Future Industrial Model for SMEs

  • Bititci, Umit (Principal Investigator)
  • Cahill, William (Fellow)
  • Finnegan, Catherine (Researcher)
  • Andrews, Colin (Researcher)
  • Little, Derek (Researcher)
  • Ates, Aylin (Researcher)
  • Warner, Karl (Researcher)

Project: Research

Project Details


The primary objective of this project is to develop a new practical business and manufacturing model for SMEs in Europe, which will enable them to compete successfully at a national, European and global level.
FutureSME will research and develop a set of tools that will help SMEs to:
• identify a business and manufacturing model that will allow them to develop and sustain their competitive advantage
• develop suitable roadmaps and change plans to allow them to pursue their new business and manufacturing model
• engage the necessary support from their local industry support agencies and educational institutions to facilitate their transformation
• implement the new business/manufacturing models, tools and techniques

Key findings

The core finding of the project is the need for SME's to develop their adaptive capability to meet event based changes in strategy.
A diagnostic tool to identify areas for attention, a strategy method based on events rather than timelines and a visual management to tie daily actions to strategic intent were developed and validated with partner organisations.
Short titlefutureSME
Effective start/end date1/01/0928/12/12


  • adaptability
  • responsiveness
  • competitive advantage
  • SME
  • manufacturing


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