Disruptive Technologies, 6 credits (TMKA09)

Disruptive Technologies, 6 hp

Main field of study



Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Marie Bengtsson

Director of studies or equivalent

Mikael Axin
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6MDES Design, Master's Programme 3 (Autumn 2018) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping o/v

Main field of study


Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Design, Master's Programme


Bachelor’s degree. Successfully passed sustainable strategies and/or Studio 1. For non-program elective students, a related bachelor’s degree or equivalent level, such as business, design or sustainability.  

Intended learning outcomes

On a re-design and engineering level only limited improvement of sustainability performance is possible. More substantial improvement may require totally new technological solutions, with accompanying societal and market transitions. Think of non-conventional energy in mobility, smart-grids, and bio-based economy.  After the completed course the student shall be able to

  • articulate the role of systems and actors in technology-related transitions
  • describe and explain how and why disruptive technologies emerge and how they impact (and are impacted by) incumbent organizations as well as entrepreneurial start-ups.
  • use mapping techniques to perform a system-level analysis of technology trends and their potential influence on design activities with a special emphasis on sustainability.

Course content

Students will analyze historical disruptive technologies and societal/market transitions, and do a case study with the aim of mapping a desired future sustainable transition, with its accompanying future tech. 

Teaching and working methods

The course will be based on lectures and seminars. Students will explore case studies on disruptive technologies, and write their own case on a specific disruptive technology.


UPG3Written case reportU, 3, 4, 53 credits
UPG2Technology explorationU, G1.5 credits
UPG1Reflection on literatureU, G1.5 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Course literature

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business 

by Clayton M. Christensen. Supplemented with research articles. 


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling

Director of Studies or equivalent

Mikael Axin


Marie Bengtsson

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 0 h
Recommended self-study hours: 160 h
There is no course literature available for this course.
UPG3 Written case report U, 3, 4, 5 3 credits
UPG2 Technology exploration U, G 1.5 credits
UPG1 Reflection on literature U, G 1.5 credits

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