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ME2018 Leading Temporary Organizations and Projects 6.0 credits

As a field of knowledge and practice, project management is an increasingly important perspective on operations management in contemporary society. Apart from implying new forms of leadership and control where single projects and multi-project settings are concerned, the “projectification” of society also imply new practices and perspectives on business management in general. In this course, we will study modern project management from three main perspectives. First, project management is considered as an operations form, thereby combining project management and operations management. Second, we will look into special managerial problems of project-based operations. Third, we will discuss the current knowledge development in the field of project management and have a closer look at some current research perspectives.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME2018 (Autumn 2010–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is focused on organisation and leadership issues in a variety of temporary organizations. Leadership in inter-organizational projects, transnational projects, strategic alliances and entrepreneurial/intra-preneurial ventures are discussed by means of contemporary research perspectives such as project psychology, critical management theories and the sociology of ‘the temporary society’. Project management and multi-project management are also re-visited from these perspectives. Included is also a module where the organizing of temporary operations facilities in the construction sector is discussed with reference to the ‘temporarization’ of the economy. The course prepares for managerial duties in projects including Human Resource Management responsibilities. Leading researchers and practitioners participate as teachers and guest teachers.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to develop advanced in-depth knowledge on leading different forms of temporary organizations, departing from several contemporary perspectives in operations management and project management research. After passing the course, the student shall be able to analyse and handle managerial problems in several types of temporary organizations. In detail, this means that the student shall be able to:

  • Describe the connections, similarities and differences between project management and general operations management.
  • Describe, analyse and solve managerial problems in different forms of dispersed and/or network-based projects
  • Use bibliographical databases for continuous learning and development within the fields of project management and operations management.
  • Apply contemporary research perspectives for the practical solving of managerial problems in project-based operations.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic course in industrial management, 6,0 hp och a basic course in project management or production, 5,0 hp. Documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Will be presented at course start.

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


  • SEM1 - Seminar, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Comprehensive written exam, written assignments and active participation in seminars.

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 ME2018

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Johann Packendorff,, +46 8 790 60 58

Supplementary information

Established Spring 2007 

Replaces 4D1404 and ME2406