These were visits to two different organizations that were based in Beijing and Xian respectively.
Motorola established itself in China in 1987 and has over 9000 employees throughout China. Currently they have over 8.9 billion RNB in sales per year with over 16 Research and Development Centers throughout China.
We visited Motorola University and were given an overview of the training and development done at Motorola by Mr. Lee Liu and Ms. Eileen Li. Mr. Liu is the HR Director of Talent at MU and Ms. Li was the Marketing Manager.
There was a great deal of interest in our group which was evident by the questions and enthusiasm with which they were answered. Mr. Liu also mentioned that many of the people they hire are contract employees or consultants that work based on projects and needs of the organization. Maybe we can pool our talents and come up with a project that could be done so that we can come back and visit again!
Mr. Liu gave us an excellent overview of the major businesses with Motorola that the University serves. He discussed the high growth areas of Wi-Fi and Wi-Fo in China and how there is much R&D being done in these areas. He also mentioned that they were the first company to achieve CMM Level 5 in China. (I'm not super familiar with these terms, so feel free to correct them if you would like!)
Some of the questions and points of discussion included;
Human Resource challenges relating to corporate education.
The interface of western and eastern ideology within the workplace.
How they manage being a for profit organization in a SOE environment.
Trends in the future. New technology challenges and staying ahead of the curve.
Discussion of three levels of management. Executive, General management and lower management.
Mr. Liu emphasized the importance of hiring good people initially for long term retention and development goals.
Three areas of emphasis in this area at Motorola are:
1. Leadership of supervisors.
2. Economic incentives.
3. Cultural compentency and emotional attachment.
How they primarily hired individuals were through the internet, referal and job fairs/search firms.
As Confucius says: â€śit is very good to have a happy personâ€?
He also discussed the importance of the company culture and how it is affected by the social environment.
We finished with a tour of some of the existing and new products that are coming from their area. This is the part of Motorola that has developed the â€śMotoRazorâ€? cell phone and they are continually improving this produce with more design and user features to stay competitive with other companies.
Our next visit was with Maxyee Culture Industry Co. Ltd.
We visited the Shanxi printing factory in Xi'an and did an in-depth tour of their factory and had an excellent overview by Mr. Zhang Chi Lea and the plant manager whoâ€™s name escapes me. Mr. Lea is a Director and Administration and Human Resource Director.
This is an organization that has many enterprises of which we saw their joint venture with Shanxi Printing Corporation. We toured the factory in Xi'an and saw drawings of the new proposed factory which was vry impressive.
This organization is owned by Private Owners-74%, State Owned- 22%, 14% Employee-owned. (Iâ€™m not exactly sure on these numbers)
This is an older company and is in a large growth period due to the changes occurring in their geopraphical area and in China in general. They are part of the â€śXian Economic and Technological Development Zone-China Westâ€?. Currently there is approximately 800,000,000 RNB/100,000,000 US being invested in the area. They are also currently in the planning stage of building a brand new factory that had a drawing in the report they handed out to us.
What I thought was interesting was the layout of the factory and the use of labor within the factory. It seemed like a walk back in time for me because my father was an electrician in a book binding factory for 30 years. With the exception of the Heidelberg machines, the binding and cutting machines looked exactly like the ones that I helped out with when I worked in the factory for a summer! Some other interesting thoughts were the division of labor according to gender, safety considerations and the overall progress that this organization is going through in order to get ready for their new building.
What was also evident was the extraordinary enthusiasm that the managers had relative to the future of the company. This represented the collective idea of the whole that we have seen so much in organizations in China. Mr. Lea finished their presentation with the a beautiful rendition of singing the company song.
Putting Kevin to work at Shanxi Printing Factory: Xian, China