Department of Management and Engineering (IEI)

The Department of Management and Engineering (IEI) strengthens and develops tomorrow’s industry, business world and society by ground-breaking research, education and innovation.

Our teaching and research cover a broad spectrum of fields from economics and management to technology and design. We are a department that sees innovation, development and innovation as fundamentally necessary to strengthen a sustainable society. Collaboration and dialogue permeate our operations, making positive and productive relationships with companies and other organisations possible. This in turn helps to make our students highly sought-after, and ensures that research can be used to increase competitiveness and sustainability.


The Department of Management and Engineering has more than 500 co-workers and 20 divisions. More than 9,000 students take our courses and programmes every year.


Our co-workers are the driving force for our unceasing improvement.


“By creating a feeling of ‘togetherness’, we create the conditions required for all to flourish and grow – and this in turn contributes to genuine commitment.”

Head of Department, IEI


A women is checking her phone to find out information about sugar level in blood.

24 november 2023

Digitalisation and sustainability - a crucial factor for a competitive society

The digital gap is significant in EU, over half of the population miss high speed internet in their homes. Irina Kolupaieva is a guest researcher at LiU, she is passionate about ensuring that the digital society becomes a reality for everyone.

Autumn at the Campus Valla and bikes.

22 november 2023

Research at IEI holds a high standard

Stanford University has recently released an updated list of the top two percent most cited researchers globally, and it is gratifying to note that once again, several distinguished researchers from IEI are represented on the list.

20 november 2023

Digital threads built on AI in a new research project

Linköping University, Volvo Construction Equipment, Bosch Thermoteknik, Mälardalen University, and Addiva are joining forces to advance resource efficiency and promote a circular economy in the Swedish manufacturing industry.

Portrait of a man in front of a building

20 november 2023

Internship at the centre of world politics

Nugzari Batsikadze is a master’s student at LiU on an internship at the Swedish Embassy in Washington. His duties include sitting in on hearings in the Senate, for example, when the head of Microsoft answers questions about the future of AI.

Portrait of professor Gustav Tinghög.

02 november 2023

Emotions often defeat sense in healthcare priority setting

Emotions tend to get the upper hand in healthcare decisions. This is shown in a Linköping University study. The results may explain why effective use of healthcare resources is so slow in the making, according to the researchers.

Open lecture about AI in the library.

25 oktober 2023

AI's transformative impact on management

In a recent lecture, entitled "Shaping a Future with AI – What is required of management" researchers shared insights into the management challenges and opportunities that AI presents.

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Upcoming events

7 December 2023

8 December 2023

Public defense of doctoral thesis in Sustainable System Analysis: Christoffer Wadström

10.15 am – 1.00 pm Temcas, TEMA Building, Campus Valla, Linköping, Sweden

Christoffer Wadström defends his thesis entitled "Navigating interconnected and electrified industries in the landscape of uncertainty: Examining outcomes and values within circular solutions, and evaluating the supply and utilisation of electricity in Swedish industries and power sources". Supervisor is Maria Johansson, professor at LiU. Opponent is Erik Dahlquist, senior professor, Mälardalen university, Sweden. The event is open to the public. Language: English.
Public defense of doctoral thesis in Industrial Engineering and Management with specialisation in Industrial Marketing: Brenda Nansubuga 

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Key1, Key Building, Campus Valla

Brenda Nansubuga, at the Department of Management and Engineering defends her thesis "Ownership or Access? A study of mobility services in the access economy. Supervisor: Christian Kowalkowski, professor at LiU. Opponent: Tobias Schäfers, docent at Copenhagen Business School. Denmark. The event is open to the public. Language: English. DOI:

14 December 2023

Public defence of doctoral thesis in Sustainable System Analysis: Emma Fältström

9.15 am – 12.00 pm ACAS, A Building, Campus Valla, Linköping, Sweden

Emma Fältström, at the Division of Environmental Technology and Management, Department of Management and Engineering defends her thesis entitled "Mitigating Microplastics Pollution in Urban Water Systems: Flow, actors, and control measures." Supervisor is Stefan Anderberg, professor at Linköpings universitet. Opponent is Lian Lundy, professor at Middlesex University, UK. The event is open to the public. Language: English. For Zoom-link to disputation:

15 December 2023

Public defense of licentiate in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in Machine Design: Javier Villena Toro

10.00 am – 12.00 pm ACAS, A Building, Campus Valla, Linköping

Javier Villena Toro, Division of Product Realisation, Department of Management and Engineering defends his thesis entitled "Automation of Product and Production Development by Utilizing Machine Learning". Supervisor is Mehdi Tarkin, Senior associate professor, Linköping University. Opponent is Roland Stolt, Associate Professor Product Development, Jönköping University. The event is open to the public. Language: English.
Mehdi Tarkian


Extensive research in many fields is carried out at IEI, ranging from the social sciences to technology. Central fields are sustainability, the circular and behaviour-based economy, management, goods and services production, digitalisation, technical systems and processes, and the development of operations, products and services.

Much of the research is carried out in close collaboration with the society around us, with the expressed goal of translation and utilisation. Research is often multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, and is characterised by creative collaboration in which researchers from different disciplines work together. The methods used in IEI research are distinguished by the diversity and breadth of analysis methods and types of data.

Explore our research – you’ll be stimulated.

Mats Abrahamsson

Collaboration and system perspective in IEI’s research

Collaboration with society, multidisciplinary and applied research. Diversity and width – and a great potential to contribute to the shift towards a sustainable society. That is a few things that characterises the research at IEI.

Research projects

31st Nordic Sociological Association Conference

Welcome to the 31st Nordic Association Conference that will be held at the Institute for Analytical Sociology in Norrköping, Sweden, 14 - 16 August, 2024.

Two scientists in 3D-lab.

Additive manufacturing

3D-printing will have a huge impact on the manufacturing industry in the years to come, and a better understanding of the material properties of AM manufactured parts is vital to fully utilize the potential of this fairly new technology.


Advanced Functional Materials

Laboratory for Advanced Functional Materials, AFM, contributes at the highest level to the creation of knowledge. The work in highly competitive Centers of Excellence has been evaluated as excellent to outstanding by the VR, SSF, and Vinnova.


A department with a broad spectrum of its education – from economics and management to technology and design.

IEI offers courses at both basic and advanced (master’s) levels.

Teaching in the department is characterised by deep knowledge of the subject and high quality, in close collaboration with industry and organisations in the region. Our students have ample opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical work in our modern workshops and laboratories.

Are you interested in gaining new expertise? Take one of our 200 single-subject courses. We also offer tailored commissioned education. Contact the relevant division for more information.


International master's programmes

Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organisations, Master's Programme, 120 credits

Aims to equip future leaders with good judgement and an ability to make well-balanced decisions. Combines fundamental thinking, reasoning and skills to prepare students to go beyond applying known solutions to known problems.  International focus.

International and European Relations

International and European Relations, Master's Programme, 120 credits

European relations in the international society and global governance, with focus on Europe’s role in world affairs. Topics include international law and security, European institutions and external relations, research design and methodology.

mechanical engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Master's Programme, 120 credits

This programme covers the entire product development cycle, from idea to the final product. With five specialisations and close industry collaborations, you will be qualified for work in any field of development, engineering or manufacturing.

Research Education

Research education places high demands on those who take it. It comprises courses, own study, research, and in many cases teaching in undergraduate education. Those who thrive as doctoral students are independent, ambitious, and have the ability to formulate and work through scientific problems.
IEI has approximately 250 teachers/researchers, and more than 100 research students spread across two faculties. The research here lies in a wide range of fields from economics and management to technology and design.

Explore our research education – find something to inspire you.


Articles about research education and life as doctoral student

Articles about research education and life as doctoral student

Mary Catherine Osman.

To receive the prize feels like a boost

Mary Catherine Osman, a doctoral student in sustainable logistics, is one of the recipients of the ICHCA-award 2023.

Lisa Lundin at Liu.

Personal development comes with the job

“It’s fun and challenging to be a doctorate student. I enjoy doing research, and now I know it’s something I want to keep doing,” says Lisa Lundin. Her time at LiU has included research into digital customer journeys.

Lisa Lundin at LiU.

Creating a better digital customer experience

Digitalisation changes not only interactions between a supplier and a customer but also how a customer journey can be managed. Lisa Lundin, a PhD student in industrial marketing at LiU, has researched how a supplier can digitalise customer journeys.

Collaboration at IEI

Collaboration with companies and organisations outside of the university is an important part of operations at IEI, and has been since the department was formed. Collaboration allows IEI researchers to contribute to the development of companies and society, while at the same time obtaining valuable knowledge and experience. In other words – a win-win situation.

Collaborate with IEI – you’ll benefit from it!

Olof Hjelm, Industriell miljöteknik (tvåa från vänster) tillsammans med Johan Rydberg, Cleantech Östergötland, Nathali Vivas, Energifabriken AB och Teodor Hovenberg, Envista AB.

Collaboration at IEI

IEI’s collaboration with the business world, public organisations and society in general translates knowledge into utilisation. Productive collaboration benefits both you and us at IEI.

Latest about collaboration

Digital threads built on AI in a new research project

Linköping University, Volvo Construction Equipment, Bosch Thermoteknik, Mälardalen University, and Addiva are joining forces to advance resource efficiency and promote a circular economy in the Swedish manufacturing industry.

Porträtt av Selcan Mutgan.

Different income groups increasingly isolated from each other

People with the same level of income increasingly live in the same kind of areas. This is shown in new research from Linköping University, where changes in income segregation in Sweden have been investigated for almost 30 years.

Hans’s part-time retirement on hold following request from the Bonnier family

Not everyone suddenly gets an email from Carl-Johan Bonnier with an invitation to a meeting at Bonnier’s head office in Stockholm. But this happened to Professor Hans Sjögren.

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Department of Management and Engineering

Hans Meijers väg
A Building, entrance 19
Campus Valla
Linköping, Sweden

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Linköping University
Department of Management and Engineering 
SE-581 83 Linköping

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