MF2084 Managing Research and Development 6.0 credits
The aim of this course is to make students familiar with models and frameworks used in strategic management and organizing, and to give them in-depth understanding of how these models and frameworks can be skillfully applied in different R&D settings. A central aspect of this is to understand the inter-relationship between business strategies on the one hand and technology-, innovation- and R&D strategies on the other, in order to be able to work with, lead, and improve business-driven research and development activities. Furthermore, students should acquire substantial knowledge about the managerial challenges of organizing R&D activities in industrial firms and learn analytical frameworks, tools and methods for R&D management.
The course comprises a set of lectures, exercises, and case discussion sessions. Moreover, students will perform a project in which they apply the theoretical models and frameworks that have been introduced throughout the course. The project concerns an analysis of specific R&D management issues and challenges, and to point to possibilities for improvement.
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Content and learning outcomes
The course deals with:
- Different theories and frameworks related to strategy
- Strategies at different levels in a company; e g research and development, innovation and business and company-wide strategies
- Organisational theory and organisational design
- Organisation and management of knowledge intensive activities, in particular R&D
- Product portfolios and product strategies
- Product families, platforms and modularisation
- Scenario analysis
Intended learning outcomes
After passing the course, the student should be able to:
- apply basic concepts, theories and analytical frameworks related to strategic management
- explain how sustainability aspects are handled in different strategic theories
- apply basic concepts, theories and analytical frameworks related to R&D strategy
- apply basic concepts, theories and analytical frameworks related to organisation of R&D
- use relevant methods to analyse and plan focus and extent of R&D activities
- analyse advantages and disadvantages with product platforms and modularisation, and factors that influence their application
- analyse R&D problems in an empirical context
- write a scientific report that treats a specific subject in management of R&D
- analyse and suggest solutions to concrete R&D questions by applying theories and frameworks
- analyse the interplay between R&D and different company and business strategies, and their consequences for how companies should organise their development activities
- evaluate different ways to lead and organise development activities and explain the circumstances under which different ways to organise these are appropriate
Literature and preparations
Bachelor of Science or the equivalent in the area of mechanical engineering.
The course is open for exchange students fulflling the course eligibility, but priority will be given to students taking the IPD Master’s programme.
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.
- PRO1 - Project, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- TENA - Written exam, 4.0 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
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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 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 MF2084
Main field of study
The course is open for all students at advanced level (second level). Priority will be given to students at the Master’s programme IPD.