The INDEK/IEO Research School

A unique cooperation project has started between MDH and industries in Mälardalen. The goal of the Research School is industrial regeneration through education and co-production in strategic industrial projects and system environments. The projects are the starting point and steer the recruitment of researchers, primarily experts, project managers and key persons from the private sector, but also from the Engineering and Economics study programmes in academia.

We hope that you would like to join us and select projects from your field of operations!

Here are a few thoughts and key sentences that have influenced the development of INDEK/IEO so far and that we will be discussing at a workshop:

  • An industrial project which can embrace several business projects. Your project could lie in the borderland between idea generation/technological development (R&D) and commercialisation/industrialisation of the business area; in this way we will get innovative but unprofitable (and also already profitable) projects to get off the ground in a business sense!
  • A research project that covers a borderline area between system/ technological development/production and business management (including investing and financing) and law. One main area is about the actual assessment process. Another area is about how commercialisation is organised. The valuation of intangible resources will be highlighted in this research.
  • Doctoral students who come mainly from industry, and are employed full-time or part-time. These people are working today as project managers or equivalent key figures who have a total picture of the company’s activities.
  • A research programme that is designed as a progression of partly the M.Sc. in Engineering programme and partly the Economics programme, and primarily recruits people with an M.Sc. in Engineering, or alternatively a Master’s (60- or 120-credits) degree in Economics, or equivalent qualifications. An interdisciplinary approach is characteristic of the corporate research school.
  • Research and practice focusing on how people take decisions within new areas in connection with the realisation and commercialisation of products. Decisions in a strategic industrial project require new ways of thinking and sometimes entirely “new” perspectives.
  •  By experience an industrial project can be assessed based on the effects of company acquisitions as well as marketing or in connection with the development of production systems.
  •  These new perspectives can lead to new technological and business solutions, and not just to technological innovations! An industrial project can thus embrace a number of research projects.
  •  Applications based on empirically grounded behaviour models, rules of thumb that supplement existing rational models. The rational models are used as points of reference and educational tools.
  • Questions linked to interfaces/border areas but also general questions such as: “How can we identify innovative, unprofitable (also already profitable) solutions that can get off the ground in a business sense too when organised in the right way?”, or “How do established industrial companies in the region retain and develop their innovative capacity?”.


Innovation and business issues

When assessing suitable industrial projects the questions are brought to a head, for example: “How does this project contribute to the company’s originality resulting for example in new patents or towards a new industrial standard?”. Questions concerning each individual research project could be, for example, “How does this project strengthen the company’s negotiating capacity?” or “How does this project improve one’s own company’s financial position?”



Ulf R Andersson
Director of Research, IEO
School of Business, Society and Engineering
Mälardalen University
Telephone: 021-10 1323