12.How would you design a corporate university? Explain each step you would take. 13.What are the advantages and disadvantages of a centralized training function? 14.What factors should a company consider in deciding whether to outsource its entiretraining function? Are the considerations different if the company wants to outsourcea training program? Explain. 1. Go to www.pfizer.com,the Web site for Pfizer, a company that researches, develops,manufactures, and markets leading prescription medicines for humans and animals.Identify Pfizer’s mission statement, vision, and values. Go to the Careers section of theWeb site. Click on Working for Pfizer. Review the links on this page. Describe howeducation supports Pfizer’s vision and values. 2. Find a company’s annual report by using the World Wide Web or visiting a library.Using the annual report, do the following: a.Identify the company’s mission, values, and goals. b. Find any information provided in the report regarding the company’s training practices and how they relate to the goals and strategies. Be prepared to give a brief presentation of your research to the class. 3. Go to www .orkin.com , the Web site for Orkin, a company committed to providing the world’s best pest and termite control. Click on About Orkin to learn more about the company. Click on Press at the bottom of Orkin’s home page. Then Click on “Orkin, Inc. Named to Training Magazine’s Top 125 for Seventh Straight Year.” What type of training does Orkin offer employees? Is training strategic? Why or why not? How does Orkin use training to contribute to the company’s competitive advantage? 4. www.milliken.comis the Web site for Milliken and Company, which produces high-quality textiles and chemical products. Click on Industry Leadership and then Educa-tion. What is the mission of Milliken University? What learning resources are used? 5. www.corpu.comis the Web site for Corporate University Xchange, a corporate educationand research and consulting firm that is an expert on corporate universities. What kind ofinformation about corporate universities is available on this site? Why is it useful? 6. Go to www .ada yanaauto.com , the Web site for Adayana Automotive, an outsourcing company that specializes in training for the automotive industry. What services does Adayana Automotive provide? If you worked as a human resource professional in the automotive industry, what would be the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing training to Adayana Automotive?
Chapter 2 Strategic Training 95 Case: Training and Development Help Rubber Hit the Road at Tires Plus The mission at Tires Plus’s headquarters and its 500 stores in 22 states is to encourage employees to be the same at work as they are in every other area of their lives. Tires Plus sells and repairs tires and pro- vides other car repair services. Employees at Tires
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