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ME2059 Gender, Organization and Management 6.0 credits

As an engineer in work life most time is spent in different groups and organizations and you will probably work as a project leader or a manager and be responsible for coordinating people and for personnel. In interaction with technology, problem solving and economy there are also issues of leadership, collaboration between people and human resources as important strategic challenges for organizations development and competitiveness. Questions of gender equality and diversity are often integrated in these challenges. Gender equality and diversity are issues that are often perceived as difficult which mangers and leaders have to handle. The goal of the course is to provide knowledge about theories on organizations and gender. You will gain knowledge about our work life and to be able to handle tools to describe and analyze organizations and technology from a gender and diversity perspective. You will focus on the managerial opportunities departing from issues regarding gender equality and diversity in organizations.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME2059 (Spring 2012–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course draws on research mainly regarding gender, but also ethnicity and sexuality in organizations. Knowledge is related to theories on feminism, gender system, gender in organizations according to structure, culture, leadership, change, gender equality and diversity.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the participants will be able to:

  • formulate what a gender perspective on organizations means
  • explain why the numbers of women and men in a group/organization matter and how the work place culture is related to the working conditions of men and women
  • describe the meaning of central concepts, such as gender, gender segregation (vertical and horizontal), gender structure, discrimination as a structure (direct and indirect), gendered meanings, and gender order
  • provide examples of common discourses of gender equality/diversity and identify what consequences the discourses will have for the interpretation of work for change in organizations
  • identify and explain different methods of change, important actors in work for change and expected resistance against work for change
  • describe and analyze the gender order in an organization and reflect on the consequences it will have for women’s and men’s possibilities to gain access to influence and power in organizations

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

120 hp and documented proficiency in Swedish B and English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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To be determined.

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


  • TEN2 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN3 - 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

  • Active participation at seminars
  • TEN1 - Written examination (3,0 hp)
  • ANN1- Written Assignment (3,0 hp)


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 ME2059

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Anna Wahl,, +46 8 790 67 59

Supplementary information

Replaces ME2058.