APO Study meeting on Talent management for Globalising SMEs

Great step to Asian SMEs for Globalization with Talent management

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Talent management is noteworthy theme of HRM in Asia
  The  Study meeting on Talent Management on Globalizing SMEs  was held in    Bangkok on 10-13September, 2012  by the  Asian Productivity Organization (APO) with 18  participants from 12 countries.

   It was very surprising to know that APO received over double number of  applicants  from 20 members of  Asian countries in spite of two prior assignments to all  candidates  for this meeting. This shows that theyrealized that the Talent  management was the  key issue in the globalization of SMEs.
  As you can find in the photo below, major participants were highly educated  women and are  veryenergetic in the discussion and presentation.
  The major applicants are categorized into four groups、Top Executive or Senior  managers in the  smalland medium-sized enterprise SMEs(Group1), Educators in  the  Academy/Local University(Group2),Governmental organization/National  SupportCenter(Group3), and  Independent Consultants(Group4).
  As it is difficult to accomplish globalization by SME alone, there are a lot of cases  of  collaboration amongthe local community in the region including Core  enterprises.  They used to constitute the  consortium  with the strong leadership of  Core Enterprises, local educational research laboratories ofuniversity, andthe  National  support center in the governmental agency.
  What type of supports should be effective for SME was discussed in this study  meeting  referring to thetalent management method.
  Due to the strong Yen appreciation, many production facilities in Japan are  obliged  to transfer to  Asiancountries, and Japanese manufacturers and APO  were  cooperating with the smooth start up of productionfacility in the past time as Japan  is Number 1 in quality control in the world.
  The Key knowhow of  5S, Kaizen activities, Lean production method  just like  Just In Time (JIT)  werealready transferred to Asian member countries through the  past  activities of APO.
  The next target is to transfer the Japanese unique knowhow of growing up SMEs  in Japan referring tothe talent management method.
  At the same time, it is good opportunities to understand the differences of  actual  applications of Talent  management in each country as Talent management  was  already implemented in the advanced large-scale company in India, Singapore, and  Malaysia and others.
  The Support programs for SMEs by  Spring Singapore is definitely the good  example for  other countriesin order to consider the effective support program in  the future.   In the  Management Associate Program(MAP) by Spring  Singapore, the philosophy of  Talent  management, coaching and mentoring were already  incorporated effectively.
  When you consider how you can  change  or  refine  the traditional support   scheme  for globalizingSMEs, you can get many awareness and hints from Talent  management.
   I dear say that almost every participants  obtained many ideas and hints, which   should be useful in thefuture in order to  support SMEs.
  In this study meeting,  Mr. Hiroshi Ishikawa, Chief Expert of APO, presented  basic  idea in sevensubjects and several samples in  Japan, and typical application  samples of  Talent  management in eachcountry  followed by other participants.
 This study meeting was  very  good opportunitiesto exchange  mutual  experiences  especially focusingon SMEs, and to find out the future possibilities.


Major Media in Thailand paid attention, and took it up on a largescale as alead story
  On the second day, the interview by Thai media was carried out, and a lot ofreporters  participated in thisinterview session.
Executive Director of Thailand Productivity Institutes  and the  Deputy Dean &HROD  ProgramDirector, School of Human Resource Development in  National  Institute of DevelopmentAdministration (NIDA), made the interview to  Mr.Hiroshi  Ishikawa, Chief expert  of APO, and  Mr. PeterEarnshaw, Managing  Director  of Asia ofthe  SilkRoad technology Corp, a talent  management softwaresupplier.


Positive discussion beyond the wall of the country lasted four days
   All participants presented the  outline of their job, their  challenges over current  HRM  issues  inSMEs, their  methodology for the improvement,expected outcome  by  talent management, majordifficulties in the   implementation of talent  management in  SMEs, and  the availability of  successful experiencesof talent management in SMEs as the  1stassignment.

  As the  2nd assignment, all participants were requested to present individually  according to thefollowing subjects.
 ・Why Indian software companies are eager to adopt Talent Management?
 ・Implementation samples of Talent management and Key for Success
 ・Global networking and local consortium for SMEs
 ・Long range  Human Capital Management (HCM) development plan  for SMEs
  by the government
 ・Introduction plan of coming  ISO HR standards

  As the  3rd assignment, following theme are provided for final group presentation.
 ・How to raise  producers  and  creators  in the communities and become the
Global leader?
 ・What kind of  action plans/support program  will be necessary to realize the
 effective Talent management in SMEs in the future?
  All participants were trying to understand each circumstance, and it was very  fruitful discussion inorder to execute  Group presentation  on the final day.


A lot of positive proposals getting over the difference of the country
  Group presentationsby four groups were done on what should be done in the  future on the final day.
There were many support programs that should be done by the  Government and  National support center.
  In addition, the  consultant group  presented the expertise of each person and  announced  what kind ofviewpoint we should do in the near future in order to  support the globalization of  SMEs.

  Although the culture and climate in each area are different, a lot of  common  points  and some issuestobe solved in both sides were also presented.
Particularly, three consultants from  Thailand, India, and Indonesia  were all  women this  time and arethe excellent persons, two of them acquired a doctorate.
  Many participants felt thatthe talent management in globalizing SMEs in Asia is  very essential forthe successful business of SMEs.


Most of participants told, " See you again next year ! "
Finally, everybody showed their ease obtaining a completion certificate in their  hands.

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