ME2075 Leadership and Power in Industrial Organisations: Perspectives of Gender and Diversity 6.0 credits

Ledarskap och makt i industriella organisationer: genusperspektiv och aspekter på mångfald

As an engineer in work life, most time is spent in different groups and organizations. 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 but 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.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course is based on research mainly about gender in organisations, but also research about ethnicity, class, age, nationality and sexuality in organisations (intersectional theory). The knowledge is connected to feministic theory, gender and organisation in relation to structure and culture, leadership, change and equal opportunities and diversity.

Intended learning outcomes *

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

  1. Formulate what gender and diversity perspective means in organisations
  2. Explain why number and gender distribution have importance in groups and organisations and how organisation culture can be related to structural conditions in organisations
  3. Describe what central concepts e g gender diversity, gender structure, structural discrimination (directly and indirectly), genderization, excluding and inclusion, means in organisations
  4. Give example of common discourses about equal opportunities and diversity and be able to identify which consequences the discourses have for interpretations of change management in organisations
  5. Identify and explain different change methods, important change agents and different forms of resistance against change management
  6. Describe and analyse power relations in organisations and be able to reflect on consequences for different categories with regard to power and influence in organisations

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Achieved the requirements for a Degree of Bachelor
Documented knowledge equivalent to English B

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Course litterature will be announced at the start of the course.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • INL1 - Assignment, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN3 - Exam, 4.0 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 *

Compulsory attendance at certain course components.

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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Anna Wahl

Further information

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Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study *

Industrial Management

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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Anna Wahl, 08-790 67 59

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.

Supplementary information

Replaces ME2059

For TIEMM students who read the course ME2312, track "Management & Leadership in Contemporary Organization",  spring 2015 cannot read ME2075 also. If you have questions about this, please contact PA Anna Jerbrant, or