SKILL SHORTAGE
e.learning @LIS CALL 2002



ACTION PLAN SYNTHESIS

Premise

Question 1.)
What research & developmental aspects you wish to tackle in the international Demonstration project between EU and South American countries?

Question 2.)
How would you see an international incubator facility between SME's and Universities has a concrete added value in real life transactions?

a) FIRST Priority TOPIC
Content " SCIENCE & SOCIETY"

b) II Priority TOPIC
Content: "FOOD QUALITY & SAFETY"

c) III Priority TOPIC
Content: Bridging "Digital Divide" into a net economy co-Intelligence digital age strategy.

d) IV Priority TOPIC
Content: Knowledge management Issues for SME's SKILL BUILDING on "ECO-ECONOMY"

Premise

The "SKILL SHORTAGE" - @LIS ACTION PLAN for an e.learning in cultural diversity will be finalised to a co-operation -partnership for the increase of the "KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT (KM) SKILL BUILDING" of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME's) in a context of Internationalisation of "Markets" between Europe and Latin America.

The SKILL SHORTAGE, is born from the belief that in one world-wide scenario, always more integrated, also as a result of the reduction of the trade-barriers, combined to the increase of the logistics of the transports, the productive delocalisation of SME's can represent a remarkable resource of global development and moreover a good opportunity for the intellectual job of the University's graduated, to generate a synergetic conditions of increase of the quality of SME's production sustainability in respect of ecological principles in the challenge of the contemporary evolution of the society post-manufacturer of the "KNOWLEDGE DRIVEN ECONOMY" .

The ACTION PLAN main topics of the SKILL SHORTAGE would be in short a preliminary proposal about the issues to be studied for improving creative models and units for an "e.Learning on demand system "for the renewal of the Knowledge Management, in a way that the SKILL SHORTAGE pilot project can bee seen likewise a plan of growing creative sensitivity improving a mutual "e.learning" between Universities and SME's to favour one renewed production of a shared knowledge bettering a collaborative development between Europe and Latin America.

The SKILL SHORTAGE PILOT PROJECT ACTION PLAN will reply to the following fundamental questions :

Question 1.)
What research & developmental aspects you wish to tackle in the international Demonstration project between EU and South American countries?

The key topics of the SKILL SHORTAGE action plan for improving the economic knowledge driven society it is the following :

- a) Knowledge Management innovation of SME's on innovation in science & technology
- b) Knowledge Management innovation of SME's on food quality & safety traceability
- c) Knowledge Management innovation of SME's on bridging gap of "digital divide" (looking for a way to bridge the gap between knowledge content production and consumers utilisation through an e.learning on demand knowledge building model.)
- d) Knowledge Management innovation of SME's on "eco-economic" sustainability

The main goal of the above action plan is devoted to a new understanding of Knowledge Management organisation of SME's diminishing the uncertainty and insecurity of the market globalisation by means bettering "knowledge sharing" among University and SME's networks and through growing up the internationalisation of the market transparency by means an extension of Information Communication Technology work-space. A second important objective is to given a strong effort to increase positively the relationship between intellectual employment and SME's internationalisation growth though an net-learning strategy finalised for co-ordinating SME's competencies and University research advanced knowledge.

Question 2.)
How would you see an international incubator facility between SME's and Universities has a concrete added value in real life transactions?

The Skill Shortage @LIS action plan would like to develop, through a Co-operative Virtual e.Editor ( see for instance a model in : http://www.see.it/blues/ ) to contribute to an new emerging conception of "e.work brain organisation" for developing a "Glocalized" (i.e. Global + Local developmental integration) economic development among European and Latin American Countries.

As well as a forecast result, the pilot project SKILL SHORTAGE, (before the end of the financial aid of EU), will give a demonstration on the implication of societal change in "e.work international organisation of KM " on education and training in lifelong and vocational learning for SME's special needs and associated business models.

a) FIRST Priority TOPIC
Content " SCIENCE & SOCIETY"


Goal: understanding the impact of Science on Society for meeting the Knowledge Management challenges in a Global Networked Knowledge Economy.- The goal of such topic will be to understand the Restructuring Strategies for "KM"- SKILL BUILDING

- Internationalisation of SME's need of the improvement of innovative Knowledge management for giving a significant investment in intellectual expansion able to overcome the difficulties due to the structural changes in the global economy and environmental risks.

Hence the Internationalisation of SME's undoubtedly performs the main and very delicate task of assisting the enterprises in identifying and choosing technological/business "eco-economics" strategies capable of enabling them to present themselves as protagonists of culture & science improvement on the international scene.

Therefore by internationalisation of SME's the LRE/EGO-CreaNET of the University of Florence, means " not only " to promote the commercial penetration of SME's into the new global markets, but also to generate a deeper exchange than before among Science & Society among University & SME's, for bettering a very high cultural and scientific level of science popularisation opening the mind of the W.W.W.citizenschip.

In conclusion the research & development of innovative acquisition of these new markets for the internationalisation of SME's in the contemporary scenario of the third millennium "KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY", are gaining prominent importance, in the field of improving SCIENCE & SOCIETY developmental understanding.

Now, for developing and ACTION PLAN we must open a debate to foresee a partner's different analysis in a cultural diversity context on topical issues of SCIENCE impact on SOCIETY strengthen links between productive SME's, University Centres Research and Society.

In fact scientific progress is an essential challenge for common future competitiveness and also for enhancing quality of life.

Therefore starting from those considerations the SKILL SHORTAGE endeavour requires a great deal of effort in terms of R&D for the development of innovative Knowledge.

Management networking e.learning strategies for on the job permanent education.

It is important to underline that for the goals of the SKILL SHORTAGE ACTION PLAN on Net-Learning, it will be essential to develop a greater diversity on scientific and cultural perspectives.

Diversity in science can be encouraged through a multidisciplinary integrated approach of Net-Learning objects, oriented to set out a differential system on science popularisation in relationship to different aspects of local cultures of citizen in a way that the Pilot Project would be able to improve responsible science avoiding potential negative impact of Science & Society by means a well prepared KM on ethics for human health and on environmental sciences.

b) II Priority TOPIC
Content: "FOOD QUALITY & SAFETY"


Goal: Keeping the Traceability problem as well as an opportunity for bridging the gap between intellectual unemployment and the development of Knowledge based Society.

The "SKILL SHORTAGE " proposal for the call @LIS on e.learning in a cultural diversity ,aims to improve an international incubation facilities and appropriate promotional means growing up a partnership consortium in Knowledge Management (K.M.) networking for e.learning among Universities and SME's aiming to support SME's competitiveness in the internationalisation of production and retailing into the evolution of global communication system.

Henceforth for SME's competitive strategy it will be important to open a priority issues for a K.M. innovation in some multidisciplinary issues of "SKILL SHORTAGE" TASKS for developing a innovative WORKING PLAN.

The second priority issue that the LRE/EGO-CreaNET concerns the thematic priority of : "FOOD QUALITY & SAFETY" for improving traceability processes along all production and transformation chains . The issue of "FOOD QUALITY & SAFETY" for the future ability to co-operate in a international context of SME's marketing between Europe and Latin American Countries and for getting successful to this goal it will be necessary reinforcing a web-based multidisciplinary co-operation among Universities and SME's.

In fact "FOOD- TRACEABILITY" means to trace food from "FARMS to FORK" through all stages of production and distribution.

As a matter of facts "All Stages" means that, in the next market and marketing future, it will be indispensable a complete transparent commercial sustainable environment inclusive of primary agricultural production food up to its transformation and sale or supply to the final consumer consumption.

The ability to trace down animal or agricultural foods origin through bio-technology DNA fingerprinting to any further food chain transformation today constitute an extremely relevant web-based data system for the quality food's certification and in respect to the safety of people all over the world.

Hence the growth of Food's Traceability systems it will be important for SKILL BUILDING of new team professions because need a multidisciplinary and multi-enterprise net-working approach that need to integrate scientific, legal and productive capabilities co-operating in a way to be able to reply to a quick and efficient retrieval of transparent information finalised to guarantee and to control and to certificate the quality and safety of any food. For the above reasons the SLILL SHORTAGE @LIS proposal of EGO-CreaNET/LRE of NET-Learning in a cultural diversity, will develop an Action Plan for skill foresight in the field of FOOD TRACEABILITY, aiming to support a K.M. innovation anticipating the identification of future needs of SME's responsibility and decisions in food standards traceability at the international level for improving a transparent productive and commercial environment in the global market space.

Hence this II ACTION PLAN TASK on FOOD QUALITY & SAFETY it is to consider a strategic priority for K.M. of the future SME's & University co-operation.

See for instance:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/index_en.html
http://www.globefish.org/presentations/Trazabilidad/slide11.htm

See also:
http://www.edscuola.com/archivio/lre/ogm2.html http://www.edscuola.com/archivio/lre/sicurezza_alimentare.html http://www.edscuola.com/archivio/lre/cibo.html http://www.edscuola.com/archivio/lre/agritraccia.html

c) III Priority TOPIC
Content: Bridging "Digital Divide" into a net economy co-Intelligence digital age strategy


Goal: Understanding and implementing the "DIGITAL DIVIDE " overcoming strategy, as well as a priority area to bridge the gap between science production centres with knowledge consumers.

The notion of a 'Digital Divide' originally arose in the context of the internet boom of the 1990s; we need to remember that at that times the international dialog on this issue was focused to the strategies for enhancing access to Information Communication Technology for reducing the international "Digital Divide" gap between an elite people and the technology deprived new poverty.

Today we live in a coming Internet depression, so that most recent reports understand that a tech driven economical recession of will cause layoffs among the skill shortage of educated and skilled "brain e.workers" that are the dominant force for improving networking digital economy.

As a matter of facts it is extremely visible that in the countries where the digital gap is reduced this do not open a dynamics of growth of cognitive forces driving the Networked Knowledge Economy Hence the key message here is : web integrated ventures forwarding the "Digital Divide" gap need to start looking at this as a mass development useful for renewing the knowledge management net-learning opportunities.

Therefore the notion of "Digital Divide" in the contest of cultural diversity development among Europe and Latin America, is changed from the initial effort in the technological innovation to the question how it will be possible to get ahead, the big problem of new knowledge management in a way that it will able to ensure that some large people - groups in society were not left behind by the prosperity into a developmental Knowledge Economy.

This is a problem of a fundamental importance all over the world because if there are no possibilities to diminishing the gap though a new economical intelligence useful for the KNOWLEDGE DRIVEN SOCIETY, the traditional world- economy slows and perhaps goes into a deep recession.

Because information technology evolves a mind boggling rate, it's becoming more important for people to have the skills to evolve with it.

Therefore extended education models and program experimentation and demonstration in net-learning, are extremely a contemporary need to explore strategies for improving literacy and learning opportunities for decreasing the effectively DIGITAL DIVIDE in spite of this if we cannot cultivate these Knowledge Management creative skills, ....................... the digital divide will persist.

This challenge is enormous: in fact any effort to reform an organisation requires examination of the reform effort's underlying assumptions, social and historical contest for the reform, and how reform is congruent with the values, ideologies, and goals of the constituents criteria for a new concept of restricted inequality dominance, therefore need to be critical to understanding how productive organisations change or fail to initiate change their cognitive traditional solutions of knowledge management.

The goal of giving a contribution for Bridging "Digital Divide" into a net economy co-Intelligence digital age strategy it will be important for getting a contribute to the poverty reduction outcomes through knowledge management on the job, long life education and for vocational education innovations in the contest of networking e learning extended programs especially devoted to the improvement of the productive internationalisation of SME's .

d) IV Priority TOPIC
Content: Knowledge management Issues for SME's SKILL BUILDING on "ECO-ECONOMY"


Goal : steps to growing up shared cognitive contributions of sustainable economy to ameliorate environmental damage before the future earth life collapse.

The Pilot project "SKILL SHORTAGE" starts with the assumption that Small and Medium sized Enterprises networking with Universities (by means SME's-UNIVERSITY knowledge based net-economy agreement), among European and Latin American Countries, will be one of the principal driving sustainability.

The focus of a joint programme strategy for improvement of "Eco-Economy" it will be finalised in building networks of knowledge-based international enterprises, that will correspond to an agreement between University's team members and SME's that can collaborate in research and development, of advanced management interactive "e.learning" systems, for improving a sustainable environmental economy.

The environmentally sustainable economy - (i.e. "eco-economy") is a problem of strategic importance all in the world; in spite of this it is evident an insufficient management skills for a good manage of "Pollution Earth Policy".

As a matter of facts many SME's demonstrate the lack of managers with scientific and technological international experience and foreign cultures skills.

Therefore the project SKILL SHORTAGE, will develop a new developmental models improving the human capital in foreign trade oriented SME's through management and workforce net-learning programmes and through improving scientific/cultural incentives for recruiting recent graduates, and also programming on the job activities which could be organised together with local educational institutions in favour to redesign a well defined environmentally sustainable economy.

Steps to ameliorate environmental earth's ecosystem damage before its collapse, can be seen as well as a challenge to redesign the materials economy in a way that it includes a restructuring of industrial process of goods in a flexible network so that products can be easily disassembled and recycled to eliminate the high waste generation of air, water and top-soil and so on , that normally is the too vast output of large scale industry.

SME's in co-operation with the research centres of Universities can develop a new dematerialised management information systems, finalised to a new global computer-aided management for a networked computer-aided manufacturing.

One result of this SKILL BUILDING practice will be the emergence of what some call the "world SME's factory phenomenon."

Therefore building an "eco-economy" new model of global development, primarily depends on restructuring and redesigning agricultural crops and good- SME's industrial production, so that it will be compatible with the eco-system survival.

The big change to fulfil the above goal is no in the change on the market structure but primarily consists in the cognitive way that the market is managed.

The challenge here is to create an "e.learning" international model in a cultural diversity scenario for overcoming the "SKILL SHORTAGE" to better manage the NATURE-CAPITAL.

For example by increasing the number of SME's advanced networking factories and industries with University centres of research , for the toxicity control of chemical and biological pollutants, etc. but also creating new on the job modules of science-popularisation,etc.. and new professions and specialisation etc.. in order to maximise the environmentally sustainable economy , i.e. recycling materials etc utilising wind and geothermal localised energy generations, for reducing the dependence from gasoline and carbon energy production, because their high pollution and environmental devastation etc.

All those changes are greatest necessary for converting the traditional economy in a future "Eco- economy" knowledge driven society. Hence the project "SKILL SHORTAGE" will give a contribute to close old times where the design of the old economy normally forget the risk of broken the solidarity with the natural "eco-system", so that viceversa the "SKILL BUILDING" net-learning procedure of innovative knowledge production , can stimulate a concrete benefits in for a new coherent economical and technological intelligence, aiming to avoid to the continuous and accelerated damage of natural environment of the contemporary obsolete industrial society.

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CONTACT PERSON :
Director of LRE // EGO-CreaNET PAOLO MANZELLI
http://www.chim1.unifi.it/group/education/index.html
Education Research Laboratory / EGO-CreaNET
Via Maragliano 77 -50144 - Firenze - Italia
Tel//Fax. +39/055/332549
handy GSM +39//335/6760004


Action Plan
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Linda Giannini e Carlo Nati - LRE-EGOCreaNET 2002
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