International Talent Development – Borderless Learning Organization for Globalization and International Deployment
Global deployment has gained growing significance among international businesses. To stay ahead of this trend, FENC launched the online learning program with LinkedIn Learning in April 2021. A total of 250 employees from Taiwan as well as overseas locations in Vietnam and the U.S. are taking part in this program. LinkedIn Learning offers over 16,000 online courses designed by international experts across an array of disciplines in multi-lingual interfaces, such as English, Japanese, French, Spanish and German. The wide spectrum of course selections allow participants to go beyond the limit of space and time and identify materials that suit individualized business needs for the improvement of professional knowledge and soft skills. Since the program began, FENC employees averaged 4.5 hours of learning on this platform per month, which is twice the average hours from LinkedIn’s global manufacturing clients. The program is beneficial for building a self-learning culture at FENC and the acceptance of online learning in light of the globalization and digitization trends. The exceptional performance has won the Company the designation of LinkedIn Rising Star from 2021 LinkedIn Talent Awards in Taiwan.
In addition, since the Company has been expanding its U.S. production sites, tech talents with language skills and international perspective are needed to provide operational assistance. To equip employees with fundamental skills in international communications, the Company launched Expat Employee English Program in September 2021. A total of 38 employees from production units under the Petrochemical Business in Taiwan and the U.S. attended the 17-week remote learning program.
In an age when corporate business models are facing non-stop challenges, FENC started offering programs targeting executive education in 2020, including Digital Innovation EMBA, a joint collaboration with Yuan Ze University and Global Executive Program featuring courses designed by MIT Sloan School of Management.
Digital Innovation EMBA is a program designed as the incubator of next generation managers. Aside from incorporating digital technology and application in all course modules, industry and academic experts are invited to share their insights on specific subjects. For instance, for the Global Supply Chain Management module, Hideki Yamane, an industry expert and consultant, was invited to share how to identify opportune moments for entering the market and seek international partners. The program has broadened employees’ international perspective. As of the end of 2021, 122 employees have completed the program.
Global Executive Program features online courses designed by MIT Sloan School of Management and the courses are guided by professors of Yuan Ze University on the specific discipline. The program helps 34 mid to senior-level managers under FENC to construct the conceptual framework of corporate digital transformation. For instance, Organizational Design for Digital Transformation is a course module that elucidates how digital transformation could become a reality by reforming existing organizational system. Internet of Things: Business Implications and Opportunities is a module that uses case studies to help employees understand the technological requirements and essential elements for IoT under the corporate framework, and discusses potential benefits and influence of IoT at the organizational level.
The 2-year Global Executive Program has concluded in December 2021. Now that program participants are acquainted with the knowledge domains in leadership, strategy, procedure, organization and digital transformation, they will be entrusted with critical missions, towards which they will apply course knowledge to help FENC weather unprecedented challenges in this capricious environment.