed. Also issues regarding organizing of project management offices, program management, project maturity and project expertise in organizations and the benefits of standardized models for project management will be covered. Furthermore, the course gives insights on the challenges for human resource management, evaluation and learning in project-based organizations.


A basic course in Project Management is needed (ME1306, ME2015, ME2016 for instance) or similar.

Documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.


Will be announced in the course PM.


  • INL1 - Assignments, 2.0, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM2 - Seminar, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

An approved examination and assignments.

Mandatory participation in seminars and guest lectures.

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management


Anna Jerbrant,, +46 8 67 85


Anna Jerbrant <>

Supplementary information

Replaces 4D1049 and 4D1072


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2017.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2012.