Research Associate (Technology Adoption and Organisational Change in C
Posted on Sep 12, 2019 by The University of Manchester
We are currently engaged in an exciting academic-industry project on the digitalization of R&D and innovation processes in a major multinational fast moving consumer goods company. This position is an opportunity for an ambitious and engaged post-doctoral researcher to play a key role in exploring the opportunities and challenges for innovation management and organisational change posed by the adoption of digitalization and automation in the R&D and technological innovation process. This project is part of a major collaborative research programme between The University of Manchester and Unilever funded under the EPSRC Prosperity Partnership Centre in Advanced Fluid Engineering for Digital Manufacturing (CAFE4DM). The research programme involves academics from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Alliance Manchester Business School and the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. You will work most closely with researchers within Alliance Manchester Business School.
You will support a project developing cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary research related to development, adoption, and diffusion of digitalized R&D and innovation processes. You will undertake research in four inter-related areas: 1) R&D and innovation practices within Unilever and comparable companies; 2) change management programmes that promote the adoption of new digital technologies in R&D and the new product development process; 3) how digitalization can help decision making by senior management; and 4) the transfer of digitalization practices within a global company.
You will have a commitment to research, publishing and engagement with management practice. We expect you to have a PhD, excellent project management skills, a strong background in qualitative methods and an interest in delivering impact through engagement with large companies.
The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research is a world-leading centre for the study of science and innovation policy and management. Our 45 members of staff and 50 doctoral students build on more than five decades of interdisciplinary science, technology and innovation studies in Manchester. Our research, teaching and engagement activities are based upon a guiding principle of excellence, both in terms of academic rigour and societal relevance. The Alliance Manchester Business School is the UK's largest campus-based business and management school. In 2014, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked us 2nd in the UK for research power. The University of Manchester enjoys a reputation for groundbreaking research and innovation. We are located in the heart of Manchester.
The University of Manchester is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community regardless of race, religion, gender or disability.
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Name: Dr Andrew James
This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date
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