Pamela Steele Associates (PSA) and Cranfield School of Management have been awarded a two-year grant under the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme. The KTP is a UK-wide scheme and one of Europe’s leading programmes. It helps businesses to improve their competitiveness by enabling them to work with educational institutions to obtain knowledge, technology or skills which they consider of strategic advantage. The programme is co-funded and overseen by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, and is supported by 16 public sector funding organisations.
The grant will enable PSA, with academic support from Cranfield School of Management, to have a researcher as part of its full-time staff. PSA aims to strategically streamline its knowledge of public health supply chains in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) and develop an economic model for sustainable capacity development in the health supply chain sector that can be adapted to a specific country situation.
Pamela Steele, CEO and Founder of PSA, points out that: “While PSA has the expertise in public health supply chains for low and middle-income countries, we don’t have the expert knowledge in-house to develop economic models required for a strong decision-making tool for in-country use. The KTP scheme has given PSA the opportunity to excel in our research projects and become truly competitive in the sector we work in. With Cranfield’s academic expertise, we will be able to progress with an innovative tool that can make a difference for millions when it becomes part of a national health supply chain policy for developing countries.”
The KTP scheme provides partial funding for two academic advisors from Cranfield School of Management. Professor Joe Nellis – Professor of Global Economy – and Dr Constantinos Alexiou – Reader in Economics – will support the project.
Professor Nellis said: “At Cranfield, we are passionate about transforming knowledge into action that makes a real difference to the practice of management worldwide. In order to do this, we work very closely with businesses and have regularly demonstrated over the years how such partnerships can deliver valuable change. We are looking forward to working more closely with PSA on this project, which we see as having the potential for significant positive impact on healthcare supply to millions of people in developing countries worldwide.”
Cranfield School of Management is responsible for the operational aspect of the recruitment of the KTP Associate who will join the PSA team. The position is expected to be advertised by the end of February 2018, and the selection process carried out during March 2018. The expected start date for the KTP Associate is April 2018.