Course Syllabus for

Advanced Product Development Theory
Avancerad produktutvecklingsteori

MMK005F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2022
Decided by: FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2014-10-30

General Information

Division: Product development
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


The course builds on the course on basic product development theory. Having obtained broad knowledge of and a critical approach to a selection of existing product development models and their theories on the previous course, the students must also probe the texts within their own areas of specialisation. Accordingly, the student will need both a broader and more specialised perspective on product development theory that is of relevance to the thesis project. The aim of the present course is for the students to acquire state-of-the-art knowledge within their field of interest, which will enable them to use this knowledge in the theory section of a PhD or licentiate thesis or a publication.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to critically reflect on and propose improvements to existing theories, models or conceptual frames within the subject

Course Contents

Each student is to individually select the required texts. On 2-3 occasions, the student will meet the course coordinator or another person appointed for the purpose to orally report on the work in progress. The oral reports are compulsory but not assessed. The results of the text study are to be compiled in a report or draft publication that is to be presented at a public seminar. The assessment will be based on the seminar and the report. The written report can usefully be included in the theory section of a PhD or licentiate thesis or a publication.

Course Literature

The student is to select the titles required to complete the assignment.

Instruction Details

Type of instruction: Self-study literature review

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, seminars given by participants
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Registered as PhD student. The course Basic Product Development Theory (MMK001F) or equivalent.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

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