P09 EPD: Engineering Management #02 – online

P09 EPD: Engineering Management #02 – online

5.0 HP
Startdatum: 25 januari 2021

Lärosäte: Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Luleå tekniska universitet, Mälardalens högskola

Målgrupp: Doktorand, Industri

Akademi: Product Development Academy (PDA)

Senaste anmälningsdag: 18 januari 2021
Platser: 17 lediga (av 25)

Sista anmälningsdagen är redan passerad.

Kursens syfte är att ge grundläggande förståelse och kunskap om forskning inom ledning av ingenjörsarbete och produktutveckling i industrisammanhang.

Kursen ges på engelska. ONLINE – detta år corona-anpassad, dvs vi kombinerar online och fysiska möten och industribesök i mån av möjlighet.

Course confirmation now required, until Jan 18, 2021. Course start Jan 25 at 12.00 (short on-line introduction 45 min, link to zoom will be emailed to confirmed participants).


The course is part 4 of the 20 HEC four-module-PhD course on Engineering Product Development (EPD). Please refer to: The Product Development Academy (PDA), Sweden

Target group

Professionals and PhD candidates in product development research and practice.


MSc in Engineering or similar.

Fee for industrial members

7 500 SEK

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the participants should have:

  • Improved their knowledge of research on engineering management, especially related to product development in industrial contexts.
  • Gained increased awareness of risks and critical elements in engineering, and applicable tools and methods for efficient execution of product development.
  • Gained an increased understanding of the connection between strategy and operations in management of product development (in industrial contexts).
  • Improved their ability to critically review and make use of relevant research literature applied to engineering management.
  • Gained enhanced awareness of ethics and dilemmas related to engineering management.
  • Obtained the ability to formulate engineering management challenges and opportunities in industrial contexts and in society at large.
  • Improved their ability to communicate orally and in written form about engineering management in the EPD process in a research context.

Course Outline

The course is organized in 6 sessions.

1st session Course introduction 25 Jan 2021
Time: 12.00-12.45 via zoom.
Content: Course introduction (topic, readings and assignments). Introduction of literature. Present the course assignments, (1): Literature review and (2) Individual case project. Planning of course sessions and short introduction to the individual case projects. Confirmation of all dates.
Aim: To give an overview of the course content and planning.

2nd and 3rd session: Strategy, processes and execution (10 and 12 Feb)
Time: Wednesday February 10: 13-16; Friday February 12: 45-15 via zoom.
Content: Company strategy, Business Modeling and Product strategies and management (mission, vision, goals, values, branding, R&D/R&I strategy, product portfolio, product architectures and risks, scenario development and trends). Product development and engineering processes and execution (integrated/lean product development, project management, decision making and managing complexity). Organization of product development. Innovation capability and creativity. Information and knowledge management. Communication. Teambuilding and Leadership. Planning of individual course assignments (research design).
Aim: To give an overview of the role and importance of engineering management, specifically for product development in an industrial context.

4th-5th session: Organization and knowledge management (8-9 March, 2021)
Time: Monday afternoon March 8: 13-16; Tuesday morning March 9: 8.30-11.30 via zoom.
Content: Product development and engineering processes and execution (integrated/lean product development, project management, decision making and managing complexity). Industrial design (user perceptions and experiences, design aspects related to product development and company strategy). State of practice. Design Thinking as approach to engineering management. Customer Journey as a method for business development. Research methods for engineering management.

Course participants’ presentation of their (1) literature reviews (Session 4), and (2) progress of “individual case” projects (Session 5).
Aim: To give further insights of some critical aspects of engineering management and how to conduct research within the area.

6th session: Research and practice of engineering management, course project presentation (25-26 May 2021)
Time: Tuesday afternoon May 25: 13-17; Wednesday morning May 26: 8.30-12, via zoom.
Content: Participants’ presentation of their course assignments. Discussion, feedback and reflections on the individual case projects. Condensed summary of course content. Evaluation of the course and learning outcomes.
Aim: To share knowledge through the course participants’ individual case projects as illustration of various aspects of engineering management research. Discuss outcomes of the course.The course is organized in 4 sessions; one web based and three physical ones.


The course is organized in the following way: The first session is an online meeting (zoom), where the course is introduced and the course assignments are presented. Due to corona restrictions, all sessions 2021 will be online.

The second-fifth sessions provide a condensed mix of theory and hands on exercises, including the industrial view on engineering management for product development. The course provides an overview to the subjects introduced, with the opportunity for each participants to further study selected parts indepth in the course assignments. The participants’ literature assignment is presented at the third session.

The final session includes presentation of participants’ project assignment, discussions to conclude the course, and course evaluation.

Course assignments for each participant:

  • Literature review
  • Individual case project

Course assignments shall be submitted during the course, and a revised version of the individual case project report can be submitted no later than two weeks after the final session.


Schilling, Melissa A., Strategic management of technological innovation. 5th edition. New York, NY. McGraw-Hill Education. Selected recommended literature (papers and/or book chapters) complemented during the course.


The course is examined through active participation at the sessions, presentation of course assignments including the written report presented and delivered at the end of the course.

Assignments will be reviewed and commented by the teachers. Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck is the course examiner.