Streamlining the Training Department: A Merger Success Story

  • Nick Koris, Takeda Pharmaceuticals,
  • Marcus Hswe, Performance Development Group

Mergers create challenges, as the new organization tries to integrate two ways of getting work done, two sets of resources, and two sets of partners. But mergers also create opportunities. In this session, you’ll learn how Shire’s US Commercial Learning and Development (L&D) team leveraged a merger to create a new kind of training department.

Following the merger of Shire and Baxalta, Shire’s US Commercial L&D team was faced with the challenge of fully integrating resources and processes quickly in order to support the business initiatives that drive the organization’s goals. With every challenge, however, comes an opportunity: how could Shire use this opportunity to streamline the Learning Team, build speed, control cost, and ultimately enable Shire to achieve its commercial objectives?

In this case study-driven session, you’ll learn how Shire created a unified Learning team, focused their vendor partners, reduced cost, and drove better alignment to the business. You’ll learn how Shire:

-Used demand planning to identify the demand aligned to business priorities and determine resourcing needs

-Created a business case for building and documenting best-in-class processes and focused the Learning team on the strategic challenges

-Operationalized the new mode, including new Product Launch standards, improved project management, better utilization of the LMS

  • Date:Tuesday, June 4
  • Time:2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Room:Ft. Worth 3-4
  • Location:Ft. Worth 3-4
  • Session Type:Case Study
  • Submitter Name: Mesch, Rich
  • Submission Date (CST): 25/01/2019 14:02
  • Session Level: Advanced
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  • Session Length: 60 Minute Workshop
  • How are you planning on keeping the learners engaged during this presentation?: This session will be a conversation between participants and presenters, so everyone can share their own experiences as well.
  • Learning Objective 1: How the challenges of integrating resources from multiple organizations resulted in a team that was leaner, more efficient, more agile and efficient
  • Learning Objective 2: How Shire created a system of playbooks and tools to drive and maintain their transformed Learning capability
  • Learning Objective 3: How Shire created a more flexible and responsive Learning capability that was better aligned to the goals of the business
  • What is the topic your workshop will cover and how is it relevant to the industry?: Consolidation of the industry is a constant, and most participants will have experienced a merger and the challenges that come with it.
Nick Koris
Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Marcus Hswe
Performance Development Group