This course aims to provide students with an overview of the field. Industrial management, introduce central concepts and illuminate the dynamics and challenges in this field. By applyinga systems perspective on Industrial management the course offers insight into the scope of the area, the coherence between its various parts as well as clarifications of the links between technology and management. In addition, the concept of sustainability is introduced and treated specifically in relation to the subject area.
The system approach in this course consists of three perspectives - the individual, the functional and the industrial perspective. Based on these perspectives, the course will cover the area of industrial management through a combination of lectures, guest lectures from industry representatives, case-based projects and a study visit. Each perspective is illustrated also by literature in the form of a number of scientific papers and reports.
The pedagogical approach can be characterized as "problem based learning" (PBL), which is the basis for the entire course structure. The PBL approach is not only chosen to support and achieve the specific course objectives in this course, but also relates to the role that the course has in the Master's program Industrial management. For example to change the "mindset " of students - from engineer's "problem solving" to the managerial "problem formulation" and also by the development of cooperative and communicative abilities, and interactive teaching methods. The problem based approach also reoccurs as a prominent feature in the upcoming program courses ME2067 and ME2502. Integrated with PBL this course includes several tools for training of students' academic and professional skills in the subject area for example, 1 ) a model for an academic report 2 ) a model for the rhetorical oral presentation, and 3) methods for group-based writing (Collaborative Writing).
The course is examined by case studies with an explicit focus on diversity, sustainability, and globalization. The results are presented and assessed in the form of academic reports and oral presentations. Through these assessment methods students are trained and examined in their ability to make judgments with respect to scientific, methodologica , social, and ethical aspects and the basic ability to evaluate theories and models.
Finally, the course challenge the students to reflect on their own learning and how their studies in the Master's program Industrial management relate to the demands of future managerial and leadership roles in industry and technology intensive activities. This is done through individual examination portfolios.
Students can expect that the course covers an unusually wide area, offering less detailed instructions and a greater variety of literature compared to a typical topic oriented course. Therefore, demands are high on classroom presence and interaction, planning for work outside the schedule, and detailed insight into the examination criterias.