MPhil/PhD Scholarship: Evolution of Manufacturing Systems and its Manufacturing Strategies: From Firm-based to Business Ecosystem-based

University of Greenwich - Faculty of Business

Greenwich Campus

Description: This project aims to investigate the evolution of the manufacturing systems especially with the introduction of emerging technologies; to identify their manufacturing strategies in terms of configuration and manufacturing capabilities; and to inspire the Operations Management community by expanding the manufacturing strategy research from a firm-based level to a business ecosystem-based level.

Nowadays, emerging technologies such as 3D printing are believed to dramatically change the traditional manufacturing industry. One of the critical challenges posed for the manufacturers is finding a way to incorporate the benefits of emerging technologies via appropriate manufacturing strategies.

Emerging technologies are still considered in their early stages of development but within a complex industry structure, which can be defined as a business ecosystem consisting of interacting organizations, individuals, competitors, and government agencies. When developing manufacturing strategy, it is very important to broaden the view to cover not only the firm itself, but also the complementary partners in the wide business ecosystem.

Prior studies on manufacturing strategy mainly focuse on configuration and manufacturing capabilities. To them, a particular system configuration generates a particular manufacturing capability which normally refers to cost, quality, delivery, and flexibility. However, the majority of those studies remains on the firm level and hence do not involve the business ecosystem perspective.

For further information, please contact the supervisor:

Dr Yong Lin  e-mail:

Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance):

Year 1:  £14,296 Year 2:  In line with RCUK rate  Year 3: In line with RCUK rate

In addition, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,121, for the duration of their scholarship. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee, currently £8,029, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase. Scholarships are available for three years from the date scholars first register as an MPhil/PhD student with the university. Scholarships are available for full-time study only. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (UK or UK equivalent) or a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s in a relevant discipline. 

For additional information about the scholarship and links to the application form please go to: 

Please read this information before making an application. Applications need to be made online via No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.

  • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref VCS-BUS-04-16) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
  • a research proposal *
  • a CV including 2 referees *
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *

*upload to the supporting information section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on 18 November 2016

The scholarship must commence on 3 January 2017.

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