The IfM is part of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, one of

 Judith Shawcross

Judith Shawcross

Head, Executive and

Professional Development

T: +44 (0) 1223 765603


the world’s leading centres of engineering. It addresses the key issues facing manufacturing today to help industry and governments create sustainable economic growth.


IfM Education and Consultancy Services Limited (IfM ECS), the dissemination arm of the IfM, offers executive and professional development programmes delivered by Cambridge academics and associates.


Our executive and professional development is based on:

  • An active research programme so that delegates get access to the latest thinking from the University of Cambridge in a wide range of manufacturing management areas.
  • An unrivalled understanding of manufacturing industry, the change it is undergoing and the challenges it faces.
  • Excellent teaching practice that changes mind-sets and gives delegates a wide range of skills and tools that are immediately applicable in the workplace.
  • A proven track record of working with industry both through consultancy and in the delivery of education.

Key programme themes

  • Strategy development - helping companies to generate and implement winning strategies based on market needs and supported by internal competencies.
  • Strategic technology management - helping companies to manage investment in new technologies in order to achieve their business goals and create sustainable long-term growth.
  • International manufacturing - addressing challenges and opportunities that manufacturing companies face as a result of the increasing globalisation of markets.
  • Supply networks - providing a strategic understanding of supply chain development and how this can contribute to the competitive performance of your business.
  • Process, product and business infrastructure - providing a strategic understanding of new and emerging technologies to help managers understand the likely impact on their business.
  • Operational excellence - providing a means of measuring and evaluating performance within an organisation, identifying potential both improvements and a means by which to implement the required changes.
  • Innovation management - enabling companies to identify the best ways to innovate in their specific environment and to release the potential inherent within the business to gain and strengthen their competitive position.
  • Service excellence - facilitating organisations to develop and implement the service concept that is gaining increasing importance in the current dynamic environment facing Modern manufacturing organisations.


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Tailored programmes

We work closely with you to understand your needs and identify innovative approaches to the particular issues your organisation is facing. By using active learning techniques combined with real examples from industry, we are able to embed new knowledge and skills which will have a lasting impact on your business.


We run single-module programmes on a particular theme or multi-module manufacturing industry management and leadership programmes over a longer period, typically aimed at high potential managers.


In-company courses

The open courses listed below can be run in-company, tailored to your business context. For example, roadmapping courses have been delivered many times in a range of sectors and countries, with the practical activities adapted to focus on specific topics of interest to organisations. Such programmes can be combined with consulting services to support the rapid application and transfer of techniques to firm, through a ‘learn by doing’ model.


Our tailored programmes can be delivered either in-company or in Cambridge.


Open courses

Open courses and workshops which are based on IfM research. Covering a range of manufacturing management themes. View our courses and events calendar here.


Courses throughout the year include the following:


Strategic RoadmappingStrategic roadmapping - aligning your organisation’s strategic and technology objectives visual approaches for strategy and innovation management.


Technikigy and innovation managementTechnology and innovation management - maximising the potential of new technologies.


Technology intelligenceTechnology intelligence - identifying technological opportunities and threats that could affect the future of your business.


Valuing and seecting technology projectsEvaluating and selecting technology projects - applying tools and techniques to help you choose the right technology projects.


Realising the potential of early stage technologiesRealising the potential of early-stage technologies - fundamental issues associated with the management of early stage technology and innovation.


Visual approaches for strategy and innovation management - Explore and apply principles of visual design for presenting management information.


Making the shift to services

Making the shift to services - how to design new services and improve existing ones.


These courses can also be run in-house, tailored to your organisation’s needs. For more information about open courses and workshops, please visit here.


Research briefings

We also run a number of events presenting new IfM research to industrialists and policymakers. Keep an eye on our events page to find out more.




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For more information, please contact:

Judith Shawcross

Head, Executive and Professional Development

T: +44 (0) 1223 765603



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