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ME2079 Case Method and Self-leadership 6.0 credits

The engineers of today and the future face complex problems and challenges. The course helps participants to solve them by being able to lead themselves and others better. They will also receive a theoretical and practical understanding of how real problems can be solved in different group sizes, using a clear case solution methodology. The problems solved are those that large technology-based companies and innovation-driven businesses face. The course is experience-based and rely on active participation during the seminars.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME2079 (Spring 2013–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course will give participants an opportunity to develop their skills in self-leadership as well as cooperation in case solving.

The course consists of two parallel seminar series, which also links to each others. The first concerns the case method in industrial businesses. The first hour in these seminars focus on a specific framework, then the participants will practice solving a case and the last hour will be a guest lecture from a leader in the business world. In this stream, participants practice the various stages of case solving:

1.    Problem definition

2.    Problem structuring

3.    Prioritization and action plan

4.    Analysis

5.    Develop recommendations

The second seminar serie consists of experiential modules where participants get practical tools to lead themselves and others:

1.    Values

2.    Authenticity

3.    Strengths

4.    Vision

5.    Action plan

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims to give participants the opportunity to develop their own self-leadership and methods in case solving. After completing the course the student will be able to;

1.    Solve real cases in various group sizes

2.    Understand the interaction between case solving and leadership

3.    Define and structure problems faced by different types of organizations

4.    Prioritize what analysis should be done and come up with a clear action plan

5.    Communicate recommendations after completing the analysis

6.    Develop the ability to lead him-/herself and others

7.    Create a clarity in his/her own self-leadership, own values and how it links to the personal leadership

8.    Understand his/her skills, core strengths and the best use of them in different situations

9.    Create a clear personal vision and action plan for his/her future career

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The participant must have courses in Industrial Management corresponding to a minimum of 30 credits. One of the courses  must be a basic course in industrial management or similar.

For students enrolled to year 4 or masterstudent. Not open for exchange students.

Recommended prerequisites

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Meddelas vid kursstart.

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INL2 - Assignment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, 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 seminars
  • Submissions of reflections of the case before the seminars that focus on case method
  • Submissions of personal reflections before the seminars that focus on self-leadership
  • Completed group project in which the participants in a team solve and communicate a real case from an organization to the participants in the class as well as the specific organization

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 ME2079

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Dominic Von Martens (, 0702-368757

Supplementary information

Elective for al master programs. The course has limited number of seats. Evaluation letter is use for distributing seats. Send letter to  before November 15.