- Tom Palmer and Professor Mario Rapaccini will work within the University’s College of Business and Social Sciences
- Professor Palmer recently led on all significant aspects of the development of services within Rolls-Royce
- Professor Rapaccini’s primary field of research is ‘digital servitization’.
The Advanced Services Group at Aston University has appointed two new visiting professors to its operations.
Tom Palmer and Professor Mario Rapaccini will work within the University’s College of Business and Social Sciences.
Professor Palmer has led on all significant aspects of the development of services within Rolls-Royce including the digital transformation, the financing of the service assets, the development of the service strategy, the move to a service-oriented organisation structure, and more recently, the move towards a platform business model and placing services at the heart of the company's sustainability strategy.
Professor Rapaccini’s primary field of research is ‘digital servitization’ and how manufacturing companies can exploit digital technologies to develop their service business.
Professor Tim Baines, executive director of the Advanced Services Group at Aston University, said:
“I am very pleased to welcome Tom Palmer and Professor Mario Rapaccini to Aston University.
“Tom will bring a unique combination of capabilities and experience at the highest level of digital and services transformation to the Advanced Services Group.
“Mario’s experience and expertise in this field span 19 years and he has authored 100+ publications. Mario has contributed to numerous regional (POR FESR), national (MIUR) and European (Erasmus+, Marie Curie) funded research projects. His professional experience includes stints as Innovation Manager, CIO and founder of three successful companies.
“I look forward to working with them to accelerate the adoption of servitization and advanced services within businesses and giving our students access to these industry-leading experts.”
- Notes to Editors
About Aston University
Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.
Aston University is ranked 22nd in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.
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