The Anglia Ruskin Innovation Centre (ARIC) is a strategic partnership between ARU and TWI Limited, with the aim of developing a comprehensive research capacity focussed on digital transformation of management, people, skills and organisational innovation within an Industry 4.0 context. ARIC will focus on digitalisation of products and services as well as infrastructure solutions, new business models and transformative management which can drive innovation and sustainable economic growth for our region, the UK and internationally.
ARIC aims to establish a reputation of excellence and be among the world leaders in industrially relevant digital transformation and innovation management research. Based at TWI's Cambridge headquarters, the Centre will carry out R&D programmes designed to develop the next generation of business models and tools to help commercialise technologies, benefit TWI industrial members and address societal challenges.
The Industry 4.0 revolution is demanding changes in design, products and services across sectors that require new management and organisational techniques and knowledge to realise the potential benefits of digital technology, but this 'human dimension' is all too often neglected by policy makers and managers.
This exciting initiative will be the first social science Innovation Centre based at TWI, with ARU providing its world leading and internationally renowned organisational, behavioural economic, logistics and workplace research expertise and applying social science perspectives on management, people and organisational innovation within the Industry 4.0 context. In doing so, the Centre will play a critical role in delivering upon ARU's wider strategic research theme of Sustainable Futures.