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ML1109 Sustainable leadership with lean 2.0 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students

Target group

Professional managers and leaders. Persons in senior management positions in both the private and public sectors, with basic knowledge in lean.

Part of programme

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P1 (1.0 hp), P2 (1.0 hp)


26 Aug 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Distance Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Södertälje

Number of places

10 - 25

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students


Andreas Bohlin (


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus ML1109 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Introduction to Lean leadership,
Why lead? – about leadership versus management,
Have a foundation in leader contributions, aims and assignments,
The sustainability concept,
Reveal and see – about visual control, gemba and motivation,
Hoshin Kanri (Policy and improvement deployment) connected to sustainability,
SCARF – to lead with or against one's brain,
Challenge – about learning and Tough Care,
Build – about leading systematic improvement
The importance of courage and upper management,
Systematic improvement work connected to sustainability.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • discuss and reason about models for Lean leadership related to the preconditions and sustainability of the leadership and how these influence one's own leadership
  • translate models and methods to one's own situation and activities and concretise these in an action plan 

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Professional experience of working in a leadership role (min. 2 years) and professional experience of working with Lean.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Attendance at 10 of 13 scheduled classes is required to pass the course.

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


Education cycle

First cycle

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Andreas Bohlin (