Coronavirus update

Important information:
All on-campus visits and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Virtual events will be running as normal unless otherwise stated.  For the latest updates visit our coronavirus information page. Please note that some of our on campus events may be replaced by virtual events - please check with the event organiser listed against each event.

High Value Engineering: Critical Capabilities for Advanced Manufacturing

Royal Academy of Engineering in London
Research, Social Sciences
Monday 9th June 2014 (10:00-17:30)
Download the date to your calendar (.ics file)

Chantelle Bateman (

This workshop is co-organised by the Global Value Chain Research Cluster at the Birmingham Business School and the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge.


This workshop aims to explore the value of engineering in global value chains (GVC) and identify novel approaches to developing high value engineering capabilities for advanced manufacturing. It will focus on critical linkages between high value engineering (HVE), advanced manufacturing, economic development, industrial policies, skills and strategies for global competition and seeks to draw together engineering, manufacturing, management and social sciences. The output is intended to help companies to reflect on their global engineering requirements and capabilities and to prioritise programmes to enhance performance.


High value engineering and manufacturing are at the top of policy agendas in many advanced economies - including the UK - with a clear objective of retaining, developing and upgrading critical capabilities. Significant forces in the global economy are currently re-shaping global value chains altering north-south and east-west relationships. What does high value engineering mean? Are the divides between innovation, design, manufacturing and ‘the making of things’ becoming less sharp? Should innovation and production be co-located? Are advanced economies able to recapture value creation?

This workshop seeks to develop a systematic approach to these questions by considering high value engineering (HVE) as the application of engineering technologies, skills and capabilities to the creation, development and deployment of high value adding products and services that may lead to sustainable economic growth in complex global business networks.


The workshop has been organised into two sections focusing on research-practice links among scholars, industrialists and policymakers. In the morning section, leading scholars will present the latest thinking on GVC studies, the relevant methods and useful frameworks. In the afternoon, senior industrialists will introduce the latest developments across sectors, the key challenges and promising areas of research. We will then map out key research issues and gaps at the end of this workshop to identify good practices, reveal emerging trends, capture generic patterns, and suggest a work plan for this area of increasing importance.


9.30-10am Registration and Coffee

10.00-11.30am Global Value Chains: Capturing Value through Manufacturing

  • Chair: Prof Steve Brammer (GVC Research Cluster, BBS)
  • "Global Value Chains – How important are they?" Dr. Tim Sturgeon (MIT)
  • "Business Services and Outsourcing" Prof Mari Sako (Said Business School)
  • "Manufacturing Reshoring and its Limits: the UK Automotive Case" Prof David Bailey (Aston Business School)

11.30- 11:45am Tea Break

11:45-12:30pm Europe-China High Value Engineering Networks (EC-HVEN) and the Engineering Value Chain

  • Chair:Prof Sir Mike Gregory (IfM, University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Yufeng Zhang (GVC research Cluster, BBS)

12:30-13:30pm Lunch

13:30-15:15pm High Value Engineering Capabilities for Advanced Manufacturing

  • Chair: Prof Sir Mike Gregory
  • "High Performance Supply Chain Collaboration" Richard Baker, Rolls Royce
  • "Designing for advanced manufacture" Chris Hankinson, Atkins Defence
  • "Global Engineering services" Andy Evans, AMEC
  • "Capturing value from global networks –structured approaches to designing international networks & insights- from industry applications" Dr Jagjit Singh Srai, Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing, IfM, University of Cambridge

15:15-15:30pm Tea Break

15:30-16:30pm Parallel Group Discussion

16:30-17:00pm Final remarks

17:30-18:30pm Drink reception


For further information, please get in touch with Lisa De Propris, email; Mike Gregory, email; or Yufeng Zhang, email

Culture and collections

Schools, institutes and departments

Services and facilities