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TEK250 - Industrial management
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-24 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPQOM
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   30 May 2013 am V,  16 Jan 2013 pm M,  30 Aug 2013 pm V

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Docent  Magnus Persson

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For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

The course TEK255 Managerial Economics or equivalent course


This course will provide the student with basic 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 provide opportunities for students to acquire the theory, and become knowledgeable in the tools and frameworks required to manage, organize and develop production systems.

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

Make adequate strategic considerations and decisions related to production

Explain the basic parameters that define operations management and industrial organization

Describe the strategic characteristics of different types of operations

Define how operations management can contribute to companies strategic success

Clearly state the consequences of strategic decisions related to capacity, and the effects of layout decisions and choices of process technology

Discuss strategic effects and describe how organizations should manage the relationship between company resources and demand for goods and services

Specify different approaches to improving operations

Define different ways of managing complexity in operations

Discuss the implications of lean production and describe how companies can develop based on the principles underlying lean methods


The course highlights operations management and organization from a production perspective on management and delivery of goods and services. It deals with management from a mainly production/operations management perspective, i.e. the activity of managing the resources devoted to the production of products and services. The focus on production systems and production development and their strategic roles responds to the increasing strategic need for conscious and sustainable development and delivery of products and services. Operations management and industrial organization help to streamline and improve existing production systems and to develop new products, services and production systems. Operations management is not just about being efficient; it is related also to developing the production function so that it plays a supporting or leading role in the company's overall competitive strategy and can be adapted to the changes taking place internationally. The course covers several areas that are key to the ability to lead, organize and develop the various activities and the production functions involved in the strategies of different types of businesses.


The course consists of a series of lectures where the central topics will be discussed in detail.


Slack, N., Chambers, S. & Johnston, R. (latest edition) Operations Management, Pearson Education, London, UK


The examination in this course consists of a written exam, e.g. essay questions and case studies. The examination will include compulsory session or case report to facilitate learning for the written examination. A pass requires a score of 40% of the maximum marks. Grade four (4) requires 60% and Grade five (5) 80% of the exam maximum score.

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