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Building Industry-Academia Partnerships that Foster Organizational Learning Models

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

CPD Technical Session

Tagged Division

Continuing Professional Development

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

24.245.1 - 24.245.9

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https://peer.asee.org/20136

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23

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Soma Chakrabarti University of Kansas

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Dr. Soma Chakrabarti is the director of Center for Engineering and Interdisciplinary Professional Education and an associate director of the Continuing Education Division at the University of Kansas. She provides strategic direction and programmatic leadership to engineering and interdisciplinary professional programs, including aerospace, engineering management, engineering technology, bioengineering and industrial engineering. She also directs the Center for International Continuing Professional Education at KU Continuing Education and works collaboratively with KU Medical Center and other KU entities for such endeavors. Prior to joining KU Continuing Education, Chakrabarti was the president and chief executive officer of BioComp Systems, Inc., a University of Kansas spin-off, that developed a true 3-D display system. She has taught chemical engineering and was an associate research engineer in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, all at the University of Kansas. Chakrabarti holds a doctorate in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

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Kevin Curry University of Kansas

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Kevin Curry is a senior program manager at the Center for Engineering and Interdisciplinary Professional Education of Continuing Education at the University of Kansas. He manages online engineering and technology certificate programs as well as live programs in engineering management and supply chain technology. In addition, Kevin manages a large, annual, international conference focused on engineering education which is co-sponsored by IEEE and ASEE.

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Zachary Gredlics University of Kansas

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Abstract

Building Industry-Academia Partnerships that Foster Organizational Learning ModelsCorporations  often  adopt  learning  models  based  on  their  needs  for  professional  development,  which  are  closely  tied  to  their  current  or  future  strategic  initiatives.    Also,  to  maintain  competitive  advantage,  organizations  must  remain  flexible  and  nimble  in  their  training  strategy  that  would  quickly  change  their  learning  models  based  on  immediate  business  needs.  Partnering  academic  institutions  should  also  carefully  analyze  and  understand  the  strategic  initiatives  of  these  organizations  before  and  during  the  training,  and  thus  contribute  to  the  partners’  growth  and  prosperity.  For  the  past  37  years,  the  University  of  -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  has  been  partnering  with  major  national  and  international  corporations  to  deliver  customized  professional  engineering  and  management  trainings.  In  this  paper,  the  authors  discuss  the  strategies  they  have  used  in  (1)  understanding  an  organization’s  strategic  initiatives  that  strengthens  its  competitive  advantage,  (2)  developing  tailored  curriculum  based  on  the  organizational  learning  needs  and  an  organization's  existing  and  future  projects,  and  (3)  modifying  the  training  portfolio  and  technology-­‐enhanced  delivery  methods  as  corporate  learning  strategies  changed  with  globalization.  Three  long-­‐standing  collaborations  with  three  organizations  -­‐-­‐  an  engineering,  consulting  and  construction  company,  an  aircraft  manufacturer  and  a  flight  control  components  manufacturer  -­‐-­‐  with  different  organizational  learning  models  are  used  as  examples  with  special  focus  on  simultaneous  delivery  of  customized  training  to  globally  distributed  teams.  

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