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ME2085 Transformation in Energy Systems and Industries 6.0 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course deals with the challenges and opportunities that drive transformations of energy systems and energy-related industries. This includes discussing the relevance of global challenges like climate change and sustainable development and analyzing how they contribute to transformations of energy systems and industries.

The course contains a series of lectures with an in-depth review and analysis of the drivers of transformations of energy systems and energy-related industries, as well as the mechanism of these changes from an economic, socio-technical, political and environmental perspective.

The course includes lectures on the theories and concepts for understanding energy systems and energy industries in transition, on the role of energy businesses for managing these transitions, energy-related innovation and the diffusion of innovation, business models, energy markets and the introduction of renewable energy.

The course contains an individual essay and group work. Throughout the course you will be provided with tools to carry out these assignments. In the project, and during seminars, focus will be on critical review and evaluation of the applicability of the theoretical concepts from the field of industrial dynamics for managing and leading technological and industrial change in the energy sector (energy systems and energy-related industries).

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, students are intended to be able to:

  1. empirically analyse business models in relation to energy systems and/or energy industries,
  2. explain the diffusion of innovation in relation to energy systems and/or energy industries and their role for energy transitions,
  3. discuss the mechanisms that underlie industrial transformations and technical changes and their implications in relation to energy systems and/or energy industries,
  4. evaluate theoretical concepts and current research from the field of industrial dynamics for managing technological and industrial change processes in relation to energy systems and/or energy industries,
  5. analyse industrial and technological change and independently discuss problem formulations and their solutions to tackle complex change in energy systems and/or energy industries,
  6. present results and conclusions based on a scientific investigation for different types of audiences (e.g. academia, business).

Course disposition

See the course syllabus.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Achieved the requirements for a Bachelor's degree

ME1003 Industrial management, basic course completed.

Recommended prerequisites

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A selection of about 10+ academic articles and recommended books on research methodology (will be announced at the start of the course).

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


  • INL1 - Assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM3 - Seminars, 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.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

See the course syllabus.

Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

Decided by the examiner.


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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 ME2085

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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