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ERIC Number: EJ1001361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Reference Count: 3
Exploring Competencies for Manufacturing Education Partnership Centers
Chapman, Diane D.; Guerdat, Kate G.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v16 n3 p91-94 Sep 2012
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership works with U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. Members of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership recognized the need to expand capacity and capabilities of their network to address the mounting challenges facing manufacturers. To this end, the organization adopted a new strategic vision in which Manufacturing Extension Partnership field consultants develop long-term relationships with client manufacturers while providing performance solutions focused on five areas: continuous improvement, technology acceleration, supply chain, sustainability, and the workforce. A project was funded to educate Manufacturing Extension Partnership field consultants to embrace a holistic and integrated approach in their work, and ultimately help implement the new vision. One step in facilitating this change was to identify the gap between existing and desired competencies for Manufacturing Extension Partnership field consultants. To meet this need, a research team was guided by the following questions: (1) What does the literature say are important skills and knowledge for the types of work done by Manufacturing Extension Partnership field consultants?; (2) What are the skills and knowledge currently used by Manufacturing Extension Partnership field consultants?; and (3) What are the skills and knowledge that Manufacturing Extension Partnership field consultants and their center directors believe they need to possess? The results of this competency study will guide the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in professional development activities and will act as a strategic tool to support organizational change.
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Consultants, Educational Change, Sustainability, Improvement, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, Manufacturing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States