ME2501 Perspectives on Industrial Management 6.0 credits

Perspektiv på Industrial Management

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.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

By applying a systems perspective on Industrial management the course offers insight into the scope of the field, the coherence between its various parts as well as clarification of the links between technology and management.

Within each of the three perspectives, students meet researchers from the Department of Industrial Economics and Management who present their own research.

In addition, the concept of sustainability is introduced in relation to the subject area of Industrial management.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course the students will be able to:

  • Discuss key theoretical areas and different levels of analysis in the field of industrial management from a systems perspective.

  • Formulate and define problems to address complex management problems in industrial and technology intensive activities using knowledge and data from different types of sources.

  • Evaluate and apply theoretical concepts, frameworks and methods related to the field of industrial management on activities in different industries in order to analyze and propose solutions to industrial challenges.

  • Investigate, analyze, make judgements, and propose solutions for specific challenges and circumstances related to: management, gender, diversity, globalization and technology development in industrial and technology intensive activities.

  • Discuss and critically analyze the implementation of sustainable development in industrial and technology intensive activities.

  • Present in writing and orally findings and recommendations towards different audiences.

  • Evaluate their own work and reflect on their own learning in the course, also in relation to future roles and management positions in industry.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

  • Achieved the requirements for a Bachelor's degree
  • Basic course in Industrial management (e.g. ME1003, or corresponding) completed

Recommended prerequisites

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Scientific articles, reports and case-study assignments to be distributed throughout the course (approximately 10 academic articles, a scientific report in the form of a master thesis, and a minor literature study related to the case studies).

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Written Assignment I, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • INL2 - Written Assignment II, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • INL3 - Written Assignment III, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • INL4 - Written Assignment IIII, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.0 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 *

Note! The first two weeks of the course includes mandatory activities.

Pass on all assignments and project work as well as active participation in discussions, group work, seminars related to case studies, and participation in the field trip

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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Lars Uppvall

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study *

Industrial Management

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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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.

Supplementary information

The course is only open for students admitted to the Master programme Industrial Management (TINEM)

The course is not open for exchange students.