In addition to building upon the unrivalled knowledge and expertise of established academics in the College of Social Sciences, MidEx is committed to increasing the number of very high quality researchers in this area and conducting new research within Midlands organisations. This enables us to understand the latest principles of excellence and ensure that they are widely, effectively and practically applied for the benefit of all. For example:
The power of value stream mapping in providing practical tools for providing solutions and process improvements that bring together the dual principles of 'kaizen' and 'lean' operations;
Comparative research on quality and excellence models across the public, private and third sector that gets beyond the simplistic rhetoric of 'business models';
Participation and involvement of employees in quality management and improvement initiatives within organisations.
To fulfil this exciting research agenda, three new full PhD scholarships have been established, commencing September 2012, on key themes in the MidEx Programme. It is aniticipated that two PhD will be based in the Business School and others will be open to other parts of the College of Social Sciences. The combination of three full time research students, the contribution of their supervisors to the research, and the direction and leadership of the Programme Facilitator, ensures effective research and sustainability over the initial three years of the programme and beyond.