MF2084 Managing Research and Development 6.0 credits

Ledning av forskning och utveckling

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 *

• Different theories and frameworks related to strategy

• Strategies at different levels in a company; e g research and development, overall business and company strategies

• Research and development strategy and leadership

• Organizational theory and organizational design

• Organisation and management of research and development

• Product portfolios and product strategies

• Product families, platforms and modularisation

• Lean research and development

Intended learning outcomes *

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

• describe how theory related to strategy and organisation have been developed over time

• use basic concepts, theories and analytical frameworks related to strategy and organisation

• analyse the interplay between research and development and various types of overall business and company strategies and their influence when it comes to how a company should organise its development activities

• show knowledge of different ways to organise companies on, and how these structures relate to overall business and company strategies and leadership

• understand advantages and disadvantages when it comes to different ways to organise and lead research and development

• show knowledge of different economic models for management of research and development

• show knowledge of relevant aspects on distributed research and development and on business and value driven research and development and lean research and development

• show knowledge of advantages and disadvantages related to outsourcing and offshoring of research and development activities

• show knowledge of different integration mechanisms that can be used when research and development is organised

• design product portfolios

• understand advantages and disadvantages of product platforms and modularisation, as well as the surrounding factors that influence their use

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering or the equivalent.

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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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • PRO1 - Project, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 0.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Written exam, 3.5 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.

The examiner decides, in consultation with KTH's coordinator for disabilities (Funka), about possible adapted examination for students with documented, permanent disabilities. The examiner may permit other examination format for re-examination of 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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Mats Magnusson

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study *

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Johan Arekrans,

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