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We are delighted to announce the dates for the 18th Annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium which will take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th September 2014, with the event being held at the Moller Centre in Cambridge, UK.
April 2014 saw the launch of CIM’s report: “Capturing value from global networks – strategic approaches to designing international production, supply and service operations”. This report describes the research and real-World application of innovative approaches for guiding strategy and policy, undertaken at the Centre for International Manufacturing. Details on the report launch schedule will be circulated this month.
The symposium focus this year will examine the key areas of this report and the implications for manufacturing, supply networks and corporate policy in the 21st century.
Special tracks will also be featured on areas such as risk, re-shoring, continuous processing, sustainable supply networks, e-commerce and last mile logistics, service supply networks, industry emergence and transformation, dynamic capabilities and emerging country multi-nationals.
The second day will comprise a mixture of keynote academic presentations and research papers in several parallel interest streams.
The scope for research papers is broad, building on the areas of interest identified in previous Symposia and emerging issues in the field of international manufacturing. The Symposium research themes are listed below, but submissions are encouraged in any discipline or subject area related to the Symposium topic.
- Re-shoring / off-shoring trends: Anecdotal evidence suggests the re-shoring of production to developed countries. We examine the key drivers and whether these trends are prevalent in all sectors. Indeed, is what we are witnessing part of the dynamics of international production, with offshoring continuing for some products, or is this a new phenomenon driven by considerations of supply security, responsiveness and national policy?
- Emerging Multinationals (EMNCs): What is the impact of the emergence of emerging country MNCs on the configuration of manufacturing value chain activities worldwide? What drives a firm’s strategic choices for international dispersion? We will explore results emerging from cross-sector studies from the BRIC countries.
- Industry evolution models and ecosystems: By mapping industrial systems and the ways in which new business ecosystems evolve, we observe 'co-evolution' patterns between firms and the dynamic capabilities that support transition, in nascent, emerging and mature industries.
- Configuring sustainable supply networks: Pressure to reduce the environmental impact of industry has become increasingly urgent with implications for company footprint, location decision, product format, recycling, remanufacturing, supply and service models. How should firms reconfigure their international manufacturing and supply networks from a triple bottom line perspective?
- Risk and resilience of global supply networks: In an increasingly uncertain environment, corporate decision-makers and policymakers?are anxious to ensure that networks will be able to recover from operational failures and unexpected disturbances. We will explore approaches that support network resilience as well as risk mitigation practices of firms.
- Service supply networks: Many global manufacturers have added a service dimension to their business model and have thereby introduced new challenges for network design. We explore new strategic approaches that are needed to help configure and integrate these extended product-service networks.
- E-commerce based last mile logistics – B2B and B2C models: Recent years have witnessed the development of new routes-to-market, partly driven by e-commerce initiatives, involving specialist ‘last-mile’ service providers. In the business-to-consumer (B2C) context, we examine the need for improved service delivery, and in the business-to-business (B2B) context how smart consolidation practices can deliver ‘just-in-time’.
- Alternative production processes – implications for supply network design: What impact might new production processes and business models have on future supply networks and industrial systems? The focus of this track will include exploration of alternative production processes such as continuous, additive, and more distributed manufacturing models.
- Design and coordination of international manufacturing and supply chains: Today's global markets are driving established companies to manage manufacturing and supply networks on an international basis and to re-examine their current networks. What are companies trying to achieve, what solutions are they selecting and what processes are they using in affecting network transformation? How do these changes impact the corporate strategist and industrial policymakers?
- Corporate lean and sustainability programs: In their pursuit of operational excellence, MNCs roll out corporate lean and sustainability programs. The question is no longer if such programs can be effective, but how to implement them in a dispersed network of plants. This special track discusses how to capture value in global networks using corporate improvement programs.
- Global manufacturing and china (GMC): China emerged as the 2nd largest economy in the last 30 years, but it is now facing serious challenges in transforming from labour, investment, and pollution intensive manufacturing development models. What are its new directions of industrial development? Can China find new ways to explore new industrial development paths and more sustainable industrial systems?
Although the Symposium attracts an international audience of senior academics, papers from doctoral researchers are particularly encouraged. Presenters should bear in mind that industrial delegates are encouraged to stay for the research day and should therefore aim to make their work accessible to a non-academic audience and to highlight any practical implications. The academic day will close with an open forum discussion of the papers presented.
Important dates for abstracts and papers
- 30th June: submission of abstracts (max. 400 words)
- 14th July: notification of abstract acceptance
- 25th August: full paper final submission for accepted abstracts (please see full paper guidelines here).
- 11th August: direct full paper submission (max. 7000 words) (please see full paper guidelines here).
- 25th August: acceptance notification for presentation
Acceptance is conditional on at least one author booking to attend the Symposium by Friday 15 August 2014
All abstracts should be sent to the Events Manager at:
Institute for Manufacturing
17 Charles Babbage Road,
Cambridge CB3 0FS
T: +44 (0)1223 766141
Registration and Accommodation
Booking is now closed.
Thursday 11 September
09.00 Registration and refreshments
09:25 Welcome and introduction
Dr Jagjit Singh Srai, Head, Centre for
IfM, University of Cambridge
09:30 Peter McDonnell, Senior Technical
10:45 Tim Flaherty, ACS Operations
General Manager, Caterpillar
11:30 Knud Krægpøth, SVP Corporate
Supply Chain, Grundfos
12:15 Lunch and networking
13:30 Dhivant Patel, Global e-Commerce
Supply Chain Manager, Unilever
14:15 Nigel Strutt - UK Director, Customer
Relations & Supply Chain Strategy,
Lockheed Martin UK
15:30 Jeffrey Tew, Chief Scientist TCS,
16.15 Stephen Spall, Group Operations
Director, Innocent Drinks
17:00 Wrap up and close of session
19.00 Symposium Dinner at Peterhouse College
Friday 12 September
A copy of the full programme can be downloaded here
08.00 Registration and refreshments
08.30 Professor Bart L MacCarthy
European Editor, The International Journal of Production Economics;
Professor of Operations Management, Nottingham University Business School
09:15 Professor Lisa M. Ellram
Co-editor-in-chief, Journal of Supply Chain Management; James Evans Rees
Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain at the Farmer School of Business,
10.30 Research themes
Academic presentations and discussion of the latest research
12.00 Academic panel discussion
‘Publishing and Special Issue Opportunities for Research on New Supply Chains and Global Value Networks’
13.15 Research themes - continued
15.00 Research themes - continued
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, Carl Zeiss, Caterpillar, Cisco, Danfoss, Diageo, Domino, Electrolux, Fujitsu-Siemens Group, Huawei, GKN, GlaxoSmithKline, Grundfos, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, Jaguar Land Rover, Jeyes, Johnson Matthey, Kraft Foods, Linde, Mars, Morgan Crucible, Nestlé, P&G, Philips, Reckitt Benckiser, Rolls-Royce, Schneider Electric, Sealed Air, Shell, Smiths Group, The LEGO Group, Unilever, Wavin, WABCO, Wärtsilä, Yamazaki