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MF2087 Innovation Management - Theory and Practice 7.5 credits

The focus of the course is on the scientific literature on how value is created and realized and how that work is organized and managed. The literature relates to innovation and product development, which is often a technical development work, but the literature is also often more general, which is why a broader perspective on innovation and development is given. The course is mainly own studies of scientific articles but also an analytical work that deals with how the theory can be utilized in practice. The students work to a large extent individually but also in small groups. The examination includes active participation in the seminars, oral presentation of projects and writing of essays. The project this year will be a challenge driven task where innovation management literature will be connected to critical sustainability issues of today. 

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2087 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

One activity in the course is students’ own studies of scientific articles that aim for the students to become familiar with the theory in innovation management and be able to relate critically to academic texts.
Students will also analyze internships, individually and in groups, to further deepen the knowledge from read articles and to be able to apply results from research in a practical context.
Furthermore, students must formulate and motivate in writing their own insights and analysis results that aim to use the theory in relation to practice, and where students should translate theory into their own texts aimed at a specified target group.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • critically analyse and evaluate literature in the area
  • independently choose literature
  • orientate oneself about some themes in the field of literature
  • evaluate the research design with regard to chosen research method and theoretical base
  • write essays of scientific character
  • adapt scientific literature to a practice oriented audience and describe in an appropriate way
  • use scientific literature to analyse problems in practice
  • bring dialogue about scientific literature in groups

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering or the equivalent.

Furthermore the courses MF2046 Product Innovation, MF2084 Managing Research and Development, MF2085 Innovation- and Product Development Processesor couses with corresponding content.

Recommended prerequisites

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A selection of scientific articles that are listed at the beginning 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


  • LIT3 - Literature analysis, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Project, 2.0 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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