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These papers are primarily academic papers, and can be either working papers or published research.  On each paper we try to highlight how the paper may be of interest to our partner, or other industrial, audiences. Often the topic of the monthly paper will have an associated Podcast, Webinar and/or Blog for further clarification and dissemination to academic and industrial audiences.

The most recent released is listed below, with the following table showing previous papers released.

 

High Value Manufacturing (HVM) in the UK: Case studies and focus group insights by Luisa Huaccho Huatuco, Veronica Martinez-Hernandez, Thomas F. Burgess and Nicky E. Shaw

This paper studies the internal mechanisms that allow organisations to become High Value Manufacturing (HVM). Using a qualitative methodology, three UK manufacturing companies formed in-depth case studies with semi-structured interviews, observations and historical data. The HVM value matrix of Martinez and co-workers is used to categorise each organisation’s value proposition. Wider benchmarking of the three organisations was carried out against a focus group with an additional seven manufacturing organisations. Thus, data from ten manufacturing organisations are included in this research. The cases follow the “customer intimacy” HVM discipline. The business processes supporting these value propositions were identified. Interestingly, each organisation’s desired value proposition differs from their current one. “Technological integrators” predominantly rely on New Product Development (NPD) and Strategy processes, whereas “Socialisors” rely predominantly on Strategy and Customer Relationship processes. Companies can use the findings to better understand their current HVM value proposition and, where necessary, plan their transition to a future desired HVM value proposition.

 

 

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  • a unique global alliance between leading businesses and universities;
  • bringing together the world's leading firms and academics;
  • all of whom are devoted to delivering today the tools, education and insights needed for the complex service solutions of tomorrow.

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The personal touch: using AI to help digital ‘agents’ deliver better customer service

16 January 2023

Successful customer service feels personal. As customers, we need to have our problems dealt with efficiently. But we also want our emotional response to those problems to be acknowledged, with empathy. But is this possible in a world in which customer services are becoming increasingly automated, and we find ourselves...

Mitsubishi Heavy Ltd Industries Visit - November 2022

15 November 2022

Prof Mohamed Zaki was invited by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to run the Digital Service and Customer Experience workshop with the Research & Innovation Center team. Thanks for the invitation, hospitality and the great discussions about the future of the next generations of services in asset heavy Industry.

Bouygues Construction joins the Cambridge Service Alliance

27 May 2021

We are delighted to announce that Bouygues Construction has joined the Cambridge Service Alliance, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge as a new industry member alongside our existing partners HCL Technologies , Caterpillar Inc. , Perkins Engines Company Limited and CEMEX . Press release