This paper provides a comparative analysis on the role of training and its impact on firm performance in some economies in transition in Asia. The starting point is an examination of country contexts and training, and how these have shaped organizational approaches to human resource (HR) training. The paper also reviews the results of recent studies that have investigated the relationship between training and firm performance in Vietnam and China. The review results show that training is positively related to firm performance and reveals some convergence of HR training in both countries. On the basis of this, some caveats on HR training development in the future in these two countries are given. The paper ends with theoretical and practical implications.
This case study invites students to discuss strategic value creation through the use of IT. It raises issues of business model innovation, IT strategy, digital platforms, ecosystems, business-IT alignment, and leadership. The key character in the case is the CIO, Paul Danneels, who is ready to drive the strategic transformation of the VDAB, the Flemish Employment Agency, from a service provider to a labor market conductor. Starting from a firm understanding of the VDAB's strategic choices, students should be able to discuss the positioning and role of the IT department as well as its views on value delivery. The case also asks students to reflect on the desired features of the IT organization, the ways in which IT might help the VDAB to co-create value with other labor market actors, and any issues the CIO and the CEO should discuss in the near future.
Barry Callebaut is a fully integrated chocolate company with worldwide presence in 26 countries. The company is world leader in producing chocolate and compound products with an estimated volume of 524.000 tons in 2006. In addition to its standard product range of high volume, made-to-order chocolate, Barry Callebaut has introduced a new service, targeted at its artisan customer. The new initiative, 'Or Noir', allows the artisan customer to create his/her own chocolate, in small volumes (500kg), based on a selection of a number of region-specific cocoa beans. The challenge has been to offer this customisation without incurring the high cost that would be associated with the production of small batches in a production process that had been designed for large volumes. The company manages to do so through a creative supply chain design, in combination with an advanced product development system that allows the customer to design the preferred chocolate.
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