How can innovative sustainable technologies be spread to make an impact on global warming and resource scarcity? PhD student in the Centre for Technology Management,
Harold Overholm, has been researching how business model innovation could contribute to the take-up of sustainable technologies.
Rod Skewes, Caterpillar’s Manager of Global Production Network Planning, describes their approach, developed in collaboration with Cambridge University.
Integration of industrial sustainability into business decision making using supply network design tools
It is widely recognised that industrial systems have been a major driver in raising the standard of living around the world, however it is also understood that manufacturing systems are a major influence on the global environment.
2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation). The science has evolved from a series of curious instruments conceived and produced by a handful of scientists, to one of the most important scientific inventions of all time.
Technology roadmapping: facilitating collaborative strategy development
Roadmapping approaches are now widely used at company, sector and national levels to align research investments and other actions with goals and policy.
Most people acknowledge that swift action needs to be taken to curb climate change, and many would suggest that legislation is a primary route to ensure harmful emissions are reduced.
Manufacturers are increasingly turning towards Open Innovation (OI) as a means of enhancing their innovation capability. As manufacturing processes and technology grow in complexity and global markets become more competitive, few companies can rely on in-house research departments alone.
New forms of supply network are emerging to support novel technologies coming to
market and also to underpin alternative business models. As part of the IfM’s Emerging Industries Programme, research at the Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) is looking at how supply networks shape industrial emergence.
Leading manufacturers are pumping trillions of dollars into overseas investments as they seek to establish a position in global markets. The primary means for such Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) are mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
Many manufacturing firms have developed a service dimension to their product portfolio. However, the provision of product service solutions has placed an increasingly heavy reliance on networks of multiple partners to deliver services, often right through to the point-of-use.
As global economies becoming increasingly interconnected, companies need to develop the most appropriate configuration of international manufacturing plants to maximise access to markets and strategic resources.
Evolving on the fringes of China’s industrial heartland and regarded with some suspicion
by the established players, Shan-Zhai manufacturing has nevertheless grown into a multi-million dollar business, that could lead to new insights for Western manufacturing.
Companies need to keep abreast of the latest technological innovations if they are to take advantage of new business opportunities and become aware of potential threats. Examples of disruptive innovations that have revolutionised an industry include liquid crystal displays (which have now largely displaced cathode ray tubes in televisions) and digital technology which has transformed the photographic industry.
process is emerging focused on developing the right configuration of manufacturing plants around the globe – where to locate them, what their roles should be and how they should interact with each other.
Are you making the most of your extended supply network? Recent research at the IfM indicates that the capabilities of a company’s supply network can be a vital source of
competitive advantage in international markets.
As companies face pressure from increased competition, shortening product life cycles
and growing product complexity many are finding they need to change the way they develop new technologies, products and services.