IfM Briefings

Thought-provoking events that tackle real challenges. Bringing the right people together to address problems and share experiences to have a direct impact on improving their work.



Hear insights from world-leading manufacturing researchers and practitioners, share ideas and experiences, have your voice heard and network with influencers in industry, policy and research.


Each event is tailored to a defined audience, focussing on a specific topic, bringing together expertise in that topic to address common challenges in manufacturing.


Upcoming Briefings: 


Announcement for the next Briefing due early in 2020.


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Previous Briefings:


Strategic approaches to digitalisation



New and emerging technologies present huge opportunities for businesses. But how can companies identify and capitalise on these opportunities, while remaining squarely focused on business strategy and on delivering customer value? And how can they respond to challenges such as the cost and complexity of digitalisation, skills requirements, and disruption from new market entrants?


In this short, focused Briefing for manufacturing decision-makers and policy practitioners, we provide insights from the latest thinking and research from the Institute for Manufacturing around successful strategies for digitalisation.

Drawing on case studies from industry and from international practice, the event will explore frameworks and real examples that can help decision makers to develop strategic approaches for digitalisation initiatives.


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Developing industrial capabilities - for companies and countries



Understanding and developing capabilities is an essential part of strategic management of businesses. It also matters for countries – particularly those finding themselves in rapidly changing environments.


We were joined by Professor David Teece, who highlighted his work in dynamic capabilities, followed by Professor Tim Minshall who looked at capability development in the Cambridge cluster, and Dr Paul Christodoulou and Frank Wagner who shared their experience of developing global supply chain capabilities at a range of companies. 


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Innovation for Food Security and Sustainability



How can the food industry innovate effectively to improve food security and sustainability? This was the question addressed by speakers at the recent IfM Briefing in London on 25th June 2019.


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