Background

Prior to joining Cranfield, Marek worked for several years in industry and held management positions in a variety of industries ranging from retail to telecommunications. 


Current activities

Marek's current research interests are manufacturing strategy, identifying customer hidden needs, supplier management, sustaining change initiatives, and new product portfolio management. He has published extensively in both academic and practitioner journals, authoring numerous articles and reports on supplier management, innovation, manufacturing performance, and manufacturing strategy.

As Director of Cranfield's renowned Best Factory Awards, Marek has received significant public and private funding for his research on factory performance in the UK and has co-authored several major reports. He is Director of the Global Manufacturing Roundtable at Cranfield. The roundtable's researchers work with manufacturing companies on projects to improve operational competitiveness and performance.


Clients

Marek has been involved in various large research projects; he was co-investigator on a major European Commission project examining the impact of organisational innovation on performance.

He has also led a major research project, funded by European Pharmaceutical companies, which investigated best practice in innovation management. One element of the project examined which new market research techniques (such as ethnography) were being used by innovative companies. He has advised a wide range of organisations, including Dairy Crest, Pilkington and Schering.


Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Szwejczewski M, Lillis B, Grando A & Belvedere V (2014) Sustaining Organisational Change: Testing Buchanan's Provisional Model in Manufacturing Companies. In: 21st EurOMA Conference, Palermo.
  • Baxter D, Goffin K & Szwejczewski M (2011) Knowledge Integration in R&D teams: An in-depth study of individual perspectives. In: 18th International Product Development Management Conference, Delft, Netherlands.
  • Baxter D, Goffin K, Szwejczewski M & van der Hoven C (2011) Does prior experience change the learning effect in a new product development simulation?. In: 18th International Product Development Management Conference, Delft, Netherlands.
  • Szwejczewski M & Cousens A (2011) Managing production ramp-up: the impact of co-operation. In: 18th Annual EurOMA Conference, Cambridge.
  • Szwejczewski M, Goffin K & and Baxter D (2011) Identifying Customers' Hidden Needs: An Exploratory Study. In: 18th International Product Development Conference, Delft.
  • Goffin K, Baxter D, Szwejczewski M, Cousens A & van der Hoven C (2010) Tacit knowledge development in a new product development teaching simulation. In: 17th International Product Development Management Conference, Murcia, Spain.
  • Baxter D, Goffin K, Szwejczewski M & Koners U (2010) Tacit knowledge and situated practice in NPD: an in-depth case study. In: 17th International Product Development Management Conference, Murcia, Spain.
  • Baxter D, Goffin K & Szwejczewski M (2010) Evaluation of an approach to uncover tacit innovation knowledge using the repertory grid technique. In: 17th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Porto.
  • Sweeney M & Szwejczewski M (2010) Manufacturing excellence: a study of practices and results. In: 17th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Porto.
  • Szwejczewski M & Goffin K (2010) New product development and the role of customer support. In: 17th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Porto.
  • Masoudnia Y & Szwejczewski M (2009) The existence of underground innovation and recognition of it by management. In: 16th Annual EurOMA Conference, 2009, Gothenburg.
  • Szwejczewski M, Cousens A & Sweeney M (2008) Transforming manufacturing network capabilities. In: EurOMA 15th Annual Conference, Groningen.
  • Goffin K & Szwejczewski M (2007) Customer support and new product development. In: EurOMA Annual Conference, Ankara.
  • Cousens A, Szwejczewski M & Sweeney M (2007) International manufacturing network design - a proposed methodology. In: EurOMA Annual Conference, Ankara.
  • Szwejczewski M (2006) Repositioning in the value chain: How can companies do it and is it worth it?. In: 13th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Glasgow.
  • Sweeney M, Szwejczewski M & Cousens A (2006) Manufacturing network flexibility - roles and capabilities. In: 17th Annual Conference of Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) 2006, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Sweeney M, Szwejczewski M & Cousens A (2006) Manufacturing network flexibility - roles and capabilities. In: 13th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Glasgow.
  • Szwejczewski M, Mitchell R & Lemke F (2005) Risk management during new product development: an exploratory study. In: 12th International Product Development Conference, Copenhagen.
  • Szwejczewski M, Mitchell R & Lemke F (2005) Risk measurement and management during new product development: An exploratory study. In: 12th international annual European Operations Management Association conference (EurOMA 2005): operations and global competitiveness, Budapest.
  • Szwejczewski M & Cousens A (2004) An investigation into how UK companies improved the flexibility of their manufacturing operations. In: Performance and Risk Management: Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Conference, Milan.
  • Oke A & Szwejczewski M (2004) A longitudinal study of inventory profiles in UK manufacturing plants. In: International Symposium of Inventories Research, Budapest.
  • Szwejczewski M, Mitchell & Lemke F (2004) An investigation into the use of portfolio management among UK organisations. In: 11th International Product Development Management Conference.
  • Szwejczewski M, Mitchell & Lemke F (2004) A study of the use of portfolio management among UK organisations. In: EurOMA 11th annual conference, Fontainebleau.
  • Oke A & Szwejczewski M (2003) Longitudinal study of inventory profile and related factors in UK manufacturing plants. In: EurOMA & POMS Joint International Conference, Cernobbio, Lake Como.
  • Sweeney M & Szwejczewski M (2003) Global manufacturing network design: content and process. In: EurOMA & POMS Joint International Conference, Cernobbio, Lake Como.
  • Anagnostopoulos M, Szwejczewski M & Goffin K (2003) The incorporation of customer support during the new product development process: an exploratory study. In: EurOMA & POMS Joint International Conference, Cernobbio, Lake Como.
  • Goffin K, Szwejczewski M, Lemke F & Pfeiffer R (2002) Manufacturers and their Suppliers - When is 'Partnership' Applicable. In: POMS 2002 Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Oke A & Szwejczewski M (2002) The Impact of Supply, Internal and Market Factors on Inventory Levels in UK Manufacturing Plants. In: International Symposium of Inventories Research, Budapest.
  • Mapes J, Szwejczewski M & New C (2001) Customisation and its Impact on Plant Performance: an Empirical Investigation. In: POMS 2001 Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Goffin K, Pfeiffer R, Szwejczewski M & Lohmuller B (2000) Managing Innovation in UK and German Manufacturing Companies. In: 11th annual meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society, San Antonio, TX.
  • Sweeney M & Szwejczewski M (2000) Generic manufacturing strategies among UK Industry. In: 1st World POM Conference, Seville.
  • Goffin K, Lohmuller B, Pfeiffer R, Szwejczewski M & Oke A (2000) Exploring the relationship between innovation rate and revenue in German manufacturing companies. In: 7th International Product Development Conference, Leuven.
  • Lemke F, Szwejczewski M, Goffin K, New C, Pfeiffer R & Lohmuller B (1999) Supplier Management in Manufacturing Companies: An Empirical Investigation in Germany and the UK. In: 8th International Annual IPSERA Conference, Belfast & Dublin.
  • Goffin K, Pfeiffer R, Lohmuller B, Szwejczewski M & New C (1999) Innovation Rate: An Exploratory Study of UK and German Manufacturing Companies. In: 6th International Product Development Conference, Cambridge.
  • Szwejczewski M, Goffin K, Lemke F, New C, Pfeiffer R & Lohmuller B (1999) Supplier Management in German Manufacturing Companies: An Empirical Investigation. In: 6th European Operations Management Association Conference, Venice.
  • Szwejczewski M, Goffin K, Lemke F, New C, Pfeiffer R & Lohmuller B (1999) UK and German Supply Chain Practices - Survey Results. In: 10th Production and Operations Management Society Conference, SC, USA.
  • Szwejczewski M (1999) UK Best Factory Awards: Trends and Comparisons. In: Italian Best Factory Award Conference 1999, Milan.
  • Szwejczewski M, Goffin K, New C, Pfeiffer R & Lohmuller B (1998) Key Measures of Manufacturing Performance: UK/Germany Benchmarks. In: 9th Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society, Santa Fe.
  • Goffin K, New C, Lohmuller B, Szwejczewski M & Pfeiffer R (1998) Manufacturing Performance: A Comparison of UK and German Benchmarks. In: 5th European Operations Management Association Conference, Dublin.
  • Mapes J, New C & Szwejczewski M (1998) The Effects of Process Reliability and Consistency on Manufacturing Performance. In: 9th Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society, Santa Fe.
  • Szwejczewski M (1998) Best Factory Awards. In: Italian Best Factory Award Conference 1998, Milan.
  • Szwejczewski M, Goffin K & New C (1997) The Characteristics of Leading Manufacturing Plants. In: 8th Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society, Miami Beach.
  • Goffin K, Szwejczewski M & New C (1997) Innovation Levels in UK Manufacturing Industry: An Exploratory Study. In: 4th International Product Development Conference, Stockholm.
  • New C, Baker J & Szwejczewski M (1997) Coping with Turbulence in UK Manufacturing - Evidence of Agility. In: 1st International Conference: Managing Enterprises and Stakeholders Engineering Logistics and Achievements, Loughborough.
  • Szwejczewski M (1997) Best Factory Awards: UK & Germany Comparison. In: Best Factory Conference 1997, Birmingham.
  • New C & Szwejczewski M (1996) Manufacturing Performance Productivity and Plant Characteristics. In: 3rd European Operations Management Association Conference.
  • Sweeney M & Szwejczewski M (1996) The Search for Generic Manufacturing Strategies in the UK Engineering Industry. In: 3rd European Operations Management Association Conference, London.

Books

  • Szwejczewski M & Jones M (2012) Learning from World-Class Manufacturers. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, ed. 1.
  • Szwejczewski M & Goffin K (2006) Maximising equipment effectiveness at Reckitt Benckiser. In: Operational Excellence in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • Szwejczewski M (2005) Best practice. In: The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management. Slack N, Lewis M (ed.), Blackwell Publishing, ed. 2.
  • Neely A & Szwejczewski M (2001) The Performance of SMEs: An Analysis of the Benchmark Index Data. In: IoD Handbook, IoD, p. 17-20, ed. 4th.
  • New C, Wheatley M & Szwejczewski M (1999) Achieving Total Capacity Flexibility. Haymarket Business Publications.
  • New C, Wheatley M, Jebb F & Szwejczewski M (1999) Teleworking in UK Manufacturing. Haymarket Business Publications.
  • Goffin K, Wheatley M, Szwejczewski M & New C (1996) Management Today's Guide to Britain's Best Factories. DTI/Haymarket Business Publications.