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TEK017 - Strategic management
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMEI
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management

Teaching language: English
Application code: 26113
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: A

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   13 Jan 2021 am J   09 Apr 2021 am J,  18 Aug 2021 pm J

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Joakim Björkdahl

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second 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

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
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

This is a high-pace, challenging and rewarding graduate course open to all Chalmers students that are up to date with basic concepts of business administration and microeconomics. An absolute minimum requirement is a basic course such as TEK255 (Managerial Economics), but students are expected to perform at a graduate level from day one. Students that lack such knowledge are expected to take necessary measures to be able to contribute to case work and class discussions.

Students from master programs given by the Department of Technology Management and Economics are automatically eligible (but not necessarily prepared). Students admitted to MPMEI (Management and Economics of Innovation, MSc program) are given prioritized placement.


This course aims to prepare students for different types of management tasks related to technology and innovation. This is done by making the students familiar with a set of theories and tools used for strategic management of innovation and technology. Besides theoretical understanding, a major ambition of the course is to teach students how to analyze and deal with complex innovation related challenges typically faced by managers. Such challenges may include issues related to the role of science in society, both in terms of what can be done technically, and what should be done ethically. This is accomplished through case analyses, project work and guest lectures.

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

(a) Apply tools and theories of strategy analysis
(b) Analyze and devise plans for how business units create and sustain competitive advantage (i.e., business strategy)
(c) Analyze and define the scope of the firm (i.e., corporate strategy)
(d) Participate in strategic decision-making
(e) Convey insights from strategy analysis


The purpose of this course is to train students in strategy analysis. Strategy analysis deals with the identification of problems, options and solutions that improve firm performance. The course is concerned with decisions and actions that shape the future of firms by establishing, sustaining and enhancing the basis for their competitive advantage. The course will discuss fundamental strategy theories and models and illustrate their use through case discussions. The ultimate aim of the course is to help you work more effectively and successfully in your professional careers.


The course consists of lectures, case studies and class discussions focusing on the learning outcomes.


The course literature will be announced at the start of the course.

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination consists of (a) a written exam and (b) case studies. Grading: U (Fail), 3, 4, 5.

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