Purchasing Education Research Syndicate: Industry 4.0 Skills Transfer

About us

The focus of Project PERSIST is to analyse the role of Purchasing and Supply Management (PSM)  in the era of I4.0 (machine-to-machine communication). This underlying subject is developing in a fast pace and higher education needs to prepare for the role of new content and new forms of education. New competencies will be required and the need for new, interactive, student-centred teaching approaches is subsequent. The project members see the opportunity to benefit from the technology changes to support future education. A tailored education system will most likely help to develop future competencies.

Project  PERSIST aims to prepare students and lecturers with a student-centred approach of competency  driven learning, in which the learning and teaching of knowledge, professional and interpersonal  skills, and intrapersonal character traits is stimulated.  

The project's objectives: 

- identify those skills which are likely to prevail and those which are newly added to the profile of a  European purchaser to develop an I4.0 PSM Skill framework

- develop a module-based course for higher education in Master programs to teach these skills and  perhaps the interested and willing to become associated members

- develop new, gamification and playful interaction oriented didactical elements for that studentcentred teaching approach, including a gamified MOOC.

- Implement the course at the participating universities and at those of the 5 associated members

The materials will be freely available for (European) universities and will be disseminated via  international platforms like IPSERA and via practitioners’ platforms like IFPSM. The new course will  be tested and implemented as part of the MSc track “Purchasing and Supply Management” at the University of Twente. 

The creation of these resources has been (partially) funded by the ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant no. 2019-1-NL01-KA203-060501. Neither the European Commission nor the project's national funding agency Nuffic are responsible for the content or liable for any losses or damage resulting of the use of these resources.