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.

  • 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)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places *

    5 - 80

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Schedule

    Schedule (new window)

  • Planned timeslots

    P4: A2, D2. more info

  • Course responsible

    Anna Wahl <>

  • Teacher

    Anna Wahl <>

  • Target group

    Open for all programs.

  • Part of programme

Spring 20 for programme students

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 main content

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.


Lectures take place once a week, sometimes combined with seminars. Students are expected to study the literature between lectures. The lectures help the students to understand the literature. They offer possibilities to discuss and reflect on the literature and the different theories. Students are expected to actively participate in discussions to learn and practice.


ME2063 Team leadership and human resource management or ME1304 Leadership, or similar. Totally at least 30 hp whithin the discipline Industrial economics.


Meddelas vid kursstart.

Will be announced when course starts.


  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Active participation at seminars

TEN1 – Written examination 3,0 hp and TEN2 – Written examination 3,0 hp.

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management


Anna Wahl, 08-790 67 59


Anna Wahl <>

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   svl Annika Parswald,


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2013.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2013.