Worker assistance systems are becoming increasingly intelligent, interactive and supportive. But do they have a future on the shop floor? Mirco Möncks, Elisa Roth and Dr Thomas Bohné from the IfM's Cyber-Human Lab share insights from a recent study on stakeholders’ perspectives on assistive technology in manufacturing.
How can organisations take a more strategic approach to managing innovation, and why could this be beneficial? John Saiz and Dr Clemens Chaskel share their insights.
Rob Munro, Industrial Associate for IfM Education and Consultancy Services, shares some insights into AIR4, a government-funded initiative to bring a more structured approach to making innovation happen in the rail sector.
Dr Thomas Bohné shares insights from current research into the potential for using cyber-human technology for industrial skills training.
This case study demonstrates how Grundfos used the IfM Portfolio Prioritisation Tool for their project selection process, providing clear and objective criteria to enhance decision making.
With new technologies appearing more rapidly than ever before, Dr Letizia Mortara discusses how technology intelligence could help pick the ones that will deliver competitive advantage and spot the threats.
A structured approach to making 'make-or-buy' decisions.
Communicating technology intelligence effectively to decision-makers can be challenging. This Practice Guide explores the reasons why and suggests some practical strategies for overcoming barriers.
Project delays, cost overruns, misalignment with company strategy - these are just some of the things that can go wrong with new product development and they are often directly attributable to the very earliest stages of the innovation process.
A general management tool catalogue developed (T-Cat) which contains more than 850 simple 'matrix' tools, in covering many areas of management.
Exploring the development and use of structured methods to gather, explore organise and communicate the information necessary for decision-making and management.
Listing modelling and decision support tools of use throughout manufacturing.
Convincing someone to invest in new technologies is one of the most important tasks of technology management. Yet the actual process of getting the buy-in decision is often inconclusive. (2009, Paperback, 26 pages)
Helps companies evaluate their systems for keeping abreast of the latest technology developments and to identify areas for improvement.
Offers a structured process, reviewing all relevant factors, to help the choice between producing 'in-house' and using an outside supplier. (2001, Spiralbound, 68 pages)
Dr Rob Phaal from the Centre for Technology Management at the IfM in this short video makes the case for lean and agile strategy as a source of competitive advantage.
Innovation is key to growth but how do you manage it efficiently and how do you go about deciding what new product or process to invest in?
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