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EMS - European Manufacturing Survey

Welcome to EMS Portugal

Site URL: www.unidemi.com/ems

Since 2001, the European Manufacturing Survey (EMS) has been done by a predominantly European consortium of research institutes and universities. The main focus of the survey is the development and utilization of different types of innovations by companies in the manufacturing industries, and associated performance effects. Currently, four multinational survey rounds have been done with about 3 year intervals.

The European Manufacturing Survey

EMS covers a wide number of indicators on both tangible and intangible forms of innovation, encompassing new products, services, technical processes and organizational concepts and processes. The questions on these indicators have been standardized and are measured in all the participating countries. Additionally, some countries ask questions on specific topics of interest.

In most countries, EMS is carried out as a postal or web survey on the company level. For preparing multinational analyses the national data undergo a joint validation and harmonization procedure.


Brief History

With UNIDEMI - Research Unit in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa joining the multi-national consortium in 2013, Portugal recently became a partner-country in EMS.

However, two decades ago, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) already developed the survey Modernisation of Production in order to fill some empirical gaps and complement existing innovation surveys that were lacking sufficient detail at the time. In 2001, researchers at ISI took the initiative to make their survey international, which became the European Manufacturing Survey (EMS). The aim of EMS is to gather internationally comparable data by means of a standardized method and core questionnaire that is carefully translated in each participating country’s local language.

The latest survey EMS in 2012 was carried out successfully in 14 countries.


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How your enterprise can benefit

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) offers the opportunity for enterprises of the manufacturing industries to compare your innovation strategy and performance with thousands of other manufacturing companies in a tailor-made reference group on the basis of different benchmarking indicators. Fraunhofer ISI has decades of experience in the assessing manufacturing companies’ innovation and competitive performance.

For those manufacturing managers that fully participate in our survey, the benchmarking tool is free of charge. The normal price of this service is 750 euro plus VAT.

Built on sound experience with scientifically robust methods, the benchmarking tool can help your company areas for improvement and optimization, thereby enhancing competitive advantage. Specifically, your enterprise will have the opportunity to compare itself with other companies or competitors based on a set of scientifically approved, fact-based and meaningful databases that are not affected or biased by management fashion, commercial, or third-party interests.

The Benchmarking Portal can be found here

The EMS Consortium

Coordinated from within the Competence Center Industry and Service Innovations at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) EMS is managed by a broad consortium of research institutes and universities from countries of and across Europe.

The consortium is made up of the following institutions:

Austria: Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Foresight & Policy Development Department, Vienna

Brazil: Department of Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre

PR China: Institute of Policy and Management (IPM), Division of S&T Policy, Bejing

Croatia: University of Zagreb, Economic Faculty, University of Split, Technology Faculty

Czech Republic: Centre for Economic Studies (CES), University of Economics and Management, Prague

Denmark: University of Southern Denmark, Mads Clausen Institute and Institute for Marketing & Management, Sønderborg and Odense

Finland: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

France: University of Lyon, IAE Lyon, France

Germany: Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe

Great Britain: Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds

Italy: Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation (ITIA-CNR), Milan

Netherlands: Nijmegen School of Management

Portugal: UNIDEMI - Research Unit in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Russia: State University - Higher School of Economics, Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISEK), Moskow

Slovenia: Maribor University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Spain: University of Girona, Polytechnics School, Department of Business Administration and Product Design

Sweden: University of Gävle, Jönköping University, Chalmers and Luleå University

Switzerland: Hochschule Luzern - Wirtschaft, Institut für Betriebs- und Regionalökonomie (IBR)


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Prof. Helena Carvalho

Phone: +351 21 294 85 67 Ext. 11242

E-mail: hmlc@fct.unl.pt

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
2829-516 Caparica Portugal

Reference:EMS Unidemi-P
Start date:01 Jun 2009
End date:01 Jun 2014
Main researcher:Virgilio Cruz-Machado, Full Professor
Research group:Systems Engineering and Management
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