Postgraduate research opportunities

New Business Models in Modern Manufacturing - Coming Soon

The aim of this studentship is to investigate new business models likely to disrupt manufacturing.

Number of places

2

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

20 May 2020

Deadline

30 September 2020

Duration

3 years

Eligibility

Qualifications and Experience

The studentships are available for UK, EU and International* students, who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 (Honours), or equivalent EU/International qualification, in the relevant discipline.

The successful candidate will have the following skills

  • A proactive approach, with initiative and ability to work independently
  • Ability to: Synthesise, summarise and draw conclusions
  • Adhere to strict standards of confidentiality
  • Work in distributed teams
  • Strength to cope with schedules and deadlines
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

*International students must be able to provide evidence of funding and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee.

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Individuals interested in this project should email dmem-pgr@strath.ac.uk, along with the title of the project you are applying for and attach your most up-to-date cv.

Project Details

Introduction and Background

The University of Strathclyde along with the University College of Dublin (UCD) have partnered together in the area of New Business Models in Modern Manufacturing. 

The aim of the wider programme of collaborative research is to investigate new business models likely to disrupt manufacturing, along with assessing the impact on firms, supply chains and regional economies. Strathclyde will focus on understanding how established firms may shift their business models, while UCD will investigate the opportunities for new entrants.

Background

There are significant changes in manufacturing around the world. There are new buzzwords popping up: zero capital factory, manufacturing as a service, the sharing economy, factory in a box, through life engineering services, XaaS, manufacturing in the cloud and many more.  Call it what you will, the underlying indicators are that the future of manufacturing lies in customer centric manufacturing services. In the coming years many manufacturing organisations will need to reconfigure their business models and their operations. For some this will mean investment in new technology and skills, for others it will mean moving the focus from efficiency, to increasing flexibility. Added to this there are likely to be further opportunities for new businesses entering the markets opened up by digital opportunities.

The aim of this programme of collaborative PGR research is to investigate new business models likely to disrupt manufacturing. Strathclyde will focus on understanding how established firms may shift their business models, while UCD will investigate the opportunities for new entrants. Together the Strathclyde and UCD researchers will consider how these business models might affect the manufacturing sectors in Scotland and Ireland.

Benefits to Strathclyde and UCD

For Strathclyde this project fits very well with the research interests of the Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management (part of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Theme) and the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (and the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Theme). For UCD it fits very well with their interest in entrepreneurship, business model innovation and manufacturing. Working together opens up new funding opportunities, as well as the opportunity to influence policy and help the economic development agencies in Scotland and Ireland increase productivity by stimulating innovation.

Funding Details

These two Strathclyde funded PhD opportunities will cover Home and EU Fees and Stipend.

We will accept applications from international students who can confirm in their email application that they are able to pay the difference between the Home and International fees (approximately £16,500 per annum). The Stipend is not to be used to cover fees. If you are unable to cover this cost the application will be rejected.

Supervisor

The University of Strathclyde supervisor for this PhD is Professor J MacBryde

Please note: We request that potential candidates do not contact Prof MacBryde and instead direct all questions to dmem-pgr-recruitment@strath.ac.uk.

Contact us

How to apply

Individuals interested in this project should email dmem-pgr@strath.ac.uk, along with the title of the project you are applying for and attach your most up-to-date cv.