Information for industry

Bristol systems model for industryIt is now widely recognised in industry that a systems approach is pivotal to the development of successful companies.

A Systems approach can provide a vital competitive edge in developing new products and services and in creating flexible, responsive and efficient organisations. The Systems Centreundertakes fundamental and applied research with companies from a range of different industry sectors. 

Systems thinking can be applied to any organisation or any project, regardless of size and companies in almost any sector can benefit from adopting a Systems approach to their operation.

Using Systems methods, underpinned by research expertise allows organisations to maximise the value of people and technology, functions and performance.  Systems thinking can be applied to any organisation or any project, regardless of size.  Companies in almost any sector can benefit from adopting a Systems approach to their operation. 

The Systems Centre currently collaborates on a large number of projects being delivered within a range of companies. The EngD in Systems and Masters in Systems programmes provide excellent vehicles for developing Systems thinking in your organisation through collaborative research.  Both programmes (PDF, 1,788kB)recruit high-calibre graduates and EngD in Systems is supported via our Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC).

New techniques in Systems Engineering, and the ability to integrate the hard and soft aspects of Systems, are providing exciting opportunities for innovation. The Systems Centre currently collaborates on more than 50 projects with more than 30 companies, teaching and developing approaches that address the requirement for enhanced performance of Systems.

Our approach (see diagram on right) extends the USA National Science Foundation Systems model by being stakeholder led, and is consistent with that published in the Royal Academy of Engineering’s “Creating Systems that work: Principles of engineering Systems for the 21st century” (243kb, PDF).

For further information please contact the Centre.