Next generation supply chains: making the right decisions about digitalisation

Digital technologies present huge opportunities for supply chain transformation. For many global organisations, the challenge is to identify which aspects of their supply chains should be the focus of their digital attentions. The University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) has published a new executive briefing, ‘Next generation supply chains: Making the right decisions about digitalisation’ based on research from the IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing and insights emerging from its work with industrial partners. It is intended to help supply chain strategists make sound digital decisions that support corporate objectives.

The paper covers:

  • The impact of digitalisation across the end-to-end supply chain
  • A new framework designed to help organisations structure their approach to supply chain transformation, building on existing strengths to achieve competitive advantage
  • An overview of some of the challenges ahead, looking at both the risks and rewards as well as the skills and technology gaps and barriers to progress.


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Event: Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, 27 and 28 September 2018

Supply chain transformation enabled by advanced technologies: implications for producers, consumers and society.

The annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium is the chance to hear from world-leading business figures and thinkers on the challenges facing modern manufacturing. It is a unique event that brings together senior industrialists and leading academics to share approaches and experiences in this strategic domain. 

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Juergen Maier, CEO, Siemens UK
  • Chris Fielden, Group Supply Chain Director, Innocent
  • Michelle Shi-Verdaasdonk, Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing, Signify
  • Edwin de Boer, Senior Director Supply Chain Operations, Cisco
  • John Fleming, Former Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing and Labour Affairs, Ford
  • Alain Leroy, SVP GSC Strategy & Transformation, Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric
  • Jon-Paul Sherlock, Global Technology, Strategy Director, AstraZeneca

Visit the website for more information.