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Research: Global Expertise, Impactful Discoveries.

Through our extensive research capabilities, we strive to bridge the gap between theory and real-world applications. The Axia Institute research builds on MSU’s strong interdisciplinary capabilities by linking faculty from some of the top academic programs and other leaders in the field. Researchers collaborate with undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and corporate sponsors to develop and apply new knowledge that will improve all types of public and private value chains. The Axia Institute is also in the process of expanding its research groups to include experts from other universities and institutes.

MSU Colleges Active with Axia Institute Research
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Eli Broad College of Business
College of Engineering
College of Social Science
School of Criminal Justice
School of Packaging
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Focused Strategy

The research strategy focuses on four research application areas applicable to both business and the non-profit sector: Water Quality and Water Delivery, Food Safety and Sustainability, Global Manufacturing and Value Chain Integration. Examples include:

Water Quality and Water Delivery

Ensuring access to potable water supply and sanitation facilities around the world.

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Food Safety and Sustainability

Improving agricultural processes from planting to harvest and beyond to address global food challenges.

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Global Manufacturing

Holistic approach to reducing manufacturing complexity to bring products to market more effectively.

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Value Chain Integration

Studying a tri-level optimization structure that represents the relationship between strategic, tactical, and operational decisions in the design and management of extended supply chains.

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Tangible Benefits

The versatility of the value chain approach yields a wide range of benefits, depending on the project, the challenge it is trying to solve and the proposed solutions. Benefits may include:

  • Reduced costs
    Free funds for more value-added activities
  • Increased supply security and reliability
    Meet or exceed client expectations
  • Improved customer satisfaction
    Enhance loyalty for increased business
  • Streamlined operations
    Achieve greater efficiency in delivering desired results
  • Reduced waste
    Improve environmental and financial performance
  • More competitive product offerings
    Bring products to market faster and more efficiently