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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK690 - Industrial management in theory and practice
Industriell verksamhetsutveckling i teori och praktik
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIEPL
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management, Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 68111
Open for exchange students: No

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Examination 4,5c Grading: TH   4,5c   15 Mar 2021 am L,  08 Jun 2021 am L,  26 Aug 2021 pm L
0219 Project 3,0c Grading: UG   3,0c    

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Managerial economics (7,5 c), Industrial economics, accounting (7,5 c) and Work organization (7,5 c) or equivalent competence.


This course will provide the student with both broadened and in-depth knowledge and understanding of how to lead and organize various production systems, and the way operations management contributes to overall company strategy and competitiveness. The course will have an challenge driven approach where the students work with cases to develop both theoretical and practical-based skills for analysis and suggestions for improvement. During the course, the students will be trained to analyze and solve production and managerial problems based on an interdisciplinary approach.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Understand how work motivation can be created
  • Explain how teams act as organisational form in industrial companies
  • Understand and give suggestions on how effective leadership and change work can be conducted
  • Investigate, analyse and assess specific challenges and conditions related to management, gender, diversity, sustainable development and technological development
  • Explain and discuss the difference between "problem solving" and "problem formulation" in the handling of industrial challenges.
  • Evaluate and analyse a company's financial situation and, on the basis of this provide a basis for decision-making to guide the company towards long-term profitability and efficiency
  • Explain and critically discuss the significance and relationship between different theoretical areas and perspectives in industrial contexts
  • Independently and in groups formulate and define problems to address complex management problems in industrial and technological intensive organisations using data from different types of sources
  • Independently and in a group apply theoretical concepts and methods related to industrial management, to be able to propose solutions change and development in different industries


The course deals with various aspects of the interaction between market, social, technical and management factors in an industrial system.
The course intends to deepen the knowledge of the individual's relation to the task and his / her social environment, as well as knowledge of how to analyse and design systems for goods and services, and how this affects the company's organisational and financial conditions.


The course consists of lectures, exercises, seminars, case studies and a group project. 


Literature will be announced on the course website two weeks prior to the course start .

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination consists of two main parts:
1. Project, including compulsory elements (i.e. exercises/seminars and presentations)
2. Written, individual examination

Final grade is given when both parts have been passed. Final grade is given on the scale TH (i.e. Fail, 3, 4, 5) based on the individual examination.
All course material, including literature, articles, lectures and exercises, are included in the material to be examined.
Alternative types of examination can be used. 

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