This is an advanced course in transformation processes. Thereby, it is also a course on the technological processes of change (the technological dynamics) that are associated with industrial and technical transformation. The focus of the course is on analysing and understanding the mechanisms behind industrial and technical change. Historical cases give a foundation for the knowledge acquisition, but the emphasis lies on understanding possible, common and/or general mechanisms and relationships in the transformation/development process.
The innovation theory that has grown during the last decades within (mainly) the evolutionary Schumpeter influenced economical theory is a logical and necessary starting point for a course of this kind. However, this approach is far from sufficient. Business administrators, technology, economics and science historians as well as sociologists and economical geographers contribute to this research field, the range of which will be analysed in the course. Not least, there is an extensive discourse of the connection between scholarship/research on the one hand and innovations on the other
The research field is broad not only from a disciplinary point of view, but also from a methodological perspective. At one extreme end, the research issues lead to advanced quantitative (econometric) studies – at the other to qualitative, and not seldom epistemologically complex analyses. Even the notion of innovation that is central to the research field become problematic (and insufficient) when it is applied to service-based businesses – and they grow as we know – within (what we use to call) the knowledge society.
The course gives a precise overview of the research area on these fields. The course contains in itself no applied quantitative exercises but give a qualified analytical basis also/not the least for those who want to work with quantitatively orientated analysis in the area
Intended learning outcomes *
After completing the course with a passing grade the student should be able to:
describe the mechanisms behind industrial and technical processes of change based on macro, meso and micro levels
analyse and critically discuss current research in the area of Industrial dynamics with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship
independently formulate and define problems to tackle complex processes of change within industrial and technology intensive activities by means of data from various types of sources
write an academic academic paper that analyses an industrial and technical transformation process
present a project proposal and a completed academic paper orally
review and give feedback (orally and in writing) on another project proposal and on a completed project report
See the course syllabus.
Literature and preparations
Specific prerequisites *
Satisfies the requirements for a Degree of Bachelor of Science
ME1003 Industrial Management, basic course
ME2092 Management of New Technology and Industrial Creativity and ME2067 Industrial transformation and technical change.
Course literature 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
Grading scale: P, F
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