Society and Industry in Transformation (SIT)

Course description



This course deals with the relationship between technological- and social change, and industrial transformation, at the system level. It also addresses the relationship between industrial transformation at the system level and operations and supply chain strategy at the business level.

The basic idea is to convey an advanced understanding of industrial dynamics. Some of the concepts discussed in the course are, evolutionary economics, institutional economics, innovation theory, knowledge creation, competence development, industrial capabilities, science and technology and how these takes place on a system level. The course puts industrial and technological change in the context of the theory ofdynamic capabilities, which integrates evolutionary (innovation) theory with the theory of the firm. The course also integrates theories of knowledge formation and learning in firms and technological/innovation systems as well as the science and technology studies discourse. After successfully completing the course, students will be familiar with: 1.Mechanisms behind industrial and technical change. 2.Fundamentals of modern innovation theories. 3.Knowledge formation processes involved in understanding economic, industrial and technical transformation. 4.The research frontier in industry, innovation and technology analysis, research processes and policy, and evolutionary industrial processes and the formation of dynamic firms. 5.Institutions that condition and constrain industrial competitiveness. 6.Knowledge basis for independent qualified analyses that relate to industrial and technical change on different system levels.



Intended Learning Outcomes

The overall aim of this course is twofold. It aims to give students:
•Insights into theories and frameworks that will help students understand the dynamics of the interaction between technological and social change, and industrial transformation, at the system level.
•Insights into theories and frameworks that will help students understand the dynamics of the interaction between industrial transformation at the system level, and operations and supply chain strategy, at the business level.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
1.Define, explain and problematize theoretical underpinnings within the subject of industrial dynamics on the system level and in the interaction between the system and corporate levels.

Skills and abilities
2.Implement above mentioned theoretical underpinnings in independent qualified analyses of industries in transformation.
3.Orally and in writing, present and discuss above mentioned course content.

Judgement and approach
4.Evaluate firm level situations in relation to the external environment at the system level and understand appropriate operational decisions.

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Course title:
Society and Industry in Transformation
Semester: Spring term 2019
Study period: 3 4
Rate of studies: 50%
Level: Graduate level (second cycle)
Credits: 7.5
Language of instruction: English

Course code: fe5431

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Course coordinator:
Toivo Lepp
Head of course:
Olov Isaksson
Examiner:
Olov Isaksson
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