MF2084 Managing Research and Development 6.0 credits

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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.

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Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

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

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Bachelor of Science or the equivalent in the area of mechanical engineering.

Recommended prerequisites

The course is open for exchange students fulflling the course eligibility, but priority will be given to students taking the IPD Master’s programme.

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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

Examination *

  • 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

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Mats Magnusson

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 web

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

Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study *

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Johan Arekrans, arekrans@kth.se

Supplementary information

The course is open for all students at advanced level (second level). Priority will be given to students at the Master’s programme IPD.