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Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

22-23 September 2022
 

The annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium is the chance to hear from world-leading business figures and thinkers on the challenges facing modern manufacturing. 

The first day of the Symposium programme consists of presentations by leading industrialists on the overall theme of the Symposium. The second day comprises a mixture of keynote academic presentations and research papers in several parallel interest streams.

View the agenda here

Industry keynote speakers include:

  • John Allaway, VP Global Supply Chain Performance, Schneider Electric
  • Sheena Behn, VP V&I Supply Chain and VP, TA Supply OncologyAstraZeneca
  • Per Berggren, Manufacturing Development Manager, IKEA Industry
  • Liam Constable, Director - Last Mile (Europe), Amazon
  • Maxence de DreuilleVice President for Grundfos Group Supply Chain
  • Haydn Powell, Head, Supply Chain Strategy, Caterpillar
  • Satpinder Sidhu, WW Director - Operational Technology, BD
  • Kai Sträter, Head of Strategic Semiconductor ManagementPorsche

Academic keynote speakers include:

  • Edward Anderson, Professor for Management of Innovative Technology, University of Texas McCombs School of Business
  • Alok Choudhary, Professor of Supply Chain Management and the Head of the Supply Chain Research Group at WMG, University of Warwick
  • Arnoud De Meyer, Professor Emeritus
  • Kasra Ferdows, Heisely Family Chair Professor of Global Manufacturing at Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
  • Ann Vereecke, Faculty Dean / Professor, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Vlerick Business School

It is a unique event that brings together senior industrialists and leading academics to share approaches and experiences in this strategic domain, covering the following key themes:

Reconfiguring Global Manufacturing Supply Chains

Many manufacturing firms are re-evaluating their global manufacturing footprints in the light of fundamental changes to their supply chains. First, trade wars – such as China-US tensions and the more recent Russia-Ukraine conflict – have imposed constraints on sourcing arrangements. This has led to a rethink on the logic of decoupling markets from established production and supply locations. Second, differences in the timing of COVID waves and varying national responses have challenged the synchronisation of global supply chains. Finally, governments are enhancing their industry policies to achieve domestic ‘economic circularity’ leading to supply chains becoming more regionalised. How should companies respond to these new global realities?  This year’s Symposium will also host the 18th Joint Research Symposium on Global Manufacturing and China (GMC) in Cambridge, highlighting challenges faced by both Chinese and multinational corporations.  

Supply Chain Resilience

Supply chain resilience is back in the headlines as a steady stream of ‘black swan’, disruptive events keeps driving us to re-think established practices for mitigating risk. Supply chain risk and resilience has been a key research theme for the Cambridge Manufacturing Symposium over the past decade – and could hardly be more relevant. This session aims to advance thinking on the nature of risk in manufacturing networks – and more generally in supply chains. Specifically, we examine resilience as a multi-dimensional concept requiring new, more ‘systematic’ approaches and tools. Do different production technologies and improved visibility across the extended supply chain overcome current supply  challenges and vulnerabilities?

Circular Supply Chains

Concerns over natural resource scarcity and climate change are exposing some limitations of the current ‘linear’ production-consumption model. More circular operations models are gaining traction within multinational enterprises through alternative materials, material traceability (e.g. ‘material passports’, product tracking), novel processes, advanced manufacturing technologies, and new business models. Does the drive for circularity require fundamentally new supply chain designs and industrial ecosystems? What are the barriers and drivers for adopting circular supply chains in practice? Are new collaboration models required?

Digitalisation of Supply Chains

Industrial policies are promoting the adoption of digital technologies as a driver of productivity gains within manufacturing. However, many firms find scaling beyond ‘point solutions’ challenging – be it across their own factory networks, or with suppliers and customers. Here, we explore the challenges of digital adoption at scale, and how multiple digital interventions enable new operating and business models. We also examine the infrastructure – both physical and digital – required to enable digital transformation. How do managers prioritise investments in the myriad of industrial digital technologies now available? Which skills are required to leverage these investments? What are the dangers of misaligning investments across supply and demand side operations? Can digital business architectures be developed to drive data-driven supply chain reconfigurations?

    Who Should Attend

    Senior executives responsible for:

    • Manufacturing networks
    • Global supply chains
    • Operations strategy
    • Network reconfiguration procurement & sourcing logistics and customer service

    Researchers working in the fields of:

    • Strategic & operations management
    • Design of manufacturing or service based networks
    • International business
    • Network capabilities
    • Sustainable & resilient network design

    The Symposium is organised and hosted by the Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM).

    22-23 September 2022

    Reconfiguring global supply chains in the face of continued disruption: towards new design rules and capabilities

    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.