Professor Andrew Thomas

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​Associate Dean (Research)

Department: Senior Management and Planning Team
Telephone No: +44(0)29 2020 5233
Email:ajthomas@cardiffmet.ac.uk

I am currently Associate Dean / Director of Research at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I entered academia having followed an industrial career initially with the Royal Air Force and then later with BE Aerospace where I undertook roles in aerospace, manufacturing and production engineering. I have held positions at a number of levels in both Further and Higher education including; Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow and, senior management positions such as Associate Dean, Director and Head of School. My main research interests include; maintenance strategy and management, production management, manufacturing strategy and operations management and have published over 150 research articles, journal papers and delivered a number of key note speeches in these areas. I have led several KTP projects and managed a number of EPSRC and EU FP7 projects. I also and sit on a number of Welsh Government Advisory panels for manufacturing and supply chain development.​

Research

​Research Interests:

Innovation in manufacturing SMEs
Technology Management
Supply Chain Systems
Manufacturing Resiliency
Strategic Operations Management
Manufacturing Strategy


Research Groups:

Value Flow Research Centre
Business Accountability Research Centre

 

Memberships:

Journal Reviewer:
International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management
International Journal of Manufacturing Research
International Journal of Performance and Productivity Management
International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage
International Journal of Production Research
International Journal of Lean Six Sigma
International Journal of Benchmarking
International Journal of Production Planning and Control
Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
Journal of Automated Assembly
Business Process Management Journal
Journal of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part B Engineering Manufacture
TQM Journal

Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE)​​

Publications

Editorials

Guest Editor - Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, The International Journal of Intelligent real time Automation. September 2006, Vol 19, Number 6, ISSN 0952-1976​


Key Note Conferences and Papers​

Pham D T, A J Thomas, Pham PTN, "Integrated Production Machines and Systems -Beyond Lean Manufacture", Proceedings of the International Conference on Manufacturing Automation, National University of Singapore, May 2007, pp 17-21

D.T. Pham, S. Dimov, E.Brousseau, A J Thomas, H.Zhao "Recent Advances in Micro and Nano Manufacturing" Proceedings of DET2007, 4th International Conference on Digital , Enterprise Technology, Bath, UK, September 2007.

D T Pham, E E Eldukhri, B Peat, R Setchi, A Soroka, M S Packianather, A J Thomas, Y Dadam and S Dimov  - "Innovative Production Machines and Systems (I*PROMS): a Network of Excellence funded by the EU Sixth Framework Programme", Proceedings 2nd IEEE Int Conf on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2004, Berlin, June 2004, R Schoop, A Colombo, R Bernhardt and G Schreck (eds), pp 540-544, ISBN 0-7803-8513-6

A J Thomas, Leigh Morris , Anthony Patterson "Where Is Your Waste? Driving Improvement In Your Plant And Beyond. Manufacturing and Value Stream Mapping" . The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Annual Prestige Lecture. February 25th 2009

Pham D.T, Pham PTN, A Abdulwahab, J Z Ebrahim, J Kutbi, T Shamsuddin, A J Thomas, O A Williams "Fit Manufacturing Linking Manufacturing, Marketing and Product Innovation Strategies to Achieve long Term Economic Sustainability", International Conference On Industrial Technology, Taiwan, August 2009.

A J Thomas, R Barton, J Antony "Six Sigma for the Little Guy" Strathclyde University November 2009.

A J Thomas, M. Francis "Triz Six Sigma – Developing Innovative Products". The Institute of Engineering and Technology Prestige Lecture. February 24th 2010

D T Pham, A J Thomas, P T N Pham 2010 "Fit Manufacturing", International Conference on Lean Enterprise Software Systems (LESS 2010), Helsinki, Finland, October 17th -20th

A J Thomas, "Auditing Manufacturing Supply Chains". The Institute of Engineering and Technology Prestige Lecture. February 25th 2011

A J Thomas, "Manufacturing Supply Chains – Strategies for Growth". The Institution of Engineering and Technology Prestige Lecture, February 2013

A J Thomas "Emerging Themes in UK Manufacturing Business" Emerging Themes in Business Conference, University of Wales Newport, April 2013 


Book Chapters

Thomas A J, Potter A T, Y Wang "Delivering Performance in Food Supply Chains", Chapter Title – Supply Chain Performance and Auditing, Edited by C Mena & G Stevens, Woodhead Publishing, 2010.

Nassar M, Morris D, Thomas A J Sangster A., Review of "An Empirical Study of Activity-Based Costing Systems (ABC) within the Jordanian Industrial Sector: Critical Success Factors and Barriers to ABC Implementation" Research In Accounting In Emerging Economies. Book Volume 9, 2009, pp 229-263, ISSN: 1479-3563

Pham DT, Eldukhri E, Soroka A, Zlatanov V, Packianather M, Setchi R, Pham PTN, Thomas A J, Dadam Y, The innovative production machines and systems network of excellence, Encyclopedia of Networked and Virtual Organisations , Putnik GD, Cunha MM, ISBN 978-1-59904-885-7

DT Pham, A J Thomas, P. T. N. Pham  'Fit Manufacturing' Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, 1, Volume 65, Lean Enterprise Software and Systems, Part 5, 2010, Pages 162-174, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-16416-3_30


Refereed Journal Papers

Thomas A J and Webb D – Quality systems implementation in Welsh small- to medium-sized enterprises: a global comparison and a model for change, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part B, Journal of Engineering Manufacture 217/4 April 2003, 573-579 ISSN 0954-4054.

Thomas A J and Antony J - An Integrated Approach to Improving the Adhesive Bond Strength of Honeycomb Composite Joints, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 52/4-5 Autumn 2003, 244-255 ISSN 1741-0401.

Thomas A J and Antony J - Applying Shainin's Variables Search Methodology in Aerospace Applications, Assembly Automation 24/2 February 2004, 184-191 ISSN 0144-5154

J Anthony, F Foutris, R Banuelas and A J Thomas – "Using Six Sigma", Manufacturing Engineer, Institute of Electrical Engineers, March 2004.

Thomas A J and Antony J - A Comparative Analysis of the Taguchi and Shainin DOE Techniques in an Aerospace Environment, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management   54/8 December 2005, 658-678 ISSN 1741-0401.

D.T Pham and A J Thomas – "Fighting Fit Factories", Manufacturing Engineer, IEE Publication, April 2005.

Thomas A J and Barton R - Developing an SME based Six Sigma Strategy, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management 17/4 2006, 417-434 ISSN 1741-038X.

Thomas, A.J., Barton, R. 2007 Integrating Local Suppliers into a Global Supply Network, Journal of Manufacturing Management Technology 18/5 pp 490-512 ISSN 1741-038X.

Thomas, A.J., 2007 Creating Sustainable SMEs through Technological Innovation, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part B, Journal of Engineering Manufacture. Volume 221, Number 3 pp 513-528, ISSN 0954-4054.

Webb, C.J, Waters G. Thomas A.J, Liu, G.P., Thomas, C. "The use of the Taguchi Design of Experiment method in optimising splicing conditions for Nylon 66 yarn ".Journal of the Textile Institute. 98/4 2007, pp 327-336, ISSN 0040 5000,DOI: 10.1080/00405000701489255

Thomas A.J, Lewis G, "Developing an SME- Based Integrated TPM-Six Sigma Strategy", International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, Vol 3, Number 3, 2007, ISSN 1479-2494

Thomas A.J, Barton R.A, John E.G, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Implementation– A Review of Benefits and a Model for Change, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 2008, Vol 57, Iss 2, pp 156-176 ISSN 1741-0401.

Pham D.T, Pham P.T.N, Thomas A.J, Integrated Production Machines and Systems - Beyond Lean Manufacturing, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 2008, ISSN: 0954-478X.

Thomas A.J, Barton R.A, Byard P Developing a Six Sigma Maintenance Model– Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, 2008, ISSN: 1355-2511 Emerald Highly Commended Paper award for 2008.

John E, Davies, A, Thomas A,J. A Note on 'Modified Hamiltonian Chain: a Graph Theoretic Approach to Group Technology' after Mukhopadhyay et al (2000). International Journal of Production Research, 2008, DOI 10.1080/00207540601164219.

Barton R.A, Thomas A.J, "Implementation of Intelligent Systems, Enabling Integration of SMEs to High Value Supply Chain Networks" Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 2008, ISSN: 0952-1976

A J Thomas, P.Byard and P Henry – "Self Maintenance Works", Manufacturing Engineer, Institute of Engineering and Technology April 2008.

Thomas A.J, Rowlands H, Byard P, Rowland-Jones, R (2009) "Lean Six Sigma: An Integrated Strategy for Manufacturing Sustainability", International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, ISSN 1479-2494.

Webb, C.J, Waters G. Thomas A.J, Liu, G.P., Thomas, C. (2009) "Optimising splicing parameters for splice aesthetics for a continuous filament synthetic yarn". Journal of the Textile Institute. ISSN 0040 5000. DOI: 10.1080/00405000701660087 pp141-151

White R.T, Samson P, R Rowland-Jones R, Thomas A.J, (2009)The Implementation of a Quality Management System in the Not-For-Profit Sector – TQM Journal, ISSN 1741-038X, Vol 21,3, pp. 273-283.

Thomas A.J, Barton R.A, Chuke C (2009) Applying Lean Six Sigma in a Small Engineering Company – Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X.Vol 20,1, pp. 113-129.

Hameed S, Fathfulla K, Thomas A.J (2009) Extent of E-Learning Effectiveness and Efficiency in an integrated Blended Learning Environment. CELT Journal

Sarmiento, R., Thomas, A.J 2010 Identifying improvement areas when implementing green initiatives using a multitier AHP approach. Benchmarking: An International Journal. Vol 17, 3, pp 452-463.

P Childerhouse , A J Thomas, G Phillips, D R Towill 2010 "Auditing Improvements in a Product Delivery Process (AIPDP)". International Journal of Business Process Management,  Volume 16, issue 4. 

A J Thomas, J Chard, E John, A Davies 2011 "Defining a Bearing Replacement Policy Using Monte Carlo Methods". International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Vol 28, Issue 2

A Davies, E.G John, A J Thomas, 2011 "Last Order Costing – An Iterative Method Towards Manufacturing Cost Reduction" International Journal of Manufacturing Research.

A J Thomas, R A Barton 2011 "Using the Quickscan Audit Methodology as a Precursor to Successful Lean Six Sigma Implementation" International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol 2, Iss 1

John E, Kuznecov A, A J Thomas, Davies A 2011 "A Weighted Similarity Coefficient Method for Facility Design", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

Pham D.T, A J Thomas, 2011 "Fit Manufacturing – A Framework for Sustainability", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Emerald Highly Commended Paper award for 2011.

D T Pham, O Adebayo-Williams and A J Thomas  2011 – "A framework for Fit Manufacturing", International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology, Volume 3, pp. 415-431, ISSN 1757-2657.

Antony J, Stevenson R, Kumar M, A J Thomas  "The Right Methodology" , Quality Word Magazine, March 2011

J Antony, (contribution within text by A J Thomas) 2011 "Six Sigma Vs Lean – Some perspectives from leading academics and practitioners" International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol 69, No 2, pp 185-19, DOI 10.1108/17410401111101494. 

A J Thomas, P Byard, R Evans 2012 "Identifying the UKs Manufacturing Challenges as a Benchmark for Future growth" Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 23, 2

A J Thomas, M Francis, E John, A Davies 2012 "Identifying the characteristics for achieving sustainable manufacturing companies", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 23, 4,

A J Thomas, R A Barton 2012 "Characterising SME Migration Towards Advanced Manufacturing Technologies" IMechE Part B Journal of Engineering Manufacture.

Davies, A., John E. G, Thomas A. J. 2012 "A Flow Direction Weighting Scheme for Facility Layout in Cellular Manufacturing", International Journal of Production and Performance Management.

Davies, A., John E. G, Thomas A. J. 2013 "Corporate Strategy development via Numerical Situation Analysis" Benchmarking, an International Journal, 24,2

Davies, A., John E. G, Thomas A. J. 2013 "Minimising Transportation in manufacturing Supply Chains" International Journal of Sustainable Engineering (Accepted).

Antony, J 2013 (contribution within text by A J Thomas) "What does the future hold for quality professionals in organisations of the twenty-first century?", The TQM Journal, Vol. 25 Iss: 6, pp.677 – 685

A.J Thomas, K Ringwald, S Parfitt, E John, A Davies "An Empirical Analysis of Lean Six Sigma Implementation in SMEs – A Migratory Perspective", International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management (Accepted)

A J Thomas, R K Mason-Jones, E John, A Davies 2014 "Reducing Turn-Round Variability Through the Application of Six Sigma In Aerospace MRO Facilities" Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management (Accepted)

Francis M., Fisher R., Thomas A J., Rowlands H., 2014 "The meaning of 'value' in purchasing, logistics and operations management" International Journal of Production Research. (Accepted)

Darlington J., Francis M., Found P., Thomas A J. 2014 "Design and Implementation of a Drum-Buffer-Rope Pull-System" Production Planning and Control (Accepted)

Thomas A.J., Pham D., Francis M., Fisher R 2014 "Creating Resilient and Sustainable Manufacturing Businesses – A Conceptual Fitness Model" International Journal of Production Research (Accepted)​


Refereed Conference Papers​

Thomas, A.J., Webb, D. (2002), "The College Business Partnership and its Impact on the Technical Development of SMEs in South Wales".  Advances in Manufacture XVI, Proceedings of the 18th National Conference on Manufacturing Research, Leeds Metropolitan University, pp 87-93

Thomas, A.J., Barton, R., "Integrating Local Suppliers into a Global Supply Chain Network". The 8th Annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, University of Cambridge, 25th-26th September 2003

Aryee, G., Naim, M. M., Lalwani, C. and Thomas, A.J., (2003), "A Migratory Perspective of Technology's Role in Supply Chain Integration - Case Research from the Manufacturing Sector." The 8th Annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, University of Cambridge, 25th-26th September 2003, pp. 19-42

Thomas, A.J., Barton, R. (2004), "Developing an SME based Six Sigma Strategy".  Advances in Manufacture XX, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Sheffield Hallam University, 361-367

D T Pham, E E Eldukhri, R Setchi, A Soroka, M S Packianather, A Thomas, Y Dadam and S Dimov (2004) - "Integrating European advanced manufacturing research: the FP6 I*PROMS network of excellence", Proceedings 4th CIRP International Seminar on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering, CIRP ICME '04, Sorrento, June-July 2004, R Teti (ed), pp 543-548, ISBN 88-87030-79-0

A J Thomas and D T Pham - "Making industry fit: the conceptualisation of a generic 'Fit' manufacturing strategy for industry", Proceedings 2nd IEEE Int Conf on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2004, Berlin, June 2004, R Schoop, A Colombo, R Bernhardt and G Schreck (eds), pp 523-528, ISBN 0-7803-8513-6

A J Thomas, R Barton, C Chuke – "Working Towards Best-In-Class: A Case In Developing A Lean-Sigma Manufacturing Strategy In SMEs", Proceedings 1st International Conference on Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, SSCA, Glasgow Caledonian University, Dec 2004.

D T Pham, AJ Soroka, B J Peat, E E Eldukhri, M S Packianather, S S Dimov, A J Thomas, PT N Pham "Networks of Excellence: New Strategies for Overcoming Fragmentation in EU Manufacturing Research", Proceedings 3rd European Conference on Intelligent Management Systems in Operations, Salford, Manchester June 2005

Pham D T, Eldukhri E E, Soroka A, Zlatanov V, Packianather M S, Setchi R M, Pham P T N, Thomas A J, Dadam Y, The EU FP6 I*PROMS network of excellence for innovative production machines and systems, I*PROMS' 05, 4 - 15 July, 2005, Cardiff, UK , 2005 1-4 ISBN 0-080-44730-9

A J Thomas, R Barton – "Characterising SME Attitudes to Technological Innovation", Proceedings 2nd  International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, June 2006.

A J Thomas, G.R Jones and P Vidales – "An Integrated Approach to TPM and Six Sigma Development in the Castings Industry", Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2006.

A J Thomas, G. Lewis, Z. Itani and J. Hall– "Applying Six Sigma to Transformer Core Manufacture", Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, SSCA, Glasgow Caledonian University, June 2006.

P Found, J Beale, P Hines, M Naim, N Rich, R Sarmiento, A Thomas "A Theoretical Framework For Economic Sustainability of Manufacturing Industry" EUROMA Conference, University of Strathclyde, June 2006

A J Thomas, R Barton – "Characterising SME Attitudes to Technological Innovation" Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2006.

A J Thomas, B Grabot – "Key Technologies and Strategies for Creating Sustainable Manufacturing Organizations" Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2006.

A J Thomas, G Weichhardt – "Roadmapping as a Strategic Manufacturing Tool" Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2006.

A J Thomas, R Barton - "Maximising the Effectiveness of Introducing Advanced Technologies", Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2006.

A.Fouweather, S.Coleman, A.J. Thomas - "European Funding to help SMEs Improve Using Six Sigma" Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2006

G Phillips, A.J Thomas - "A Holistic Manufacturing Strategy (HMS) for mass customisation within a specialist manufacturing company" Proceedings of the 18th Conference Of the Production Operations Management Society (POMS), Dallas, USA, July 2007

C Chuke- Okafor, A.J Thomas, S.Elias - " A survey into the adoption of Lean in SMEs" Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2007

A.J Thomas, P.Byard, R.Barton - " A Holistic Manufacturing Model for Supplier Development "Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2007

A.J Thomas, R.Barton, P.Byard - "Creating Sustainable SMEs through Technological Innovation" Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2007

R.Barton, A.J Thomas, P.Byard - " Development of a Holistic Operational Management Strategy: A Systems Approach"  Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2007

B Worrall, A.J Thomas, E.John, A. Davies, Z.Itani, G. Lewis - " Business model changes in relation to strategic developments at Wiltan Ltd" 37th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering ICCIE 2007, Alexandria, Egypt, August 2007

E. John, A.Davies, A.J Thomas, B.Worrall - " Strategy Identification via Numerical Situation Analysis" 37th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering ICCIE 2007, Alexandria, Egypt, August 2007

D.T. Pham, R.Barton, A.JThomas, O.Williams, T.Shamsuddin, Z Ebrahim, "Fit Manufacturing", Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2007

W.A.Y Wan Yusoff, A.J Thomas, The Effect of a Laser Scanning Strategy and Energy Density on "Orange Peel" Phenomenon of Selective Laser Sintering Process (SLS), International Conference on Management of Technology 2008, 6th-10th April 2008, Dubai, UAE

W.A.Y Wan Yusoff, A.J Thomas, Effect of employing different grades of recycled polyamide 12 on the surface texture of laser sintered parts, Cairo University International Conference on Mechanical Design and Production (MDP-9),January 8-10, 2008, Cairo, Egypt.

A.J Thomas, R.Barton, P.Byard - "Developing a Holistic Lean Sigma Strategy" Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2008

W.A.Y Wan Yusoff, A.J Thomas, Rapid Fabrication of Prototypes and Functional Parts using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Technology, The 1st International Conference of Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Brunei Darussalam, 26th-28th May 2008

G.Phillips, A.J Thomas, P. Childerhouse, D.R Towill, Supply Chain System Auditing of a Specialist Castings Company – A Review of the Findings and a Framework for Change. The 13th International Symposium on Logistics, Thialand, September 2008.

A.Davies E. John, A.J Thomas, B.Worrall - " Last Order Costing (LOC) – An iterative methodology for the continuous improvement or reduction of manufacturing costs" 6th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR 2008, Brunel University, September 2008

A.J Thomas, P. Childerhouse, G Phillips, D Towill – A Comparison of Supply Chain Effectiveness using the 'Quick Scan' Audit Methodology, 6th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR 2008, Brunel University, September 2008

R.A Barton, A.J Thomas,– "Characterisation of SME Migration Toward Advanced Technologies", 6th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR 2008, Brunel University, September 2008

D.T. Pham, O. Adebayo-Williams,, A.J Thomas, R.Barton, Z. Ebrahim, T.Shamsuddin "Fit Manufacturing: A Strategy for Achieving Economic Sustainability", Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2008

P. Childerhouse, A.J Thomas, D.R Towill & R, Banomyong, "An International Comparison of Supply Chain Practices and Performance: Thailand, Celtic, English & New Zealand" The 13th International Symposium on Logistics, Thailand, September 2008.

A.J Thomas, R.Barton, P.Byard, G.Thomas "Fit Sigma: An Integrated Strategy for Manufacturing Sustainability", Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2008

A.J Thomas, R.Barton, P.Byard, G.Thomas "Proposing a Sustainable Six Sigma Model", 3rd International Conference of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, Royal Academy, Edinburgh December 2008.

A.J Thomas, J Chard, E G John, A Davies – Defining a Bearing Replacement Strategy within a TPM Programme. 7th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR09, Warwick University, Coventry, September 2009

R A Barton, A J Thomas – Using the Quickscan Audit Methodology as a Precursor to Successful Lean Sigma Implementation. 39th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering ICCIE 2009, Troyes, France, July 2009

E G John, A Davies, J. Hamilton, A J Thomas, A Kuznecov – A Conceptual Framework For Deciding Upon The Need For Re-configurability In Manufacturing systems. 7th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR09, Warwick University, Coventry, September 2009.

A J Thomas, M Nassar, D Morris, A Sangster - The Reasons for Implementation of Management Accounting Innovation: An empirical study of ABC implementation within the Jordanian industrial Shareholding companies' The 9th Manufacturing Accounting Research Conference, EASIM, Muenster Germany June 21-24, 2009

A.J Thomas, A Davies, E.G John, M Francis - The Qualitative Characteristics of Sustainability and Resilience as required in SME Company Operations, 7th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR09, Warwick University, Coventry, September 2009.

A.J Thomas, T Fouweather – Six Sigma Verses Fit Sigma, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2009

A.J Thomas, R A Barton, C Griffiths - Auditing uncertainty and risk in supply chains using the quick scan audit methodology, 7th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR09, Warwick University, Coventry, September 2009.

M Francis, A J Thomas, G Thompson, H Rowlands - Convergence and the Digital Content Industry: Proposing New Business Models and Supply Chain
Structures for a Volatile New Digital Landscape", LRN09, Cardiff University, Sept 2009

A Davies, E John, A J Thomas - A Structured Guide to Cost Effective Product Packaging, 7th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR09, Warwick University, Coventry, September 2009.

L Luo and A J Thomas "Innovative Strategic Leadership in a Social Enterprise: A Model for Change" Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, July 2009

M Nassar, D Morris, A J Thomas, A Sangster - An empirical study of ABC implementation within the Jordanian industrial Shareholding companies, The 6th International Accounting Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, Dec 3-5, 2009

G Al Weshah, J Deacon, A J Thomas - The current status of Marketing Information Systems in Jordanian Banking Industry: qualitative evidence, Symposium on Models, Methods, Engineering of Competitive Intelligence - Villa Kerylos - Beaulieu sur Mer France - 25 - 26 November 2009

M Nassar, D Morris, A J Thomas "Activity Based Costing Diffusion Across the Jordanian Industrial Sector" 33rd Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association 19-21May 2010 Istanbul, Turkey.

A J Thomas, R Barton, "Using technology to Create Lean Organisations" 6th I*PROMS, International Virtual Conference, Cardiff University, November  2010.

A J Thomas, R Barton "A Holistic Manufacturing Strategy (HMS) for Sustainability; Creating the Opportunity for Lean and Agility" 6th I*PROMS, International Virtual Conference, Cardiff University, November  2010.

P. Childerhouse, E. Deakin, A. Potter, R. Banomyong, P. Mccullen, A.J Thomas, T. Böhme,T. Hosoda, E.A. Yaseen and D.R. Towill "National Cultural Diversity and Global Supply Chain Management" 15th International Symposium of Logistics, Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia - 4-7 July 2010

M. Francis, A.J Thomas, "Fly Tipping Enforcement: A UK Local Authority Service Supply Chain Design Problem", 15th International Symposium of Logistics, Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia - 4-7 July 2010

M Nassar, A J Thomas "Activity Based Costing Diffusion across the Jordanian Industrial Shareholding Companies" Global Accounting and Organizational Change Research Conference, July 21–24, 2010 Babson College Babson Park, Massachusetts, USA).

P Newman, A J Thomas, R Barton, M Francis 2010 "SME Business Advantages through the use of University Consultancy" 8th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2010), Durham University, September 14th -16th

A J Thomas, P Byard, R Evans, M Francis 2010 "Strategic Manufacturing Priorities for Welsh Manufacturing" 8th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2010), Durham University, September 14th -16th

Sarmiento, R., Thomas, A.J, P Found, M Francis 2010 "Identifying improvement areas when implementing green initiatives using a multitier AHP approach". 8th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2010), Durham University, September 14th -16th

R.A  Barton, A.J Thomas   " Developing and Implementing a Multi Faceted Business Improvement Programme in a Manufacturing Environment" Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, Nov 2010

R A Barton, A J Thomas " Formulation of a Themed Response to Diagnosed System Complexity" Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, I*PROMS , Cardiff University, Nov 2010

J Antony, S Coleman, and A J Thomas "Evaluating the Status of Taguchi Methods in UK Manufacturing Organisations" ENBIS10 Conference, European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics, Antwerp, 12-16 September 2010.

P. Childerhouse, E. Deakins, A. Potter, R. Banomyong, P. McCullen, A. Thomas, T. Böhme, T. Hosoda, E.A. Yaseen and D.R. Towill 2011 "National cultural diversity and global supply chain management", EUROMA 2011

A J Thomas, M Francis, H Rowlands "Defining an Asset Management Strategy for Aerospace MRO Functions Using Monte Carlo Method". The IET Asset Management Conference, London, November 2011 (Accepted)

M Francis, H Rowlands, A J Thomas "Value Flow University (VFU) Pilot Project on the PhD Student Experience/Lifecycle Mapping at the University of Wales, Newport" Conference on Lean in Services and Higher Education: Transforming the Public Sector 25 - 27 January 2012

A J Thomas, C T Lee, W Chappell, K Williams, M Francis "Developing Effective Knowledge Transfer In Manufacturing Companies: A Case Study In Industry/Academic Collaboration" 10th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Aston University, 11-13th September 2012

M Evans, A J Thomas, R,K Mason-Jones, P Byard "Top Down Or Bottom Up? Identifying The Best Approach To Achieving Manufacturing And Economic Performance In SMEs" 10th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Aston University, 11-13th September 2012

P Byard, A J Thomas, G White, M Evans "Reengineering Manufacturing Businesses– Characterising And Defining Future Growth In The Uk" 10th International Conference On Manufacturing Research, Aston University, 11-13th September 2012

A J Thomas, E Plant, M Evans, P Byard "Sustainable Six Sigma – An Organisational Learning Perspective" 10th International Conference On Manufacturing Research, Aston University, 11-13th September 2012

R. Fisher., M. Francis., H. Rowlands., A J Thomas. 2012 "Meanings of value within logistics & operations management: constructing the tower of Babel?" Proceedings from the International Symposium on Logistics, South Africa, 8-11th July 2012 

A J Thomas, R K Mason-Jones, P Davies, "Defining the Characteristics of Tidal Energy Supply Chains"  11th International Conference On Manufacturing Research, Cranfield University, 11-13th September 2013 (Accepted)

A J Thomas, P Byard, "Analysing the Sustainability Profiles of UK Manufacturing" SMEs 11th International Conference On Manufacturing Research, Cranfield University, 11-13th September 2013 (Accepted)

A J Thomas, M Francis, R Fisher, K Chilton "Leaning Higher Education – Does the FE Sector Hold the Answers" 1st International Conference On Lean Six Sigma in Higher Education, University of Strathclyde, 21-23th June 2013 (Accepted)

R. Fisher., M. Francis., A J Thomas, H. Rowlands., 2013 "Interpretations of the value concept in logistics and supply chain management: a content analysis" Proceedings from the International Symposium on Logistics, Vienna, 8-11th July 2013

Mason-Jones, Davies, Mason-Jones, O'Doherty, O'Doherty, A.J Thomas – Tidal Energy Supply Chains: Do You Want to Dip Your Toe in the Water? SDM'2014 International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 28-30 April 2014

Rowlands, Radanliev, A.J Thomas – Supply Chain Paradox: Green-field Architecture for Sustainable Strategy Formulation, SDM'2014 International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Cardiff, Wales, UK 28-30 April 2014

Fisher R., Francis M., Thomas A.J., Rowlands H., "A Theoretical Framework For Understanding The Nature Of Value In Logistics And Supply Chain Management" Proceedings from the International Symposium on Logistics, Vietnam, 7-10th July 2014

Jones, O., Hamer, R., Francis, M., Fisher, R., Thomas, A., & Curry, J. (2014). Lean University Programs: Three fallacies that prevent effective implementation. Proceedings of the 28th ANZAM Conference, Sydney, Australia, 3-5 December 2014


EU and Governmental Policy Reports 

A J Thomas, V Raja, B Grabot, T Schleigel "Developing an Integrated Manufacturing Research Agenda for EU Manufacturing Industry" I*PROMS, EU NoE, 2007

B Grabot, A J Thomas, V Raja, T Schleigel "A Catalogue of the Key Enabling features for EU manufacturing Industry" I*PROMS, EU NoE,

A J Thomas, T Fouweather, V Raja, B Grabot, T Schleigel "Foresight and Grand Manufacturing Challenges for EU Industry" I*PROMS, EU NoE, 2006

A J Thomas, V Raja, B Grabot, T Schleigel "An Industrial Survey of EU Manufacturing Industry" I*PROMS, EU NoE, 2005

A J Thomas, V Raja, B Grabot, T Schleigel "A Holistic Approach to Defining POM Cluster Research I*PROMS", EU NoE, 2007

A Labib, A J Thomas, V Raja, B Grabot, T Schleigel "Taxonomy of the Paradigms and Technologies for EU Industry" I*PROMS, EU NoE, 2005

B Grabot, A Labib, A J Thomas, V Raja, T Schleigel "A State of the Art Review of the EU manufacturing Industry" I*PROMS, EU NoE, 2005

A J Thomas, P Byard, R Evans "The Challenges Facing Welsh Manufacturing Industry". Welsh Manufacturing Forum Policy Report, Jan 2010

P Byard, A J Thomas, R Evans "The Welsh Manufacturing Strategy – The Way Forward" Welsh Manufacturing Forum Policy Report to the Welsh Assembly Government, 2010

A J Thomas, H Rowlands "The Manufacturing Supply Chain Demand Study" Welsh Government Report, 2014


Other Papers

A J Thomas "Critical Thinking, A Tale of Two Companies", Working Paper Series – Newport Business School, Vol 1, December 2008

P Found, J Beale, P Hines, M Naim, N Rich, R Sarmiento, A J Thomas "A Theoretical Framework For Economic Sustainability Of Manufacturing" L6/023 Cardiff Business school Working Paper Series, ISSN 1753-182912/06

A J Thomas, L Talbot, L Murphy "Restructuring TT Ltd, A Case of Power to the People" Working Paper Series – Newport Business School, Vol 1, December 2008

A J Thomas, A Dobson "Corporate Manslaughter – Do You Know Where You Stand" Working Paper Series – Newport Business School, Vol 2, January 2009

A J Thomas, R Barton, P Byard and G Thomas "Fit Sigma – An integrated Strategy for Manufacturing Sustainability" Working Paper Series – Newport Business School, Vol 2, January 2009

A J Thomas, M Francis "The Knowledge Transfer Partnership and its Impact on the Technical Development of SMEs in South Wales", Working Paper Series Journal – Coleg Sir Gar, Vol 1, Iss 1, September 2011, ISSN 2048-0857

A J Thomas, M Francis "The Conceptual Development of a Lean Education Business" Working Paper Series Journal – Coleg Sir Gar , Vol 1, Iss 1, September 2011, ISSN 2048-0857 

A J Thomas, M Francis, L Murphy "Applying Goldratt's Theory Of Constraints Technique in Identifying Key Factors Limiting Technological Development in SMEs. Working Paper Series Journal – Coleg Sir Gar, Vol 1, Iss 2, December 2011, ISSN 2048-0857

A J Thomas, M Francis "Financial Resource Management in HE Institutions A Review of Key Literatures" Working Paper Series Journal– Coleg Sir Gar, Vol 1, Iss 2, December 2011, ISSN 2048-0857​

Projects

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships​

​Thomas A.J (1995) "Designing Products to Meet CE marking Legislation" A+M Generators, ​​Teaching Company Scheme Grant, Carmarthenshire College

​£75,000 Principal Investigator

​Thomas A.J (1996) "Developing a Leading Edge Design Facility" Kerton Plastics Ltd, Teaching Company Scheme Grant, Carmarthenshire College

​£75,000 Principal Investigator​

​Thomas A.J (1997) “Process Improvement Systems Development” Daniels Fans Ltd, Teaching Company Scheme Grant, Carmarthenshire College​

​£75,000 Principal Investigator​

​Thomas A.J (1999) "Preventing the Y2K Bug, Spencer Davies Engineering, Teaching Company Scheme Grant, Carmarthenshire College

​£75,000 Principal Investigator​

​Thomas A.J (2000) "Developing a Central Auditing System for Calibrating Instrumentation, C+P Engineering, Teaching Company Scheme Grant, Carmarthenshire College

​£75,000 Principal Investigator​​

​Thomas A.J Drake P,R. (2002)  “Developing a Lean and Sustainable Manufacturing Management System”, Orangebox Ltd,  Teaching Company Scheme Grant

​£90,000  Principal Investigator

​Moses, A, Hall, J., Anderson, P., Thomas A.J,. (2004)  “The Development of an Advanced Testing facility for Toroidal Core Manufacture”, Wiltan Ltd,  Teaching Company Scheme Grant 

​£90,000  Principal Investigator​

​Thomas A.J John E, Davies A (2005)  “The Development of a Total Productive Maintenance system for Toroidal Core Manufacture”, Wiltan Ltd,  Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grant

​£99,000  Principal Investigator​​

​Thomas A.J Naim, M(2004)  “To work towards achieving world best manufacturing status by developing lean and highly responsive manufacturing systems and defect free components”, Wall Colmonoy Ltd,  Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grant    

​£200,000 Principal Investigator

​Thomas A.J Holford K, Featherstone C (2004)  “The Development of a Highly Responsive Product Management System ”, Morgan Marine Ltd,  Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grant 

£100,000 Principal Investigator​

​Thomas A.J, (2005)  “The Creation of an Advanced Design Activity Model for the Rail Industry ”, Probotec Ltd,  Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grant 

​£100,000 Principal Investigator​

​Thomas A.J (2006)  “The Development of a Integrated NPD/I Process”, Sumitomo EWS,  Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grant ​

​£100,000 Principal Investigator

​Thomas A.J Rich N, Disney, S, Naim,M (2005) To achieve significant improvement in machine reliability, manufacturing productivity and systems performance through developing a company-wide Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) system. Wall Colmonoy Ltd

​£100,000 Principal Investigator​

​Thomas A.J (2008)  “The Development of a state of the art Lean manufacturing System”, Becton and Dickinson Europe, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grant (Current)

​£102,000 Supervisor​

​Thomas A.J (2011) “To work towards achieving world best manufacturing status by developing lean and highly responsive manufacturing systems and defect free components“ Eurogrind Ltd

​£102,000 Principal Investigator

​Thomas A.J (2011) "To work towards developing BREEAM Environmental Systems Standards"  TAD Ltd

​£102,000 Principal Investigator

​Thomas A.J (2012) “Developing  a Sustainable and Trusted Supply Chain System” EADS Cassidian   

​£200,000 Principal Investigator​


Commercial

​​Thomas A.J, (2002) “A Manufacturing Systems Analysis Study into the Manufacture of Concert and Celtic Harps”, Telynau Teifi Ltd,  Help Wales, Growing Communities  Grant ​​

£23,000 Principal Investigator/ Project Manager​

​Thomas A.J, (2008) Lean Six Sigma Project for British Airways Avionics

​£52,000 Consultant​

​Thomas A.J, (2006-08) Materials Analysis and Forensic Engineering at Mitsui Components Europe Ltd 

​£7,000 Consultant​

​Thomas A.J, (2007-08) Voice of the Customer Development at Aviza Technologies Ltd

​£5,000 Consultant​

​Thomas A.J, (2005-06) Application of Forensic Engineering Techniques to Improve Business Performance, SAS International Ltd

​£8,000 Consultant​

​Thomas A.J, (2004) "A Product Cost-Down Exercise for Rail Bogie Manufacture", Probotec Ltd,  Help Wales Grant ​

​£19,500 Principal Investigator​

​Thomas A J (2009) Strategic Insight Project Telynau Teifi​​​

​£2500 Consultant​

​Thomas A.J (2008) SEMTA Lean Six Sigma SME Development Programme

​£48,000 Principal Investigator​

​Thomas A.J, (2004) “ISO9000-2000 Implementation”, Trident Engineering Ltd

​£5000 Consultant​

​Pham D.T, Thomas AJ, Packianather MS, Dimov S, Farrell A, Pham P  (2004) “Supporting Innovative Product Engineering and Responsive  Manufacture – SUPERMAN Phase 2” – WEFO Objective 1 Grant.

​£2,980,393

Project Manager

​Thomas A.J (2003-2007) Manufacturing Advisory Service, Various Consultancy and Research Projects.

​£371,000 Project Manager/ consultant​


Research

​Jones PJ, Thomas A J, Spratt, M. Flint D (2005)” Technology transfer network in sustainable construction and the built environment” WDA KEF.

​£50,000 Research Investigator​

​Hines P, Thomas A.J, Lalwani, C, Rich N, Naim M. (2004) “Sustainable channelled Change In Every Scale and Situation (SUCCESS) EPSRC/CUIMRC

​£671,000  Research Investigator​

​Eldukrhi E, Thomas AJ, Soroka A, Packianather MS, Setchi R, Dimov S, Farrell A, Pham DT (2004) Innovative Production Machines and Systems – I*PROMS Network of Excellence” European Union FP6 Grant (total 7.5M Euros) 

​£946,000 Cluster Manager​

​Thomas A.J (2007) EPSRC/CUIMRC Grant Supply Chain Energy Impact Modelling. 

​£160,000 Principal Investigator

​Thomas A J (2014) Manufacturing Supply Chain Demand Study. Welsh Government 

​£20,000 Principal Investigator​


Knowledge Exchange

​​Thomas A.J (2009) A4B feasibility study into the Centre for Forensics

​£20,000 Principal Investigator​

​Thomas A.J (2009) A4B feasibility study into the Welsh Manufacturing Institute (Collaboration with Cardiff Business School)

​£15,000 Co-Investigator

​Thomas A.J (2009) Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training Programme

​£20,000 Consultant/
Trainer​

​Thomas A.J (2009) SEMTA BPR Programme

​£10,000 Consultant/
Trainer​

​Thomas A.J (2010) SEMTA Manufacturing Strategy Programme

​£5,000 Consultant​

​Thomas A.J (2010) ASTUTE – (part of £14M Swansea Uni Project) UW Newport

​£470,000 Principal Investigator​

​Thomas A J (2011) Tailor Made Training (Semta)

​£74,000 Project Manager​

​Thomas A J (2012) InSCAPe Work Based Learning Project 

​£1,300,000 Project Director​

​Thomas A J and C T Lee (2012) Strategic Insight Project Cassidian Cyber

​£2500 Consultant​

​Thomas A J and A Rees (2012) Strategic Insight Project Calsonic Kansei

​£2500 Consultant​


External links

University of Sunderland (2011), External Examiner of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

University of Greenwich (2012), External Examiner of the MSc Management Programme

Chair of the University Collaboration Group

Non-Executive Director of Telynau Teifi Ltd (to June 2008)

Member of the Welsh Manufacturing Forum – Vision and Strategy Group

Honorary Secretary of the IET M&M Professional Network

Member of the Consortium of Manufacturing Engineering Heads (COMEH)

Member of the Engineering Employers Federation Wales Council

Member of the Welsh Government's Supply Chain Development Initiative​

Further Information

Higher Degree supervision 

Open University Associate Tutor and content writer for MSc Technology Programmes ​​

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