Each person will be assigned to work in one of eight teams of students. Each team will be ASSIGNED one of the following training/development programs or topics:
- Supervisory skills training.
- Pre-international assignment training.
- Diversity training.
- Middle- to upper-level management development program.
Your team will be provided with a company summary, a training needs analysis, and other information about the training project. Using this information, your team will develop a proposal to address the training needs. Each training proposal must contain the following:
- A statement of training purpose and training goals.
- A description of program design: A comprehensive outline of training topics, delivery, and media to be used and rationale/support for program design (see Tables 4-6 and 4-7 in Noe text, pp. 100 and 101).
- An overview of program policies--methods of selecting participants, use of internal or external trainers, tying training completion to compensation or succession planning systems, and so on.
- A description of how training transfer will be facilitated.
- A statement of training costs in budgetary format, in both per participant and total cost formats (see Chapter 6 in Phillips and Chapter 6 in Noe, particularly pp. 152-154, for guidance).
- A plan for evaluating training results/impacts (see Chapter 6 in Noe and Chapters 1-9 in Phillips).
The grade for the proposals will come from three sources: the written propsal, a proposal presentation, and a peer assessment. Each source is described below.
- Written Report (80 points). The written report must contain all of the above components. It must be well organized, grammatically correct, and be of the quality one would expect in an internal program proposal to be disseminated to upper-level managers (HR and general management).
- Proposal Presentation (30 points). Each team will have 15 minutes to present their proposal to the entire class. The presenters should presume that the audience is comprised of upper managers that will make the decision of whether to approve the program and budget for its costs. Handouts are strongly encouraged. After each group presents on a given day, there will be a brief question and answer session and general discussion. Teams are strongly encouraged to load and trial their PowerPoint files prior to the day of presentation. Delays or interruptions caused by file or technical failures that arise from the lack of preplanning and forethought by the team may result in grade reductions.
- Peer Assessment (30 points). Each person is expected to make a quality contribution to the project. Each team member will be assessed by all of his/her teammates using a form that will be distributed later in the semester. (A copy of the peer assessment form is located elsewhere on this site for your examination and will be used later in the semester.)