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Peter Ball is Professor of Operations Management. Peter joined the School for Business and Society in January 2016 from Cranfield University where he was Director of Education for his school.
His research focuses on how operations can be designed and improved. Application areas span manufacturing, supply chain and service. There are two strands to his work. First, the research takes a ‘hard’ view of processes by developing and applying modelling and simulation techniques to understand performance. Second, the research takes a ‘soft’ view of processes by creating and capturing methods and practices that underpin performance. Environmental sustainability and resource efficiency feature strongly.
Peter has published this work in numerous papers globally in journals, conferences and practitioner publications. As a result of this he has co-chaired three international conferences.
He has delivered short courses on manufacturing to the banking sector with Make UK, sits on the IET Design & Production Sector panel executive and is judge for the EEF and IET awards. He is a Chartered Engineer (IET) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Director of Business and Community Engagement
Peter has won, led and supported many technology transfer programmes with local industry directly or through the use of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programmes on projects ranging from business process improvement projects, manufacturing simulation, sustainable manufacturing and supply chain developments. Peter was recruited as a Supply Chain Counsellor by Scottish Enterprise to work with electronics companies to improve their business performance through benchmarking and focused bottom line improvement programmes.
Recent work has been funded through the UK’s EPSRC and Innovate UK (formerly TSB) on service simulation and sustainable manufacturing, notably in for the Through-life Energy and Resource Modelling (THERM) project and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing (CIM) in Industrial Sustainability.
A recurrent theme of this work is the development of best practice models and transfer of these to industry through methodologies and practices.
Key words that describe his research and work with industry include: modelling and simulation, sustainable manufacturing practices, industrial eco-efficiency, energy modelling, performance improvement, supply chain practice diffusion.
Environmental footprint reduction in aspiring breweries through good practice awareness: Funded by BREF (Brewers' Research and Education Fund), this project runs 2016-2017 to promote ways of reducing the environmental impact of operations across a network of brewers. The project will create awareness of effective practices, collate barriers to their adoption and generate good practices to support brewer adoption of environmental principles. With Professor Jill MacBryde.
Local food supply chain resilience: The Brexit Effect. Funded by the N8 Research Partnership and led by University of Lancaster, this pump-priming project aims to conduct a preliminary investigation of measures (including social issues through the employment of local people; environmental issues through potential supply network changes to reduce food miles; and economic issues by retaining the circulation of funds within the local community) and to cultivate a network of appropriate industrial and multidisciplinary academic collaborators to further develop the research into a longitudinal study. With Professor Jill MacBryde.
Recent masters and doctoral research work includes: sustainable manufacturing tactics, barriers to industrial energy efficiency, simulation modelling of maintenance systems, lean adoption in maintenance repair and overhaul, product health monitoring for servitisation, sustainable manufacturing practices, modelling eco-efficiency performance, diffusion of sustainability practices into the supply chain and reverse logistics archetype maturity.
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