Bespoke short courses

The IfM has expertise in a number of areas which help companies make the most of their opportunities and address the challenges they are facing. 


Delivery methods 

Courses can be delivered effectively both face-to-face and using virtual environments. We can work with you to understand your challenges and the outcomes you want to achieve, ensuring the course is delivered in a way that suits your business, your people and your objectives.

  • Face-to-face - delivered in company or hosted off-site, at the IfM in Cambridge or another preferred location. 
  • Virtual - delivered using online interactive environments supplemented by individual and group exercises.
  • Blended - delivered through a combination of face-to-face and virtual learning.


“The training course was excellent. Despite our senior leadership team being based in locations throughout the world, we were able to get together in a virtual environment, take inspiration from the research and tutors, and work and learn together to see how the approaches could work for our organisation. The IfM frameworks are now an important part of creating and refreshing our footprint strategy which shows how effective this course was.”
Global Manufacturing Manager, Energy Products



Cambridge researchers are working to develop new ideas and approaches which are then turned into tools, techniques and processes which organisations can apply themselves.  


IfM bespoke short courses share our tools and methods with delegates and give them the practical skills they need to implement these techniques within their own organisations and roles.


View the list of topics available below or download our Professional Learning Directory


Get in touch

If you are interested in running bespoke training for your organisation, please contact to discuss how we can help:


Judith Shawcross
Head, Executive and Professional Development


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Topics currently available:


Business strategy and business model innovation

Business model innovation - Discover frameworks to identify and implement new business models that create sustainable competitive advantage.


Capturing value - Use value mapping tools to visualise and discover where value is captured, missed or destroyed across a process, business or wider network.


Strategic performance management - How to design and deploy strategic performance management systems that will help drive the implementation of business strategy.


Innovation and Technology Management

Strategic roadmapping - A practical guide to using this powerful tool for planning organisational capabilities that support strategic goals.


Technology intelligence - Explore the fundamentals of TI, including the organisational structure and processes needed to monitor and interpret new technology trends.


Strategic technology and innovation management - An in-company modular course covering tools and techniques for managing and exploiting technological investments and opportunities.


Make-or-buy: are you getting it right? - Approach the make-or-buy question in a structured way to determine the processes, technologies and components that are strategically important.


Strategic intellectual property management - Explore the important elements of IP management including awareness, commercial understanding and portfolio management.


Evaluating innovation opportunities - Learn how to select appropriate projects or technologies when uncertainty is high and factual information is scarce.


De-risking the innovation process - Consider potential uncertainties and risks involved in the innovation process and how they may be managed across the project lifecycle.


Open innovation management - Cover fundamental OI approaches that enrich collaboration with external partners leading to new business opportunities.




Making the right things in the right places - Take a structured approach to developing and exploiting a global manufacturing footprint strategy.


Developing end-to-end supply chain capability - A strategic approach to identifying, addressing and developing capabilities to enhance integration and performance across complex supply chains.


Capturing value from global networks - A comprehensive overview of the IfM tools and approaches for configuring international production, supply and service operations.


Digital supply chains - A structured approach to adopting digital technologies to enhance supply chain design, operation, processes and skills.


Industry 4.0 - Understand what Industry 4.0 means for your organisation and how you can harness its potential to deliver real value.


Intelligent logistics - Develop customised, flexible and responsive logistics that support e-commerce and deliver excellent customer service.


Automation 2030 - Explore the potential impact of automation and use structured approaches to leverage its current and future value.



Product and service design

Making the shift to services - A holistic overview of how to design, develop and integrate services into an organisation.


Design for assembly - Discover an approach to product design that improves assembly to raise productivity and lower costs.


Transformational product design - Approaches that transform markets and business models, focusing on enhanced product form and functionality through step change design.


User focused design - Explore the importance and benefits of putting users at the centre of product development.


Design management - Consider how to specify products, link to product platforms, select designs and manage the development process with suppliers.


Project & process on a page - How to develop clear, effective and efficient product development or project development processes, project communications and charters.



Skills and technical development

Visual communication - Explore and apply the fundamental principles of visual design for powerful and effective communication of management information.


NanoManufacturing - The art of synthesising and assembling nanomaterials and how this technology will revolutionise products including batteries and sensors.


Microfabrication techniques - A comprehensive overview of processes for the fabrication of microsensors and other MEMS devices using lithography.




For further information please contact:

Judith Shawcross

T: +44 (0) 1223 765603


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