In addition to its wide-ranging research activities in this field, it offers a range of industry-academic workshops and related industrial and professional advisory services.
CIM focuses on the development of practical tools and techniques underpinned by academic research. Its specific aims are to:
- develop new knowledge, frameworks and techniques for the more effective management of international operations spanning engineering production, supply and service networks
- develop and implement practical tools and materials to support management in industry
- disseminate relevant findings and ideas through both formal and informal communications and events
- provide an interdisciplinary industry-academic community focused on international manufacturing
CIM's activities span research, education and practice and address a broad range of issues from strategy formulation to operations management.
Research integrates three main themes
International - globalisation, internationalisation and country characteristics
Networks - characteristics of network environments
Capability - within engineering, production, supply and service operations