Corresponding CARISCA Work Plan Activities are referenced in parentheses.
- Foster a robust professional network at KNUST: This professional network will be built through the CARISCA Advisory Board, Partnership Coordination Committee (PCC) and stakeholders from all sectors intersecting with supply chain management in Ghana.
- Increase research capacity: Evaluate current KNUST research capacity and address identified gaps with workshops and mentoring for junior faculty and PhD students. (Activity 1.1)
Create CARISCA-specific case studies (Activities 1.1 and 3.1).
- Develop Mentoring programs: Mentoring for faculty, PhD students and SCALE teams. (Activities 1.1.6, 1.3.3 and 2.2.3)
- Host Annual Supply Chain Research Summits (events): Host an Annual Supply Chain Summit for supply chain researchers from higher education institutions in Ghana and the subregion. Invite public, private and civil society organization stakeholders to source challenges that inform the research and provide insights into innovations emerging in the field. (Activity 1.2)
- Create a course buyout program to strengthen KNUST’s research portfolio and increase research output (process, policy and funding): Develop a course buyout program for KNUST supply chain faculty to reduce teaching loads and enable increased research activity. (Activity 1.3)
- Create the Supply Chain Action Lab for Engagement (SCALE) events: Create the Supply Chain Action Lab for Engagement (SCALE). Modeled after ASU’s Frontier Economies Logistics Lab, SCALE will translate CARISCA’s research into solutions, policy changes, and new research. SCALE will convene practitioners (supply chain challenges and opportunities), researchers (expertise to address practitioner challenges), local, national and international companies (access to networks, technology, and best practices). (Activity 2.1)
- Support SCALE Research Projects (Funding, technical support, and SCM solutions): Create a SCALE support fund to provide funding and technical assistance to projects identified via SCALE. (Activity 2.2)
- Develop a consulting service (revenue and solution generation, program sustainability): Develop revenue-generating consulting services to local and regional governments, higher education institutions, private companies, and civil society organizations translating CARISCA research into approaches for solving client problems. (Activity 2.3)
- Develop new curricula, hire additional faculty: Strengthen KNUST’s undergraduate, master’s, PhD, and post-doctoral programs through curricular enhancements, hiring new teaching faculty and creating mentoring opportunities for women and disadvantaged groups. (Activity 3.1)
- Offer scholarships for graduate students: Including 35 master’s and 20 PhD scholarships in year one. (Activity 3.1.4)
- Seek accreditation and reaccreditation for professional certification programs: prepare new and existing programs for accreditation or reaccreditation. With the support of an outside expert, we will host two consultative workshops (one in November 2020, and the second in March 2021, a requirement for developing and accrediting new programs), to introduce the programs to key stakeholders in the agriculture and healthcare industries and get input and feedback to enrich the programs. (Activity 3.1.5)
- Expand online education: Enhance KNUST’s online learning platforms for continuing and professional development, executive education, and master’s degree programs. (Activity 3.2)
- Create mobile apps: Create digital/mobile-enabled training for local supply chain practitioners with end-user technologies that effectively reach a wide range of supply chain practitioners including those who might not enroll in traditional university programs. (Activity 3.3)