The programme provides academic training as well as professional skills and career-enhancing credentials, drawing on Swedish and international experience. Graduates will be prepared for a wide spectrum of tasks such as:
- Analyzing sustainability challenges of an organization in a scientific way.
- Incorporating a strategic sustainability perspective into the innovation process of a company.
- Utilizing new methods and tools, and previous engineering specialization, for working with companies on sustainable product-service system innovation.
- Advancing the global shift to a more service-based economy.
Examples of Course Themes
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This project course includes students from MSPI as well as other programs, depending upon the competence needed to solve the industrial challenge put forth by MSPI partner companies. Students work together in teams to solve these challenges and present a case for them back to the partner companies. This intense course spans the first two study periods in the second year of the program.
At the core of the MSPI program is Design Thinking where the students will learn about the core perspectives related to conceiving desirable, feasible, and viable products and services. Design Thinking is an approach and process to design where the students will go through the stages of insight, inspiritation, ideation and implementation to develop products that are rooted in real needs and problems, that are developed into a creative solution that are meeting a real business need.
Knowledge Enabled Engineering
Practices for engineering knowledge management are changing to meet higher demands on cross-functional knowledge sharing, particularly evident when targeting the development of complex product-service combinations with long lifecycles. This course gives the participants an understanding of activities in which the capabilities of current knowledge management systems fall short in terms of addressing the need for knowledge of the engineering teams with such a new target in mind. Participants will gain knowledge in methods and technologies for effective engineering knowledge management, which have been summarized under the Knowledge Enabled Engineering (KEE) umbrella term.
Value innovation is the simultaneous pursuit of differentiation and low cost. Value innovation focuses on making the competition irrelevant by creating a leap of value for customers and for the company, thereby opening up new and uncontested market space. Because value to buyers comes from the offering's utility minus its price, and because value to the company is generated from the offering's price minus its cost, value innovation is achieved only when the whole system of utility, price and cost is aligned.
Strategic Sustainable Development
Students will become familiar with a framework for strategic sustainable development by applying it to different topics. Leadership and organizational learning concepts are embedded because a person cannot act for sustainability alone. Facts about the state of the world and major sustainability challenges are also included.
Economics and Management of Innovation
Delivered in collaboration with the School of Management. Students will learn about economic theory, industrial dynamics, entrepreneurship and innovation systems in general.
Methods for Sustainable Product-Service System Development
Students will learn about product-service system development methods and tools that support a full socio-ecological sustainability perspective and which are integrated with and utilize advanced IT support for product data management, knowledge enabled engineering, multi-criteria prioritization, etc. This draws directly from the leading edge research performed at BTH within this field. Students will be engaged in ongoing projects. Upon completion, students will have practical experience in using such methods and tools as well as a thorough theoretical understanding as a basis for development of new supplementary methods and tools as necessary.
Engineering for a Sustainable Society
Students will put their previous engineering specialization (such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, etc.) into the context of, and into use for, sustainable product-service system innovation around concrete current problems among our partner companies.