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Economics in Pulp and Paper Making

Course content:

The course is a post-gradual course. The objective is to increase the understanding of the interplay between economic and technology factors, and between different industrial sectors, in the forest-based value chains and biorefinery production. The course combines economic and management theory lectures with presentations of industrial cases by industry representatives.
 Driving forces behind the bioeconomy concept and biorefineries
 The economics of biorefinery industry
 Economic aspects of forest industry/biorefinery investment and operations
 Strategic considerations in the forest industry
 Innovation and the biorefinery
 Marketing and customer behaviour

Learning objectives:

At the end of this course the participants shall recognize the
main economic driving forces affecting different actors along the forest-based value chain. They should also have a good understanding about the economic mechanisms behind the change process in the sector. The students shall understand the different uses of central economic concepts, methods, models and key performance indicators or ratios - when and how to use which - and in a seminar task case apply some of these.

The course aims to show how technology, economics, and market dynamics interplay within business economic conditions in the sector. In a seminar task (1 - 3 persons jointly) demonstrate an ability to use the economic models and theories to analyze economic and management issues in the forest industry sector.

Emphasis will be on:
 The economic role of the forest sector in a bio economy and the biorefinery concept
 The economic and technological drivers influencing the long-term structural transformation of the pulp & paper and supplier industries - globally and at home.
 How forest industries act strategically to define their goals and to handle external and internal factors
 The economic significance of forest based supply chain management
 Innovation management and marketing in the forest industries

In a seminar task case they shall apply and assess the models used, to analyse a relevant and realistic issue in a case study. The assignment is presented in a written document and in a seminar.




Fall 2021






Anders Roos (SLU), Matti Stendahl (SLU), Monica Ek (KTH), Nippe Hylander, and Guest lecturers




The course is aimed at university and industry researchers and personnel with general interest in the economics of the forest-based value chains. Some fundamental knowledge of forest industry processes is necessary.

Course fee:

The course is free of charge for PhD-students listed at Swedish universities; other PhD-students are entitled to a reduced course fee. Industrial participants are welcome to take the course as commissioned education; the course fee is then SEK 24.300:- for the whole course (not incl VAT). Participation on single days is also possible, if you address that formally to the FPIRC office. In that case, a fee of SEK 8.000:- will be charged.

Course responsible:

Prof.. Monica Ek, KTH
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