Course syllabus

Industrial Management, TEK 250

2022/2023, study period 4


Examiner and lecturer:       Torbjörn Jacobsson, Senior Lecturer, Supply and Operations Management, Tel: 031-7725233, e-mail:

Lecturer: Ala Arvidsson, Associate professor, Supply and Operations Management, Tel: 031-7721372, e-mail:

Mode of instruction: On-site, supervision and communications will also be facilitated through Canvas and Zoom

Examination dates: 31 Maj 2023, 14:00, Johanneberg, 25 Aug 2023, 14:00, Johanneberg

Course aims

The aim of this course is to give the students knowledge of industrial organization and operations management and elaborate on how management of the production/operations can contribute to companies’ sustainable competitive advantage and long-term success. The course also aims to provide the students with appropriate theories, tools and models to manage and develop production systems, products and services and to develop and evaluate operations and business strategies in different industrial settings.


The course will cover the field of industrial management from mainly a production/operations management perspective, i.e. the activity of managing the resources, which are devoted to the production of products and services. Every organization has an operations function because every organization produces some type of products and/or services. However, from an operations management perspective, the firm is not only viewed as a production system, but also a part of a value chain of suppliers, sub-suppliers, system integrators and customers. The course will cover central areas in the field of industrial- and operations management in order to give the student a comprehensive view of industrial and operations management. Among the issues covered are:

  • Operations management
  • Lean Production
  • Operations strategy
  • Process, product and service design
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Process technology
  • Job design and work organization
  • Planning and control
  • Operations improvement and Total Quality Management

Course objectives

The main objective of the course is to improve participants' ability to develop and analyze companies’ operations and production systems. By the end of the course, participants will hopefully:

  • Understand the strategic impact and importance of industrial and operations management
  • Have been introduced to the central areas of industrial and operations management.
  • Have access to theories, framework and models to develop, design and evaluate production systems and companies’ operations and business strategies.
  • Have been stimulated to think critically about emerging concepts and ideas in the field of industrial and operations management.


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