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Andrew Graves



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Research interests

I am a mechanical engineer and political scientist. My involvement with Formula 1 & 2 motor racing led to early research affiliations with MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Programme.Since moving to Bath in 1994 he has set up research programmes into LEAN & AGILE MANUFACTURING (pioneered by the Toyota Production System). Key projects include: 

ILIPT (Intelligent Logistics for Innovative Product Technologies)/5DayCar - this EU project collaborated with 30 leading European automotive suppliers to focus on optimising performance throughout the supply chain, linking with Bath’s earlier concept work on the 3DayCar programme

Agile Construction Initiative (ACI) - a project focusing on benchmarking performance improvement within the construction industry. Sponsors of the project have included - HM Treasury, Highways Agency, Balfour Beatty, Geoffrey Osborne, Atkins Global, Carillion and Lafarge. 

Lean Aerospace Initiative – this research comes from a long association with MIT’sLean Aerospace Initiative (LAI) and a recent partnership with the Lean Flight Initiative (LFI), aims to develop Lean principles among aircraft operators, expanding research into commercial airline operations.

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Projects 2004 2012

Research Output 2001 2015

A study of the relationship between engineering design and measurement technology

Saunders, P. Jan 2015 255 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Open Access
Engineering design
Theoretical framework

Defence procurement in crisis: A call for leadership

Graves, A. P. Feb 2010 In : RUSI Defence Systems. 12, 3, p. 8-11 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Research program

Seeking for solutions within a project setting

Naudé, P., Henneberg, S. C., Mouzas, S., Ramos, C., Graves, A. & Crute, V. 1 Sep 2009 In : Journal of Business Market Management. 3, 3, p. 151-170

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Build to Order: The Road to the 5-Day Car

Parry, G. (ed.) & Graves, A. (ed.) 2008 London, U. K.: Springer. 439 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Railroad cars
Automotive industry
Steel sheet
1 Citations

Collaborative ICT ventures and the implementation of responsive automotive supply networks

Stone, G., Howard, M., Miemczyk, J. & Graves, A. Sep 2008 In : International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management. 8, 3, p. 239-253 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Supply chains
Legacy systems
Computer systems