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Exploring innovation capability in the UK Advanced Manufacturing value chain

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The ambition of the UK Industrial Strategy is to boost productivity, capitalise on UK’s strengths and act on the weaknesses that may stop the country from realising its full potential. Significant investment has been made by the Government through mechanisms such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and investment in HVM Catapults. However, the Government recognise that there is more to manufacturing productivity than just infrastructure and research; it is about commercialising and adopting new technology and having the right technical and leadership skills to manage change (Lambert, 2018). More recently investments have been made to address these more managerial challenges through initiatives and bodies such as Be the Business, Productivity through People, and Made Smarter.

To profile the innovation maturity of UK firms within the UK Advanced Manufacturing value chain and identify barriers to productivity improvement.

The ambition of the UK Industrial Strategy is to boost productivity, capitalise on UK’s strengths and act on the weaknesses that may stop the country from realising its full potential. Significant investment has been made by the Government through mechanisms such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and investment in HVM Catapults. However, the Government recognise that there is more to manufacturing productivity than just infrastructure and research; it is about commercialising and adopting new technology and having the right technical and leadership skills to manage change (Lambert, 2018). More recently investments have been made to address these more managerial challenges through initiatives and bodies such as Be the Business, Productivity through People, and Made Smarter.

To profile the innovation maturity of UK firms within the UK Advanced Manufacturing value chain and identify barriers to productivity improvement.

To carry out an innovation audit of firms at all levels of the UK advanced manufacturing value chain
To identify the most common constraints
To make recommendations that will help improve the uptake of new technologies in UK manufacturing firms
The research will build upon innovation and operations management theory, utilising and adapting an existing tool for assessing innovation maturity (Enkle et al, 2011) and pairing this with the theory of constraints philosophy (Goldratt,1984) to better understand the constraints found by firms at each level in the value chain. This two-step approach is similar to that pioneered by Clegg (2018). A survey and a series of workshops will gather new empirical data, which will be coded using relational content analysis to identify a parsimonious set of constraint categories.

- To carry out an innovation audit of firms at all levels of the UK advanced manufacturing value chain
- To identify the most common constraints
- To make recommendations that will help improve the uptake of new technologies in UK manufacturing firms

The research will build upon innovation and operations management theory, utilising and adapting an existing tool for assessing innovation maturity (Enkle et al, 2011) and pairing this with the theory of constraints philosophy (Goldratt,1984) to better understand the constraints found by firms at each level in the value chain. This two-step approach is similar to that pioneered by Clegg (2018). A survey and a series of workshops will gather new empirical data, which will be coded using relational content analysis to identify a parsimonious set of constraint categories.

Funding Notes

*International students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee.

References

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