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MF2046 Product Innovation 6.0 credits

The overall objectives of the course are to give the course participants a broad overview of the field of innovation, engineering and management and to create a thorough understanding of the managerial challenges involved in innovative activities, through the presentation of theoretical models and frameworks as well as empirical illustrations.

Furthermore, the course aims at providing the students with a set of analytical tools and methods that facilitate the identification of opportunities for innovation as well as their realization into new products and businesses. Particular emphasis is put on the application of  presented models, frameworks, and methods through the use of case studies, discussions and a group assignment.

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2046 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of a series of lectures and exercises, and a project assignment performed in groups of five to six students. Lectures and exercises cover the following areas:

  • Introduction to innovation engineering and management
  • Industrial dynamics of technological innovation
  • Sources, types, and patterns of innovation
  • Company- and innovation strategy
  • Business model innovation
  • Disruptive innovation
  • Management and organizing of innovation
  • Collaborative and open innovation
  • Evaluation and selection of innovation projects
  • User- and customer focused innovation
  • Managing ideas, knowledge and learning for innovation
  • Innovation performance measurement and management.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • define different typologies of innovation and explain how they relate to business strategy, business models and industrial transformation.

  • describe current practices and trends concerning the management and organization of innovative activities.

  • explain how ideas, knowledge and learning can be managed in order to support innovation.

  • analyze strategic and organizational problems related to innovation work and apply suitable solutions.

  • use analytical tools, frameworks and methods to generate and manage innovation activities in organisations.

  • make assessments of the commercial potential of innovations.

  • write a brief business plan or gather information needed for assessing the potential of an innovation.

  • describe business and customer value of sustainability and how this can be used when developing innovations.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering or the equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Schilling, M. A., (2010), Strategic Management of Technological Innovation (3rd ed.), McGraw-Hill, New York. (S)

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


  • PRO1 - Project, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Written Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Assignments, 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.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Jennie Björk (