This report follows on from a study into the future of High Value Manufacturing (HVM) in the UK commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board and published in February 2012. One of the HVM study recommendations was that particular manufacturing sectors should be explored in greater depth. This report presents the findings from studies of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sectors.
This executive briefing authored by Ivanka Visnjic, Taija Turunen and Andy Neely from the Cambridge Service Alliance, looks at the process of service innovation in an attempt to improve the way that service and product-service providers develop new services.Free
"Improving the competitiveness of UK service providers through applying academic research" is the final report from the Knowledge-Transfer Box (KT-Box) programme. The research reported was developed by six university partners, working on 10 major EPRSC research projects aimed at enhancing the impact of academic research to create and improve complex services.
IfM People Projects and Activities 2012
People Projects and Activities 2012
This study sets out to understand the global manufacturing context in which UK companies must compete and how that context is expected to evolve over the next 15-20 years.
This research investigated the growing trend for companies to acquire technologies from external sources rather than using the firm’s own internal research and development activities.Download free or £50 hardcopy plus P&P
This study explores international approaches to the support of manufacturing research, the prioritisation of research domains, and practices for translating new knowledge into industry.Download free or £75 hardcopy plus P&P
This report provides companies with guidelines on how to improve their approach to the generation of radically different technologies. The authors describe the obstacles facing firms and their employees when attempting to make significant innovative breakthroughs.Download free or £50 hardcopy plus P&P
The report aims to help companies select the most effective source of help with open innovation. It describes the capabilities companies need in order to implement open innovation successfully and the range of assistance offered by different types of innovation intermediaries.Download free or £50 hardcopy plus P&P
This report proposes that – with the right kind of support – small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have the potential to make a significant contribution to growth and employment.
This report contends that much can be achieved by simply changing the emphasis of business support.
This report highlights the challenges facing the industry as it looks to maintain the nation's food security against the combined effects of climate change, higher global demand for agricultural products and increasing pressure on finite resources.
This report from the IfM's Design Management Group and Centre for Industry and Government provides a first ever evaluation of design spending in UK firms.
This report from the IfM's Design Management Group and Centre for Industry and Government describes the generation of a framework for assessing international design capabilities. This framework is used to provide a first ranking of national design capabilities, using best available evidence.
This report from the IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing examines opprtunities for UK enterprises in China and includes elected case studies in white goods, TFT-Liquid crystal display and pharmaceutical sectors.Download free or £50 hardcopy plus P&P
This report sets out to answer the question "I want to implement open innovation, where should I start and what should I do?" It provides an overview of existing approaches to OI and outlines how a company can start to implement a strategy to match the organisation's needs.Download free or £50 hardcopy plus P&P
This report from the IfM's investigates the importance of production to companies and seeks to understand the long-term implications of moving production abroad or outsourcing production to other companies.£50.00 plus P&P
This report produced by researchers in the IfM's Sustainable Manufacturing Group, sets out a vision of a sustainable clothes industry which at the same time would offer new opportunities to retailers and manufacturers.Free plus P&P
Describes a structured approach to understanding and exploiting a company's international 'manufacturing footprint' - the location of its plants around the globe, what their roles should be and how they interact with each other.Download free or £50 hardcopy plus P&P
Towards a sustainable industrial system, with recommendations for education, research, industry and policy
This report calls for a collaborative effort by academics, teachers, industrialists and policy makers to create a sustainable, global industrial system. (25 pages)Download free or £50 hardcopy plus P&P