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From Titusville to Tuver with a Stop in Lagos: Digitizing and Internationalizing Pitt's Manufacturing Assistance Center Model

Stoner, John and Bidanda, Bopaya and Wallace, John and Madhavan, Ravi and Shafiq, M. Najeeb (2022) From Titusville to Tuver with a Stop in Lagos: Digitizing and Internationalizing Pitt's Manufacturing Assistance Center Model. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2022.

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Since 1994, the Pitt Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) has provided workforce development training in skills relevant to contemporary manufacturing employment. This research project intends to examine research questions related to plans to adapt the MAC model to Titusville’s Education and Training Hub and two different international environments: an urban site in Lagos, Nigeria, and a rural site in Tuver, India.

The research objective of this multidisciplinary team is to develop and conduct research that leverages the Pitt MAC platform. Having primary data on training programs in three locations that vary in multiple respects will enable a stream of studies as we accumulate longitudinal and experimental (MAC training as intervention) data.

The 3-location network facilitates field experiments in which both internal variables (e.g., training content and modality) and external (e.g., human development level, cultural context, policy choices) can be systematically varied and their effects compared. Such an approach makes it possible to address the overarching research question, "What drives the effectiveness of MACs across locations that vary in resource level and sociocultural context?" Four associated topics are as follows: the training inputs and process; the link between training and labor market; micro-foundations of manufacturing capability; and macro-foundations of manufacturing capability.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Stoner, Johnstonerjc@pitt.edu0000-0002-7927-0016
Bidanda, Bopayabidanda@pitt.edu0000-0002-6239-6800
Shafiq, M. Najeebmnshafiq@pitt.edu0000-0001-5634-0547
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2022
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2022
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/9cz9-mx85
Schools and Programs: Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business > Business Administration
School of Education > Learning Sciences and Policy
School of Social Work > Social Work
Swanson School of Engineering > Industrial Engineering
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teaming Grants
Other ID: 5078
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 20:07
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 21:34


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