Investigation of Coordination effect on Collaborative Digital Manufacturing

by Nikolai Kazantsev working at Alliance Manchester Business School responding to Fairer Futures for Businesses and Workforces

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This project will develop a state-of-the-art analysis and design of work coordination for manufacturing processes considering their intention to adopt collaborative digital manufacturing. It will develop a new coordinative theory for manufacturing processes which can address and overcome process automation challenges for industry 4.0 supply chains. This theory will be formalised and implemented by advanced workflow technology to address the exposure of work needs and contexts (akin to tender specifications of aerospace products) from which partners, workers and teams can be identified and planned - across organisations and open ecosystems alike. Notably, it will allow for team formation to be assessed considering both functional and trust considerations that are vital to team cohesiveness (using exposed knowledge such as social ties).

My motivation is

Collaborative manufacturing is critical in industries where there is a demand from manufactures (like Airbus) to bring new SMEs into their value chains, to leverage innovation capacity for design and implementation of their aircrafts, including principles for increased customer experience. The existing evidence shows that there are multiple barriers that impede short-term collaborations with SMEs. The first observations carried out during the execution of the EU-funded project DIGICOR has identified significant collaboration barriers that reduce collaborative potential of reviewed aerospace and automotive clusters prior to their digitalisation and implementation of Industry 4.0 practices. This includes high perceived risk, scope/time unfit and the lack of coordination. When these ‘barriers’ are high, collaboration potential is lowered and Manufacturers bias larger Tier-1 suppliers, resulting in less innovative, more costly and less modern semi-parts to the end-consumers.

Project focus

I want to focus on:

  • Recognition


I am looking for an academic partner in:

  • Data science & engineering
  • Computer science and HCI

I am looking for a partner in these sectors:

  • Public Sector
  • Industry / SMEs
  • Third Sector

I am looking to work in these areas:

  • Education
  • Finance & Labour market (including banking, gig economy)
  • Policing
  • Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning
  • Web design and digital innovation

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