Corporate Universities

Corporate Universities

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Jacob Eli

I am in the process of creating a Corporate University in my Company. Some quick facts: My Company has had 18 mergers and acquisitions over the past 6 years = Corporate Culture is ZERO .

Director of Corporate University Practice at Qube Learning & Chief Learning and Program Manager at EAG

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  • November 10, 2011
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  • A. B.

    A.

    A. B.

    Advisor: Training, Learning, Org. Development ■ Corporate University Architect ■ Certified Manager ■ Instructor ■ PhD ★

    I would offer using the Corporate University Blueprint for the project management of your corporate university. It’s a world class corporate university design and drafting tool. The Corporate University Blueprint establishes action focused role responsibilities, combines inter-dependencies across business and organisational processes, enhances the real-time learning experience, accelerates strategic and tactical development projects and programmes and reduces cost through integrated new learning and knowledge management efficiencies. Please contact me (Ali@CoUniversity.com) if you are interested.

  • Jacob Eli T.

    Jacob Eli

    Jacob Eli T.

    Director of Corporate University Practice at Qube Learning & Chief Learning and Program Manager at EAG

    Thanks Ali for the quick response.
    I am currently working with Corporate University Exchange.
    I will definitely keep your response in mind.

  • Roland D.

    Roland

    Roland D.

    Senior Fellow at Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management

    Maharshi -

    That's a great challenge you have, and an exciting one, as the platform you are thinking of will offer a lot of opportunities to create something real new where all stakeholders can buy in - if it is designed right, that is. It is actually not that difficult, if you have the buy-in from senior management.

    There are no better opportunities for learning than M&A events. The case of Unicredit Group is a great benchmark example here. Unicredit is one of Europe's largest banks which has grown over less than ten years from 16,000 to 160,000 employees, almost exclusively through M&A (more than 18 :)).

    They used their Corporate University as a platform for leadership learning activities that focused on a leadership dialogue to create a shared understanding about strategy, organization, and cultural cornerstones. Over the last years, this created a great network of senior executives who continue to collaborate on key strategic issues as "alumni" and sometimes mentors of younger high potentials.

    Their commitment to using learning as lever for cultural change and integration is exemplified by the fact that they created an outstanding physical space in the center of Turin that they designed exclusively for purposes of collaborative learning and discourse. This might not be in everybody's budget, but it is certainly inspirational and may trigger some ideas that you may be able to use in your context, too. If you google "Matt Taylor, Unicredit" you will find a great story from the architect about the philosophy behind that design, together with stunning pictures.

    Also,the public section of their website www.unimanagement.eu provides a good overview of what they do through their CU and how they do it. They have in my eyes one of the most advanced learning architectures out there. I did a case study about them in my recent book and know the key players well. Happy to tell you more offline if you like..

    Best, Roland

  • Jacob Eli T.

    Jacob Eli

    Jacob Eli T.

    Director of Corporate University Practice at Qube Learning & Chief Learning and Program Manager at EAG

    Roland
    Thank you so much for your inputs.
    I will look them up.
    Senior Management buy in happens later this year.
    CEO and VP of HR are already enrolled and registered!!!
    I am so excited.
    Running training in a way that the different business units collaboratively contribute to our Company's strategic goals and missions, is what I aim to accomplish.
    Thanks again!!

  • Jacob Eli T.

    Jacob Eli

    Jacob Eli T.

    Director of Corporate University Practice at Qube Learning & Chief Learning and Program Manager at EAG

    My email addy: Roy.maharshi@gmail.com
    Looking forward to hearing from you

  • Michelle Pitot, EdD. C.

    Michelle Pitot, EdD.

    Michelle Pitot, EdD. C.

    Experienced Executive and Coach, showing you how to win at the games of business and life.

    The company I'm just now leaving has grown from one state to 44 states and Canada in less than 15 years, primarily through mergers and acquisitions. Buy-in to the importance of learning at the top level of leadership is obviously important. Still, we grew our Corporate University through developing, maintaining, and growing grassroots support among our employees at all levels. Shoestring budget, merely a handful of enthusiastic and committed people, and our reach has expanded enormously in scope, content, and sheer numbers of staff served. I'm proud to have been part of that success, and I leave the company knowing that the team I've worked with on this endeavor is valued by staff, leadership, executive management and the board.

    We won a CorpUExchange Award for Launching a new Corporate University in 2010. They gave us some excellent support, helped us to professionalize what we did... all helped to expand our reach and make real progress towards evolving a Learning Culture in the organization. More than happy to listen if you want to bounce ideas/questions/ frustrations off, if that can help.

    Good luck to you and your team!

  • Maelle P.

    Maelle

    Maelle P.

    West/South Europe Area training manager

    Has your company a concrete vision and values in place?

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