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’s 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.
MidEx has three inter-related research projects that are based on developing an understanding of the regional economy and the competitiveness of businesses within it. If you are interested in further details or to be involved in the research projects please get in touch with the individual researchers.
West Midlands Regional Economy: Enhancing Development and Managing Risk for a Sustainable Future
To drive improvement and excellence across sectors requires an understanding of how the regional economy works, the inter-relationship of sectors in the region and how best practice can be most effectively disseminated through the regional economy and beyond. There are three research questions which will be investigated during this study:
- What is the developing structure of the regional economy?
- Where are the enablers, barriers and blockages to business excellence?
- What are suitable interventions and how can these be implemented?
The project focusses on energy management in the industrial sector and will engage with a range of Midlands businesses to explore leading approaches to increasing efficiency and reducing risk.
Productivity Enhancement in the Manufacturing Sector
Amir Qamar, Doctoral Researcher
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Amir's research focuses on quality and excellence within the private manufacturing sector in the West Midlands. He is currently investigating factors such as Total Quality Management (TQM), Just-In-Time (JIT), Kaizen methods and technological progress in terms of achieving greater productivity. This research will primarily consist of quantitative data, but qualitative data will also be used to validate his findings.
Amir is developing an understanding of how lean principles can be applied to all aspects of the manufacturing firm in order to increase productivity. The research will be used to give assistance to manufacturing firms within the West Midlands.
Commoditisation and Value Attainment in Business and Professional Service Firms
Emma Gardner, Doctoral Researcher
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Emma’s research focuses on commoditisation and value attainment in business and professional service firms with the West Midlands under the supervision of Professor John Bryson and Dr Rachel Mulhall. She is in receipt the Midlands Excellence PhD Scholarship.
Increasing competition in the service sector has resulted in growing price-based competition and as firms undercut prices to attract customers, industries are becoming increasingly commoditized. Emma is looking at how firms are changing their business models and value propositions in order to resist commoditization and how they are differentiating themselves from competitors through service quality.