Why operations management?

Operations management is the activity of managing the resources which are devoted to the production and delivery of products and services. It involves the design, management and improvement of products, services, processes and supply chains. This might sound abstract, but these processes are constantly going on all around us and are therefore relevant in all sectors of society. This is an exceptional opportunity to study operations management without any previous background in the area as it covers the topic from a strategic, financial and business development perspective, rather than from a technical and mathematical view.

What you will learn

As a graduate of this programme you will be able to see the big picture and evaluate all the different steps that go into producing and delivering a product or service and locating areas of improvement. You will learn to handle the often complex process of changing cultures and procedures within a business or organisation. The mandatory courses address the topic area at three different levels.

Industrial dynamics and transformation, which for example concern perspectives and tools to analyse markets and industries in transition, the role of new technology, and global macro trends and their impact on operations management and control.
 Value creating processes, which for example concern models that help to design effective flows of products, services, capital and information from suppliers to end customers.

Project leadership and change management. After all, operations management and control is about improving current practice. We believe our graduates will lead projects in their future careers and handle people in organisational change projects. Therefore such skills are also thoroughly developed in the programme.

In addition to this, courses are also given in financial analysis, performance measurement and management control to develop your business sense.

Your future career

This programme provides a solid platform for a future career of managing structures and processes of organisations in transformation both in Sweden and internationally. To ensure high employability we collaborate closely with both public and private sector organisations, making sure we address relevant challenges for operations managers and controllers in the field. Suitable positions include: supply chain planner, business controller, operational developer, production/services leader, strategic buyer/procurer, management consultant and project leader.

Programme outline 

Semester 1 & 2: Mandatory courses
Semester 3: Elective courses at SBS/Stockholm University or exchange
Semester 4: Master’s thesis

Eligibility requirements

Bachelor degree in any science and English level B/6 or equivalent.

Selection of Applicants

The ranking and selection of master students is based on GMAT or GRE.

Programme overview


Why choose this programme? 

  • High employability. The programme is given in close collaboration with private and public sector firms and organisations to address relevant challenges for operations managers and controllers.
  • Renowned faculty and institution. Stockholm Business School is one of the top Scandinavian business schools. Creative thinking and critical reasoning are guiding principles and courses are based on the latest scientific research. Stockholm University is on the list of the 100 best universities in the world and has been characterized by openness and innovation since 1878.
  • Unique programme. This programme offers a unique possibility for students with no previous background in the area to learn operations management and control from a strategic, financial and business development, rather than, technical and mathematical perspective. Moreover, this programme benefits significantly from being given by a university integrated business school that cooperates closely with other faculties.



"The shift from selling point products to value based solution sales processes require organisations to transform their operations strategy. Operating models of tomorrow must be able to integrate processes, governance and performance metrics across functional borders and company brands in order to deliver a cohesive and superior customer experience while at the same time staying profitable through operational excellence. The new master’s programme in Operations Management and Control at Stockholm University is well positioned to equip students for leading roles on this transformation."

Dag Sagfors, IBM Global Services - Strategy & Transformation