The annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium is the chance to hear from world-leading business figures and thinkers on the challenges facing modern manufacturing. Key issues to be addressed include:
- Configuration and co-ordination of international supply chains
- Off-shoring and on-shoring trends
- Managing fragmented value chains: new processes, business models and risk mitigation
- Sustainable supply network design
- Global industrial systems, changing landscapes and trajectories
- The role of M&A in developing international capabilities and reach
- Newly industrialised economies and the Internationalisation of emerging country multinationals
Speakers on the industry day will include Senior Vice-Presidents of Multinationals, Policy makers from Government, Business and Technology leads.
On the academic day, internationally leading academics will address the key challenge areas of this year’s Symposium.
A copy of the papers presented at the Symposium in 2012 can be found here.
The theme of this year's Symposium is ‘Capturing Value in International Manufacturing and Supply Networks ’. As usual, the Symposium will be split into two independent, but related days. While the exchange of ideas between industrial and academic communities forms a significant feature of the Symposium, this structure is intended to accommodate those who cannot attend both days.
Thursday 20 September
09.00 Registration and refreshments
09:30 Welcome and Introduction
- Dr Jagjit Singh Srai, Head, Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
09:35 Keynote presentations
- Industrialising the Next Generation of Manufacturing Technologies Steve Churchhouse, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Development, Rolls-Royce plc
- Operational and Service Leadership Richard van Delden, Executive Director, Wavin
11:30 Keynote presentations
- The development and future challenges for Huawei’s supply network Yuanfeng Gao, Senior Strategy Specialist, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd
- Growth and Supply Chain Transformation at The LEGO Group Bali Padda, Chief Operating Officer, The LEGO Group
14:00 Keynote presentations
- Supply Chain Design and Consequences for Cost, Resilience (Service) and Innovation David Manson, Previously COO of Findus Foods and Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Unilever
- Value Creation in Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Clive Badman, VP Investigational Materials Supply, GlaxoSmithKline
15:45 Keynote presentation
- Capturing Value from UK High Value Manufacture Malcolm Hannaby, Lead Technologist, TSB
17:15 Wrap up and close of session
18.45 Transport to Corpus Christi College
19.00 Symposium Dinner
Friday 21 September
08.30 Registration and refreshments
09.00 Keynote presentation
- Professor Ram Mudambi, Department of Strategic Management, Temple University, USA
- Professor Peter Williamson, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
10.45 Keynote presentations
- Professor Simon Collinson, Henley Business School, Reading University
11.30 Research Themes
- Academic presentations and discussion of the latest research on international manufacturing value chains. An agenda for these sessions is here.
13.45 Research themes - continued
15.30 Research themes - continued
There will be ample opportunity for questions and informal discussion to enable delegates to assess the relevance of issues to their own sectors. An open forum at the end of the day will debate these issues and identify common themes and needs.
Vice President, Investigational Material Supply, GlaxoSmithKline
Clive Badman took up the position of Vice President, Investigational Material Supply , in R&D, in May 2010. He is responsible for the supply chain for clinical trials worldwide and the scale up and transfers of products into manufacturing.
Clive joined Beecham Pharmaceuticals in 1978 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in Development and Production both at site and in central functions.
Clive has a BSc and PhD in Chemistry from Dundee University and is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University and Chairman of CMAC (Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation). He was awarded an OBE in 2012
Value Creation in Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
The Pharmaceutical Industry has gone through a period of great change in the last few years. The patent cliff has become a reality for many major Pharma companies. In this environment, the application of continuous manufacturing offers an opportunity for improvement in quality, cost and environmental sustainability.
Executive Vice President, Rolls-Royce Supply Chain Development
Steve is Executive Vice President – Supply Chain Development for the Rolls-Royce gas turbine businesses. Steve is accountable for leading both the strategy and also the change & investment programme execution to ensure that Rolls-Royce has a gas turbine supply chain with the capacity, cost base and technology to meet the challenges of our growing business. Steve has previously held a number of engine programme director jobs located variously in the UK, USA and Germany. Steve’s professional background is as a control systems engineer. He joined Rolls-Royce as an undergraduate apprentice in 1981 and studied at Loughborough University and Churchill College, Cambridge. Steve is married with three children.
Industrialising the next generation of manufacturing technologies
Advances in technology under the broad definition of ‘additive manufacturing’ offer a generational improvement opportunity to industry. However the new landscape is complex and fragmented. Classic make versus buy methodology does not readily assist investment decision making when there are few existing points of comparison. The corporate discipline of internal capital allocation demands a rational approach.
Rolls-Royce working together with the Cambridge IfM has developed and applied a practical technique which decomposes the manufacturing value stream into a set of process activities. Each activity is evaluated against a set of criteria and a suitable supply chain models from a spectrum of options is thus indicated for each activity. Activities are then re-aggregated to generate real word supply chain solutions. This process is enabling Rolls-Royce to be efficient in allocating its capital and human resources to industrialise the next generation of manufacturing technologies.
Professor of International Business and Innovation, Henley Business School, University of Reading*
Dr Collinson is a member of the UK Economic and Social Research Council and sits on the Council of the British Academy of Management and the Board of the Simplicity Partnership. He was previously at Warwick Business School, where he held the posts of Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (MBAs). His current research is on innovation and competitiveness in emerging economies, with a particular focus on China. He is currently the Guangbiao Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.
Dr Collinson has published in JIBS, Research Policy, Organisation Studies, MIR and many other journals and is co-author of the FT / Pearson ‘International Business’ textbook with Alan Rugman. Recent research has also featured in Sunday Times, BBC Radio 4, the New Statesman and the US News and World Report. He has recently presented on his China research to the Industry and Parliament Trust at the British House of Commons and at the Royal Academy of Engineering.
*Note that Simon Collinson will be changing roles from October 2012, as the new Director of Birmingham Business School, Birmingham University. (email@example.com)
Recombination for Innovation: How evolving complementarities between established and emerging multinational firms are shaping global value chains.
As multinational enterprises (MNEs) from advanced and emerging economies invest in each other’s markets via acquisitions, joint-ventures and collaborative partnerships there are a growing range of opportunities for (re-)combining their respective assets and capabilities to create new ownership advantages. Drawing from survey research on collaborative innovation in partnerships between Western MNEs and Chinese firms, two dimensions of this process and its outcomes will be explored in this talk. First, the degree to which sustained strategic alignment and balanced reciprocity between the partners appears to influence the success of the collaboration. Second, the degree to which the resulting ownership advantages are location-bound (country-specific and non-transferrable) or firm-specific and therefore exploitable globally. Both dimensions have interesting implications for theory and practice.
Senior Strategy Specialist, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd
Mr Gao Yuanfeng is a senior specialist from HUAWEI supply chain strategy planning.
Prior to HUAWEI, Gao worked in Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, International measurement and test instrument company and ZTE where Gao took the role of product operations, NPI test engineering, Mfg engineering and Reliability test engineering.
Lead Technologist High Value Manufacturing, TSB
Malcolm Hannaby is Lead Technologist, High Value Manufacturing in the Process Industry at the Technology Strategy Board, the leading UK Government agency for innovation. After receiving a PhD in organic synthesis, he has spent much of his career in the chemical industry in roles ranging across research & development, marketing, business management and strategic planning, based at times in Europe, America and Asia. He joined the Innovation Team at the Technology Strategy Board in 2011 with responsibility for High Value Manufacturing in the process industries. In the past year he has lead a wide consultation with industry and selected public organisations relating to the UK manufacturing landscape over the next 15-20 years. He has contributed to the updating of the TSB High Value Manufacturing strategy, which has recently been published, and to the delivery of this plan including the establishment of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. He is currently contributing to preparing the technology roadmap for the SPIRE PPP focused on the process industry, likely to become part of the European Horizon 2020 framework programme.
Previously COO of Findus Group and SVP Supply Chain Unilever
Having started his professional career making bicycles for TI Raleigh, David joined Unilever as a graduate trainee on completion of a mechanical engineering degree in 1986. He spent 22 varied and happy years in a range of operating company, regional and global roles in manufacturing, technical, end to end SC and general management disciplines. Latterly David had regional responsibility as SVP Supply Chain for Africa, Middle East and Turkey and in his final role in Unilever led the development a new global SC purpose and strategy.
He left Unilever in 2008 in order to join a PE backed business, Findus Group, as COO. Findus Group produces and sells frozen and chilled food and has a turnover of more than £1.1bn. Its primary operations are in the UK, France and Scandinavia. It is one of the largest fish processors in the world.
David left Findus Group at the end of 2011 and is now providing freelance consultancy in operational supply chain management and strategy development. He is a Non-Executive Director to Suiko.
Department of Strategic Management, Temple University, USA
Ram Mudambi is Professor and Perelman Senior Research Fellow at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading’s Henley Business School. He is a Fellow of Academy of International Business (AIB), a Lifetime Fellow of the Academy of the University of Messina in Italy, an Honorary Professor at the Center of International Business, University of Leeds (CIBUL) and a member of advisory council of the University of Bradford Centre in International Business (BCIB).
His current research focuses on the geography of innovation, broadly defined. He is an Associate Editor of the Global Strategy Journal and the Book Review Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies. He has served as Special Issue Editor for Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Management Studies, International Business Review and Journal of International Management.
He has published over 80 refereed articles and 6 books. His work has appeared in Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Geography, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, among others.
Chief Operating Officer, The LEGO Group
The LEGO Group provides toys, experiences and teaching materials for children in more than 130 countries and is the world’s third largest manufacturer of play materials. The company’s global supply network consists of major plants in Denmark, Mexico, Hungary and Czech Republic supported by various outsource and distribution partners.
Over the last 7 years, the company has been transformed from a $5bn / 3,000 staff / outsourced business to a $20bn / 10,000 staff / 85% in-house business. Needless to say, the global manufacturing and supply chain during this time has undergone a fundamental transformation.
Bali Padda has overseen The LEGO Group’s global operations during this extraordinary part of the company’s history. His talk at the Symposium will cover a high level ‘story’ as well as describing some of the key experiences from this eventful journey. He will also pick out some key learnings and will reflect on why The LEGO Group has followed what some might describe as a contrarian supply model within the global toy industry.
Executive Director, Wavin
2005 - Now: Wavin Group as Executive Director Supply Chain & Operations. Member of the Executive Committee responsible for Supply Chain & Operations including Strategic Sourcing and Central Purchasing at the Wavin Group. Wavin is Europe's leading manufacturer of plastic pipe systems, present in 28 countries with approx. 6,500 employees and generating a revenue of 1.3 billion Euro (2011).
2000 - 2005 Manugistics as Sales Director
1996 - 2000 PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting as Managing Consultant
1992 - 1996 DeltaDailyfood as Logistics Manager
1986 - 1992 University of Groningen study Master of Business Sciences
Operational and Service Leadership
The Wavin Group is the leading supplier of plastic pipe systems in Europe involving a complex supply chain consisting of over 40 plants and a complex inbound and outbound network. The Group faces increasing pressures on service and cost, together with the need to provide complex solutions to construction, utilities and industrial sectors. Richard’s talk will outline recent strategic thrusts aimed at developing and implementing the right Supply and Manufacturing Footprint to achieve Operational and Service leadership within the European market for the Wavin Group.
Professor of International Management at Judge Business School and Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge.
Peter divides his time between research and consulting on global strategy, M&A, and business ecosystem innovation and serving as non-executive director of several companies spanning financial services through to green energy. He has held professorships at London Business School, Harvard Business School and INSEAD (in Singapore). Formerly with The Boston Consulting Group, he earned his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.
Peter has worked with companies in China since 1983 and co-authored two of Asia’s best selling business books: Dragons at Your Door: How Chinese cost innovation is disrupting global competition and Winning in Asia: Strategies for Competing in the New Millennium, both published by Harvard Business Press. He is the author of many articles including “How China Reset it Global Acquisition Agenda”, “Value-For-Money Strategies For Recessionary Times”, “China’s Hidden Dragons” (all in Harvard Business Review), “Strategies for Competing in a Changed China” and “Is Your Innovation Process Global?” (both in the MIT-Sloan Management Review). The latter received a Sloan-Pricewaterhouse Coopers Award honouring those articles that have contributed to the enhancement of management practice.
Chinese companies are identifying new ways to innovate by re-defining the focus of innovation and re-engineering traditional R&D processes in ways that allow the on novel deployment of Chinese cost advantages. This is creating opportunities to develop new technologies faster and at lower cost, reduce the investment required for innovation by re-purposing existing technologies in new applications, and direct new technologies to deliver better value for money to customers. This presentation will discuss how these new approaches have been identified and implemented by Chinese companies as they have sought to leverage the large, low-cost labour pool, including an army of skilled engineers, and responded to the mix of resource constraints, consumer demands, and competitive environment in China. It will conclude with some suggestions as to how Western competitors might respond to this new wave of disruptive innovation.
Call for papers
This year, the research day, in addition to tracks on the above theme areas, will also include tracks on:
- Global Manufacturing and China; in collaboration with Zhejiang University
- India-UK Food Supply Chains: in collaboration with Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow Call for papers now available
- Brazilian Multinationals: in collaboration with University of Sao Paulo
- Internationalisation of Emerging Country Multinational corporations Call for papers now available
The scope for research papers is broad, building the areas of interest identified in previous Symposia and emerging issues in the field of international manufacturing. A particularly interesting new topic this year will be value capturing in globalisation, growth of new multinationals from the emerging nations, and changing industrial landscapes. The Symposium research themes are listed on the Call for Papers, but submissions are encouraged in any discipline or subject area related to the Symposium topic.
A list of papers accepted for inclusion in the Symposium can be found here.
Important dates for abstracts and papers
- 15 August 2012: direct full paper submission (max 7000 words)
- Submit to Jo Griffiths (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the themes above or
- Submit to Dr Mukesh Kumar (email@example.com) for the Special Conference Track on UK-India Food Supply Chain
- 31 August 2012: full paper final submission for accepted abstracts
- 31 August 2012: acceptance notification for presentation of full papers submitted
- 15 August 2012: direct full paper submission (max 7000 words)
- 31 August 2012: acceptance notification for presentation
NB Acceptance is conditional on at least one author booking to attend the Symposium by Friday 17 August 2012
All abstracts should be sent to:
Jo Griffiths, Event Manager
Institute for Manufacturing
17 Charles Babbage Road
Cambridge CB2 1RX
T: +44 (0)1223 766141
Registration and Accommodation
To register, please download the booking form, and complete and return to the address given on the form.
The fee includes admission to all sessions, delegate materials and the Symposium proceedings, lunches, and refreshments.
- Members of the IfM and IfM alumni £585 + VAT (£702)
- Non-IfM Members £650 + VAT (£780)
Register before 30 July 2012 for the 'Earlybird' fees:
- Members of the IfM and IfM alumni £526.50 + VAT (£631.80)
- Non-IfM Members £585.00 + VAT (£702)
Academic and PhD Student Registration
To qualify for the PhD student rate, written proof of your PhD status is required. A copy of your valid student card should be sent to the Event organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please download the academic booking form.
PLEASE NOTE - LIMITED ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE MOLLER CENTRE FOR THE NIGHT OF THURSDAY 20 SEPTEMBER ONLY. NO ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE FOR THE NIGHT OF WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER. CHURCHILL COLLEGE IS ADJACENT AND ROOMS CAN BE BOOKED ONLINE HERE. IF YOU REQUIRE OTHER OPTIONS, THE "VISIT CAMBRIDGE" WEBSITE HAS A HOTEL BOOKING SERVICE.
Accommodation may be booked at the Moller Centre on the nights of Wednesday 19 September and Thursday 20 September at a cost of £95 + VAT (£114) per night.
Rooms are ensuite and are provided with tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar with fresh milk each day and digital plasma TV. All rooms have complimentary wireless broadband and provide extra large work areas for laptops and documents.
The dinner is a key social and networking opportunity during the Symposium. It will take place on Thursday 20 September in Corpus Christi's 19th Century Hall. New Gothic in style, it is one of the few dining halls in Cambridge that can seat most of the College's member at one sitting. The stained-glass windows, chandeliers and candle-lit tables create an atmospheric dining experience in a tradition dating back 650 years.
- Symposium dinner £55 + VAT (£66)
A buffet supper will be available from 18.00 – 20.00 hrs on Wednesday 19 September at the Moller Centre.
- Buffet supper £40 + VAT (£48)
Who should attend?
Directors and senior managers responsible for:
- manufacturing networks
- global supply chains
- international business development
- strategic reconfiguration
- outbound logistics/customer service
Researchers working in the fields of:
- design of manufacturing or service based supply networks
- international operations management
- international business
- M&As, intra and inter-firm partnership models
Recent industrial participants have included representatives from…
ABB, Aggreko, Alliance Unichem, ALPS Electric (UK), APV, Arup, AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Beiersdorf AG, Bombardier, BP Solar, Cadbury, Caterpillar, Cisco, Danfoss, Diageo, ESAB Holding, Fujitsu-Siemens Group, GKN, GlaxoSmithKline, Grundfos, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, IMI Norgren, Jeyes, Johnson Matthey, Kraft Foods, Linde, Mars, Morgan Crucible, Nestle, P&G, Philips, Reckitt Benckiser, Rolls-Royce, Schneider Electric, Sealed Air, Shell, Siemens, Smiths Group, Unilever, Wavin, WABCO, Yamazaki
General information. travel and contacts
The event will be held at the Møller Centre, a purpose-built conference facility in the grounds of Churchill College, Cambridge. The symposium dinner will be held at Corpus Christi College.
Travelling to Cambridge
For detailed travel information please see www.mollercentre.co.uk/location/index.html/.
The closest airport is London Stansted which has a direct train link to Cambridge.
The Symposium is organised and hosted by the Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM), one of several research centres within the University of Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).
To find out more, or to express interest in attending the symposium, contact
IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd
17 Charles Babbage Road
Cambridge, CB3 0FS, UK
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