"Production methods are constantly evolving, and we have witnessed a marked acceleration in the last few years. After the gradual implementation of Lean Management measures, the issue today is the impact of digitalisation on the organisation and management modes of production units. This is a highly topical issue, both for Human Resources and Industrial managers, but one that has received no real academic response to date.
The aim of this Chair is to provide answers to these new problems which are affecting the whole industrial sector, in France and worldwide.
The challenges addressed by this Chair are perfectly in line with the DNA of ESCP Europe, a business school epitomised by its international outlook and its humanistic approach to management."
Fabienne Fel, Associate Professor, ESCP Europe
In 2014 the French government launched 34 schemes to boost the industrial sector in France.
The “Factory of the Future” plan is one of these schemes, involving intelligent robots, connected objects, 3D printing, digital production, and more. Industry had not experienced such a sea-change in almost 50 years.
What will the factories of the future look like? Innovative? Efficient? Secure? Job-creating? The factories of tomorrow are being designed today.
The Factory for the Future Chair is the result of a shared ambition to explore and anticipate the impact of these changes on the role of humans at work, and on organisational and managerial methods.
Safran and Michelin group have deployed new production methods in order to respond to market changes.
These transformations have revolutionised traditional organisational models and have made operators increasingly autonomous. The growing digitalisation of production units has altered the human relationship with production and raises serious questions about management methods.
Against this backdrop, the Chair aims to enable Safran, Safran Aircraft Engines and Michelin group to contribute to strengthening knowledge and sharing practices in this field.
Attainment of these targets will require firstly internal analysis and benchmarking, followed by an examination of international best practices in terms of Human Resources management within empowering organisations.
The purpose of the Chair will be to:
The Chair will revolve around a central theme: the impact of current upheavals in production methods on humans and organisations.
Two major factors have led to these changes:
The first, historically speaking, is the set-up of empowering organisations in the framework of Lean Manufacturing. Production units which have adopted these methods, some for several years now, have already had to restructure their organisations, sometimes dramatically, in order to enable operators to work more autonomously than in the past.
The second factor is the massive arrival of digital technologies in factories, radically altering the relationship between humans, products and production processes, and imposing new managerial and organisational modes.
The combination and resulting mutual intensification of these two trends today raise the following questions for both Industrial and Human Resources Directors:
Expected research activities on the theme of The Factory of the Future
Participation in public debate and internal and external dissemination of ideas: