Business Case Studies by Industry

- Engineering

Below is a list of Business Case Studies business case studies from companies within the Engineering sector of industry. Choose a case study from the lists alongside each company.

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    British Steel

    • Managing health and safety - a quality approach

      This case study examines how British Steel Engineering Steels (BSES) used Total Quality Management principles to establish a training framework to increase the knowledge and skills of Health and Safety. Edition 5

    • Developing customer focus

      This case study examines how one part of British Steel has responded to its changing business environment to become a centre of excellence. It describes how a range of initiatives and developments has helped British Steel’s staff at Shotton Works to improve their customer focus. Edition 4

    • Moving decision making down the line

      This case study focuses on methods used by a leading UK company to move decision making ‘down the line.’ It examines how British Steel Strip Products, Integrated Works at Llanwern, engaged in a training programme based on empowerment, resulting in the company winning the National Training Award in 1995. Edition 3

    • Steeling market share

      This case study looks at how an organisation, utilising a range of strategies, added value to each part of the supply chain and won market share in a highly competitive market. Edition 2

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    • Using effective recruitment to retain competitive advantage

      As a result of reading the Case Study, students should be able to: explain the importance of employee recruitment procedures as a means of maintaining competitive advantage, understand the purpose of a vision supported by values as a focus for corporate strategy, appreciate the need for business organisations to develop their core competences. Edition 10

    • Online connectivity to meet stakeholder needs

      As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: explain what is meant by B2B (Business to Business) marketing , distinguish between internal and external customers, show how online connectivity confers competitive advantage in a fast moving industry. , Edition 9

    • Using Six Sigma statistical thinking to improve business processes

      This case study illustrates how Cummins uses an initiative, ‘Six Sigma’ for process improvement to significantly improve its business processes. Using statistical tools and data as a base for analysis, Six Sigma enables Cummins to improve its understanding of critical business and operational processes, generating major cost savings. Edition 8

    • Powering forward with a new vision

      This case study outlines ways in which it is possible to change the culture of an organisation so that it retains what it sees as its strengths while at the same time embracing new ways of doing things that are essential for driving the business forward. Edition 7

    • Establishing a diversity initiative

      This case study focuses upon the Diversity Initiative developed by Cummins. In doing so, it shows how the initiative has enabled the company to create an inclusive culture beyond equal opportunities legislation. Edition 6

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    GEC Alsthom

    • Taking flight into the future

      This case study focuses upon a pan-European project which involves GEC ALSTHOM and Lödige who are currently developing a Materials Handling System for British Airways at its New World Cargocentre at London Heathrow Airport. Edition 3

    • New trains and tunnels for the Jubilee Line extension

      This case study shows how efficient project management provides Metro Cammell with the flexibility to respond to project requirements from the offer of tender until the project is completed and is the key to future success. Edition 2

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    Institution of Engineering and Technology

    • Entrepreneurship in engineering

      This case study examines the relationship between engineering and enterprise and the role that the IET has played in developing engineer entrepreneurs. Edition 17

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    • Expanding a business through skilful acquisition

      This case study shows how Rolls-Royce has identified key areas of the marine markets on which to focus. Today, marine activity accounts for about 15% of the Rolls-Royce group’s turnover. It has the potential to move to about 30% of the group’s turnover over the next 10 years. Edition 7

    • Competing within a changing world

      This case study provides an analysis of the competitive environment affecting Rolls-Royce using Porter's Five Forces model. Edition 6

    • The power of partnerships

      This case study focuses on how the creation of risk and revenue sharing partners (RRSPs) has enabled Rolls-Royce to take on contracts and increase its market share. Edition 5

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    Sheffield Forgemasters International

    • Strategy and the Environment

      This case study examines how Sheffield Forgemasters environmental strategy is implemented throughout the business. Edition 19

    • Creating a competitive advantage through R&D

      This case study shows how SFIL uses research and development (R&D) to sustain its competitive advantage. Edition 18

    • Apprenticeship training within the steel industry

      This case study looks in more detail at SFIL’s apprenticeship programme. It draws on the experiences of three current apprentices: Dan, Kurt and Rebecca. It also considers the broader training challenge for a modern engineering business such as SFIL. Edition 17

About the engineering industry

The engineering industry is responsible for designing, manufacturing and operating structures and machines. Engineers can work in a variety of sectors such as the transport industry, civil industry, construction industry or the energy industry. For example in the chemical industry an engineer could be responsible for design or operation of machinery of chemical products such as drugs for use in the medical sector.

Engineering is a highly skilled profession with a diverse range of roles available. Some examples of areas of work within the engineering industry include research and development, consultancy and manufacturing. Within the engineering sector there is also a huge variety of working locations. For example, working in an office, factory or on an oil rig.