Leadership Development Programme

New technologies are already changing the face of manufacturing. Technologies such as robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and additive manufacturing are improving processes and driving efficiency and output.

We are aware that the movement towards automated, artificially intelligent, interconnected technologies can seem intimidating and fears around managing both operational control as well employee wellbeing are heightened. We’ve got you covered.

Developed and delivered by Lancaster University Management School, this eight month programme is designed for business leaders of manufacturing SMEs wanting to improve their productivity and adopt new ways of working by embracing new technologies. It is also designed with operational change and employee expectations in mind. What’s more Made Smarter have subsidised the programme cost, so if you’re business is ready to take it’s next evolutionary steps then apply to join the Leadership Development Programme.


The programme is designed to develop and embed learnings to enhance the leadership capacity and capability to realise digitalisation within your business. This aims to create a sustainable future in the competitive global market place. You will start to explore the potential value of IDTs for your individual business purpose.

Over the 8-month leadership programme, delivered over 14 days, there will be a series of workshops to develop your leadership skills delivered by academics and business practioners.

In addition to the workshops, you will visit smart businesses to see technology in action and learn from lived experiences.


  • Take a strategic view of your business to plan for a sustainable future in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

  • Ability to test and learn new ideas through the “Sprint Projects” to enable digitalisation in a safe environment. 

This enable you to:

  • Take time out of your business to reflect on the bigger picture

  • Increase your leadership capability to enable you to drive your business forward

  • Develop the skills and infrastructure your business needs to implement change.

  • Create a trusted peer network to build an enduring community of practice to share ideas/ experience and opportunities 

  • Access other SMEs already on the journey implementing industrial digitisation through site visits to see technology in practice and learn from their experience.


Register for your place

Register for your place on this pioneering programme now


For enquiries

E: madesmarter@lancaster.ac.uk T: 01524 593 881