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Contact Details

Telephone: 44(0) 121 204 3051

Email: t.baines@aston.ac.uk

Biography

Professor Tim Baines specialises in the realisation of competitive manufacturing operations.  He works extensively across the disciplines of management and engineering, is highly active in postgraduate and executive teaching and supervision, has a strong track record of raising research funding, and has consistently published his work in the leading journals of his field.  He has experience of a wide range of industrial engineering, technology management, and manufacturing management disciplines, and works with the leading companies in his field including Rolls-Royce, Caterpillar, Alstom, MAN and Xerox.  His career started with a technician apprenticeship, and has progressed through a variety of industrial and academic positions, including that of Visiting Scholar within the Centre for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He holds a variety of positions, including membership of EPSRC College of Peers, a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and Institution of Engineers and Technologists, and is a Chartered Engineer.

Research Interests

Operations strategy formulation

Product-Service Systems and the servitization of manufacturing

Industrial and competitive strategy for services

Servitization and Product-Service Systems

Strategy for industrial operations

 

Teaching Activity

BNM879, Operations Management

BNM899, Operations Management

MBAPROJ, Project Part B

Employment

Academic

Founder and Director, Advanced Services Group, Aston Business School (2015 - Present)

Head of Department, Operations and Information Management, Aston Business School (2013-2015)

Professor of Operations Strategy, Aston Business School. (2011 - Present)

Technical Director, Boeing IVHM Centre, Cranfield University (2009 – 2011)

Co-lead EPSRC Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, Cranfield (2006 - 2011)

Professor of Strategic Manufacture, Cranfield University. (2005 - 2011)

Senior Lecturer and Head of Group, Cranfield University. (1998 - 2005)

Research Manager, Staffordshire University (1997 - 1998)

Post-doc International Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (1996 - 1997)

Post-doc International Scholar, Auburn University, USA (1997 - 1998)

Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, North Staffordshire Polytechnic.(1989 - 1996)

Industrial

Production Engineer, GEC Turbine Generators, Stafford, UK. (1987 - 1989)

Graduate Engineer, Baker Perkins, Peterborough. (1985 - 1987)

Process Engineer, Campden Food Preservation Research Association. (1984 - 1985)

Technical Apprentice, A.L.Dunn & Co, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. (1983 - 1984)

Technical Apprentice, Manor Bakeries, Wythenshawe, Manchester. (1982 - 1983)

Qualifications

Ph D, Cranfield University, 1994. Subject: Manufacturing Strategy Formulation

MSc, Cranfield University, 1987. Subject: Manufacturing Systems Engineering

HND, CNAA, 1984. Subject: Mechanical engineering as part of technician apprenticeship

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow, Institution of Engineers and Technologists

Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Aston 50th Anniversary Professor of Operations Strategy

Board Member of the Through-Life Engineering Services Council

Advisor West Midlands Regional Industrial Strategy

Strategic Advisory Board of the Leasing and Finance Association  

Administrative Roles

Member, Aston University Senate, University

Funding Applications and Awards

2022

2025

Understanding how servitization can impact UK economic productivity and environmental performance

 

ESRC

 

 

PI

£1,849,275

 2020

2022

Digital Servitization Demonstrator: From Sensor to Service to Business Success.  Industry lead BAXI

Innovate UK

PI

£1,692,640

 2019

2021

New Food Innovations: Next Generation Rice Milling.  Industry lead Koolmill Systems.

Innovate UK/ BBSRC

Co-I

£2,000,020

2018

2022

Digitally Enhanced Advanced Services NetworkPlus to developing an interdisciplinary research community (Industry commitment £1.6M).

EPSRC

Co-I

£1,116,752

 

2018

2021

Pathways towards Servitization: A trans-national study of Organisational Transformation.

ESRC,

 

Co-I

£255,200

2019

2021

Advanced Services Growth: Developing Innovative Strategies for improved growth in manufacturing

ERDF/

MHCLG

PI

£1,403,847

2019

2021

Advanced Services Growth: Developing Strategies for improved growth in manufacturing SMEs

ERDF/

MHCLG

PI

£1,446,400

2016

2019

CircEuit: European Training Network

EU

CI

£2,996,732

2013

2018

Transforming the adoption of Product-Service Systems through innovations in applied gaming technology

EPSRC

PI

£1.522,601

2010

2010

Global Network Award with Caterpillar, USA.

RAE

PI

27,000

2009

2014

Mapping High Value IVHM

IMRC / EPSRC

PI

420,000

2007

2011

Service Delivery System design

IMRC / EPSRC

PI

£520,000

2006

2011

IMRC Continuation Funding/ Product-Service Systems theme

EPSRC

Lead/ Co-I

£4.600,000

2009

2014

The Cranfield Boeing Integrated Vehicle Health Management Centre

EEDA

 

Industry

Lead/ Co-I

£3,500,000

 

£5,000,000

2005

2008

People: Modelling their behaviour in manufacturing environments

EPSRC

Ford

PI

£180,000

£195,000

2005

 

2008

Human Performance Modelling Network

EPSRC

PI

£80,000

2005

 

2008

Strategically positioning the boundary between internal and external operations

EPSRC

Industry

PI

106,000

£60,000

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