The Internet of Things: an introduction to IoT technology and strategies for your organisation

Course Overview 

This new course combines:

  • an introduction to the technology comprising the Internet of Things; and
  • strategy tools for the adoption of IoT technology.

The course is delivered online. The components of IoT technology are brought to life in a workshop using hands on activities, allowing you to experience the concepts introduced in the online classes. Strategy frameworks developed by the Institute for Manufacturing from research on business and platform ecosystems are explored using real world examples. This immersive experience takes participants on a journey from how sensors work to how the use of the data generated could transform the ecosystem in which your organisation operates.

What you will learn

The desired outcome of the workshops is to equip the learner with a conceptual understanding of the opportunities and structural changes that IoT brings. The strategy frameworks aim to support the creation of value propositions through ecosystem mapping. The workshop includes basic computer programming and sensor building activities. These, however, are all guided and learning to code or to specify IoT technology are not direct objectives of the workshops.


Who would benefit from attending?

These workshops are designed for management and executive level employees in organisations from all sectors. Participants are not required to have any education in engineering or computer science, or a technical background.
There are a number of studentships available for UK residents for this new course. A studentship covers the whole of the tuition fee.


Course Tutors

Florian Urmetzer is a Senior Research Associate with the Cambridge Service Alliance. Florian is interested in the development of tools for service design. In detail, he is looking at the creation and capture of value within complex service ecosystems. Specifically, he is interested in helping managers to fully understand the value exchange, in order to enable them to influence business models, and optimize B2B and B2C processes. Florian’s second research interest is customer satisfaction. He holds a distinction MSc (Network Centred Computing) and a PhD, both from Reading University, School of Systems Engineering. His PhD research was concerned with the development of a Tool and Methods that Enables Usability Evaluations in Real-time Distributed Collaborative Environments. 


Imogen Cleaver is a Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge in Learning IoT for Executive Education. She is interested in organisational change, trust in collaborations and social identity theory. Imogen holds a First in Law from the University of Oxford, a Distinction in her Masters of Research and a PhD in Management from Cass Business School, City, University of London where she continues to hold an Honorary Visiting Fellowship. Before returning to the university world she qualified and worked as a solicitor at Linklaters and later worked in the new media industry.


Aidan Parkinson is a Senior Research Associate in Learning IoT for Executive Education at the Institute for Manufacturing. He was awarded a Bachelor of Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in 2008. Following this, he obtained a Master of Science in Environmental Design and Engineering from UCL. In 2009, Aidan was awarded an Industrial CASE EPSRC Studentship to explore PhD research in Appropriate Responses by Landlords to the Energy Management of Mixed-Use Large-Scale Developments with Grosvenor Estate as industrial partner. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2016. Aidan has worked at Arup as a professional consulting engineer since 2014, specialising in post-occupancy evaluation and digital buildings. Aidan has particular interest in inspiring innovation in assistive technologies for marginalised customers and the governance of digital platforms.


Maximilian Ge is a Research Assistant in the Manufacturing Industry Education Research Group at the Institute for Manufacturing, working on industry adoption of Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. He has been actively engaged in the Cambridge technology and innovation ecosystem for over a decade. Maximilian worked on tech startups and undertook PhD research at the IfM Centre for Technology Management in technology acquisition and business models in the tech and biotech industry. He holds an MSc in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St Andrews and read maths and computer science at the University of Cologne.




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For further information please contact:

Louise Wood

T: +44 (0)1223 766141