Manufacturing Made Smarter Network+ (MMSN+)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: WMG

Abstract

The aim of the ISCF Manufacturing Made Smarter (MMS) Challenge is to help UK manufacturing become more productive and competitive through the innovation and diffusion of industrial digital technology (IDT). Whilst technology is an important element, there are other contributing factors. We seek to identify and address these important aspects, particularly those from the economic and social sciences (ESS) through the creation of MMS Network+. This network will be led by Co-Directors (Co-D) Prof. Jan Godsell, University of Warwick and Prof. Jill MacBryde, University of Strathclyde. They will be champions for the ESS in the MMS Challenge.

Our long-term vision for the MMSN+ is to build a strong, vibrant, interdisciplinary community to support the MMS Challenge. Collaborative working, new challenges and contexts will open up avenues for world leading research. Looking forward, our aspirations for the MMSN+ is a community, with clear added-value for all, where stakeholder groups want to engage and be part of the MMSN+. We will encourage diversity and inclusivity. Diversity of thought will bring benefits of multiple perspectives. Inclusivity (at our core), will help us to embrace and collaborate with existing research groupings, rather than compete with them. Participation will be based on expertise, not status, and we will seek to develop people at all stages of their careers. Our vision of success would be that the MMSN+ is seen as a partner of choice - easy to work with, welcoming, and professional. Ultimately, we would like to be seen as a one-stop shop that curates existing & emerging knowledge and capabilities (research and education) and showcases leading practice. An example of successful interdisciplinary working, to which other nations aspire.

The Co-D will start building the foundations on March 1st 2021. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the core of the MMSN+. During this period, the Co-Ds will use a stakeholder mapping exercise, to help identify the full range of diverse voices that could inform the MMS Challenge. Based with this knowledge they will then use a series of workshops, on-line 'story gathering' and expert interviews to help to inform how the ESS can most effectively inform the MMS Challenge. This will also include an international comparators study.

They will also seek advice on the most effective way to structure the MMSN+, by learning from the experiences of other research networks both in the UK and beyond. The Co-Ds to consider how the network can be structured to encourage inclusivity and maximise impact.

This first phase draws to a close at the end of July 2021. There will be webinars to share the results of the 'story mapping' and international comparator studies. There will be a report and website launch too. The final drafting and submission of the MMSN+ proposal, draws together all the insights from the previous 5 months marks the end of this phase. The MMSN+ proposal will be reviewed and launched in October 2021.

Creating impact is at the core of the MMSN+. Resources will be available to the network to support more creative and impactful opportunities for dissemination and engagement. Beneficiaries from the first 5 months include the MMS Challenge owners, who will benefit from an evidence based view of the role that the ESS can play in supporting the Challenge. Manufacturers who will benefit from insights, into the way that the ESS can support the successful adoption of IDTs within their businesses. Policy makers wo will benefit from a more holistic view of the policy levers that may be able to support UK manufacturers to more successfully adopt IDT. Economic and social scientists who will benefit from the creation of an inclusive community, that embraces diversity, and finds innovative ways to inspire cross-disciplinary investigation. Finally, technology providers who will benefit from the connection and improved access to manufacturers

Publications

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Description An understanding of the landscape for Made Smarter investments and where social scientists can positively contribute to the landscape
An understanding of the social science domains that have historically informed the digitisation of manufacturing
Report from the Nudgeathon that provides practical insights for increasing the involvement of social scientists in a manufacturing context
Exploitation Route Through the follow on interact project e.g.
Manufacturers can assess the insights
Social scientists can apply for funding
Sectors Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

URL https://interact-hub.org/
 
Description Contribution to BEIS paper on Supply Chain Resilience
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Made Smarter Network +
Amount £3,824,553 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/W007231/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2021 
End 12/2024
 
Description Manufacturing Made Smarter Network + - Townhall events 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2 Town Hall events to attract a broad range of social scientists, policy makers, manufacturers and industrial digital technology providers to explain the objectives of the Made Smarter Network+ and encourage their engagement in the design.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Multi-Stakeholder Design Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshops with a broad range of social scientists, policy makers, manufacturers and industrial digital technology providers to design the key activities and themes of the Made Smarter N+.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Nudgeathon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Nudgeathon used the science of 'nudge' in a hackathon format to address 3 key challenges that social scientists face when conducting research in a manufacturing context. Insights were shared in a report and also informed the design of the resultant Made Smarter N+ proposal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Validation workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The proposal for the core themes, structure and funding for the Made Smarter Network + were presented with interactive activities to validate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021