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Industrial management 7.5 credits

Industriell organisation
First cycle, E0009N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 2 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Industrial Business and Management
Subject group (SCB)
Industrial Engineering and Management

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
Upon completion of the course the student shall be able to describe basic concepts and theories within the area of organizational theory, design and management as well as have insights in project management techniques. The student shall be able to use these concepts and theories in analysis of an industrial enterprise as well as critically apply gender and sustainability related perspectives in their analysis. Throughout the course content, the students should be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively present both verbally and in written form as well as critically evaluate different sources of information. 

In particular, students should be able to: 

a) Describe what an organization is, demonstrate knowledge of foundational theories that explain the emergence of organizations, and detail various perspectives on organizational design. Argue for why organizational design and management is relevant in the context of engineering.
b) Identify and contrast different types of physical organizational structures and explain the influence of technological development on recent trends in organizational design.
c) Specify the different attributes of internal organizational culture and external environment, and connect this to their role in organizational design. 
d) Account for innovation and change and their impact in how industrial activities are managed
e) Be able to discuss attributes of technology-based business models and the dynamic of value creation, value delivery and value capture in industrial enterprises, including interaction with the value chain.
f) Identify and name different types of projects, stages of a project, project roles, project management perspectives and project management tools. 
g) Apply gender and sustainability related perspectives on the analysis of industrial enterprise  both in writing and in dialogue with others, supported by basic concepts and theories within the area of organizational theory and project management

The course covers fundamentals of organizational theory, design and management and basics of project management. Key outlined areas include organizing (organizational theory, physical structures, business model perspective), managing (culture and external environment, innovation and change) and project management (stages, approaches, techniques). The course content is situated in the context of industrial enterprises and has a special focus on understanding sustainability and gender related issues when analyzing organizations. The course also involves practical oral presentations and written assignments.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course consists of lectures, classroom exercises, seminars, and individual take home assignments. The aim with the classroom exercises is for students to explore presented theoretical concepts on real life cases of industrial enterprises. The aim with the seminars is for students to practice presentation techniques, work in teams, and participate in group discussions. The aim with the individual assignment is to practice writing and analytical skills. The student is expected to work independently with the course literature and learning material as well as to work in groups with other students. Compulsory attendance may apply during oral presentations of group work, and certain other learning activities. Teaching is to be held in English.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The examination consists of:  

a) Multiple choice exam (3 credits). The aim is to examine a broad understanding of the course content (organizational theory and design, project management and business models).

b) Digital and time constrained individual take home assignment at the end of the course (3 credits) including essay questions. The aim is to examine a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts presented during the course and the ability to account for gender and sustainability related aspects when analyzing organizations and the ability to present effectively in written form in English. All course materials are available for use during the exam.

c) Group presentation at a seminar (1.5 credits), i.e., group presentation with questions and discussion within the classroom. The aim is to examine the ability to work in teams, present orally in English and critically evaluate different sources of information.

The point allocation for each examination:
Examination Point Allocation
a) Multiple choice a maximum of 40 out of a total of 100 available course points
b) Individual home assignment a maximum of 40 out of a total of 100 available course points
c) Group presentation  & attendance a maximum of 20 out of a total of 100 available course points 

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, no later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Due to overlap, the course cannot be included in the degree together with E0006N, O0017N or other course with similar content.

Malin Malmström

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Daft, R. L. (2020). Organization theory & design. Cengage learning.
Tonnquist, B. (2018). Project management 4th edition in English. Sanoma Utbildning (less than half of the course book is used in the course).
The most recent edition of the book in English available at the start of the course will be used as literature. Additional literature, research articles and other supplementary material may be added.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Multiple choiceG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA21
0002Individual home assignmentG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA21
0003Group presentation and attendanceG U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA21

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 17 Feb 2021

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 20 Aug 2021