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Podcasts and webinars

Webinar - Innovating Your Business Model: The Capability Assessment Tool

In this webinar Andy Neely revisits original research conducted by the Cambridge Service Alliance which set out to answer the question - 'what capabilities do firms need to successfully innovate their business model for services and solutions'.

What is 3D printing? Dr Tim Minshall

With news of 3D printed cars, houses and even food, is this the future of manufacturing? The Naked Scientists take a closer look at the workings of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, and what this might mean for our collective futures. Tim Minshall took Kat Arney through the basics.

Total information risk management

Making the business case for data quality programmes.

Roadmapping for early stage technology strategy - plastic electronics

A new generation of cheap lightweight plastic electronic technology that does not require silicon, but which is optically transparent and can be coated onto everyday objects would transform our world.

Making a Management Buyout Work - Lessons from Coventry

Jonathan Duck, CEO of Coventry-based Amtico International, discusses management buy-outs, growing business in tough economic conditions and how manufacturing can compete with the Far East.

What does the future hold for Britain's biggest manufacturing sector?

Julian Hunt of the Food and Drink Federation on the challenges facing the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector and how a unique collaborative project between IfM and the FDF has indentified some of the ways in which the industry needs to adapt in order to prosper in the future.

50 years of lasers: working at the speed of light

2010 marks half a century of lasers, Dr Bill O'Neill charts the rise of this fantastic technology and how it is being used across a range of industries and sectors. He also looks at the next steps in laser research and the potential applications.

Collapse of the 'Funding Escalator' in the Greater Cambridge area

David Gill, MD of the St John's Innovation Centre, discusses issues surrounding the dearth of risk capital and venture funding required by the innovative, growth potential firms on which the Cambridge cluster has relied for 30-40 years.

Configuring international supply chains: an integrated operations perspective - findings from research and practice

The design of the supply network, linking suppliers, producers, distributors with their customers is becoming ever more important. Globalization, new routes to market and rapid technology change have resulted in changing industry structures, often involving a fragmentation of the traditional supply chain. Dr Jag Srai details some of the exemplar models identified in recent research projects within the Centre for International Manufacturing.

Contrasting attitudes to innovation support across industry and government

Finbarr Livesey, head of the IfM's Centre for Industry and Government, discusses his new research project investigating which points in the innovation process require which types of policy support.

Cut waste, boost revenue: Practical examples from industry

Waste is produced whenever more power, water or materials are used than is absolutely necessary. In this presentation, Dr Claire Barlow will take a broad definition of waste in manufacturing industry to include anything that does not directly contribute to making the desired product.

Emerging Clean Technology Industries in the United States

Clean technology industries are emerging and attracting significant attention from policy-makers, entrepreneurs and investors. Dr. Gregory Theyel discusses the location and firm strategy decisions of companies in the wind turbine, solar cell, and air and water purification industries.

Implementing open innovation: lessons from multi-national companies

Dr Letizia Mortara looks at how multi-nationals have been approaching Open Innovation and the common themes that were observed by researchers across a range of industries following a two year IfM study of OI.

Inkjet printing in micro-manufacturing: opportunities and limitations

Professor Ian Hutchings, GKN Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at the IfM, discusses the possibilities of using ink-jet printing technology for manufacturing very small things out of metal, ceramics and polymers.

International design scoreboard: where the UK ranks and why it matters

Looking at the findings of a recent study led by the IfM, exploring international design capabilities. It provides the first attempt at ranking 12 countries in terms of their national design capability.

Roadmapping for agile strategy - linking technology to business objectives

Technology roadmapping was originally developed by Motorolain the 1970s, as a means for aligning technology programmes with product developments. Since then it has been widely adopted widely, at firm and sector levels. Dr Rob Phaal looks at how roadmapping has been used to emphasise cross-functional strategic dialogue, decision making and action, providing a light-touch iterative approach for developing strategy.

Servitization strategy of manufacturing firms: evidence from practice

This interview discusses the experience of a large European equipment manufacturer that has successfully moved into services.

Shaping research for industrial innovation

Professor Mike Gregory, Head of Cambridge University Institute for Manufacturing, argues that a more integrated approach is required to manufacturing research.

The Cambridge Technology Cluster - a blueprint for the future?

Interview with Dr Elizabeth Garnsey, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of Cambridge's high tech cluster of companies and the potential for Cambridge's Silicon Fen to provide an industrial blueprint for Britain as a whole. 

The Emergence of New Industries

This interview introduces the IfM's Emerging Industries programme and looks at how “emergence maps” can depict the growth of existing industries. The discussion will explore some of the recurring factors that have been found to promote or inhibit emergence.

The future of supply chain data management

Looking at the latest developments in supply chain research with Aerospace giant Boeing, including developing components with in-built intelligence which use the latest technologies to assess and manage their own service needs.

The Natural Step: a unifying framework for sustainable development

Professor Robèrt, is the founder of the internationally renowned NGO The Natural Step explains how he developed a unifying framework for sustainability and how it has been implemented in industries all over the world.

The Servitization of Manufacturing

Interview with Professor Andy Neely, discussing the impact of servitization on manufacturing, the reasons why it has taken hold and the potential barriers and challenges to its adoption.

Through-life management of industrial assets

Dr Ajith Parlikad will discuss the key challenges in asset management and the role of emerging information technologies in improving the way in which assets are tracked and managed.

What does 'open innovation' mean for the Cambridge high tech cluster?

The IfM's Dr Tim Minshall talks about the realtionship between open innovation and Cambridge, the nature of partnerships. In this interview he examines the nature of OI, the role of serendipity and the role OI plays in getting ideas out of the door.

Mark Champkins - inventor extraordinaire

Mark Champkins,Inventor in Residence at the Science Museum in London, and a former British Inventor of the Year talks to the IfM about how his career has developed from a love of making things as a child to setting up his own company.

Professor Jonathan Linton: Research in technology management

Jonathan Linton, Professor of the Management of Technological Enterprises at the University of Ottawa and chief editor of Techovation in conversation with the IfM's David Probert on current research trends in technology management and the future direction of the field. 

Getting Help with Open Innovation: Role of intermediaries

The IfM's Dr Letizia Mortara discusses her research which looked at how firms seeking to develop Open Innovation skills seek help from numerous organisations offering assistance – from commercial and technical consultancies, to government departments, national and local development agencies, academic networks and university technology transfer offices. These organisations have come to be known as ‘innovation intermediaries'. 

Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick speech at the IfM

The Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, led by the State’s Governor Deval Patrick, was on a visit to Cambridge as part of a 10-day international tour. This is a recoding of Governor Patrick's address on the desire to form new research and business collaborations.

Oliver Gajek - Building a Technology Startup in Germany

Oliver Gajek, founder of Brainloop, discusses the lessons he has learned from creating a technology startup and the differences in entrepreneurial activism and support in Europe and the US.

Manufacturing Footprint Strategy

As global economies become increasingly interconnected, companies need to develop the most appropriate configuration of international manufacturing plants to maximise access to markets and strategic resources. Senior Industrial Fellows Paul Christodoulou and Don Fleet describe the importance of getting this right.

Motivation in Open Innovation

Interview with Roland Harwood of Innovation company 100% Open discusses the need for motivation in an Open Innovation environment.

Skills in Open Innovation

Harry Barraza of Unilever's Open Innovation Group talks about the practical and technical skills needed for OI from the perspective of the multi-national consumer goods company.

Creating an Open Innovation culture

Interview with Ruth Thomson of Cambridge Consultants discusses the need for creating a culture for Open Innovation and the need for OI Champions.

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