Critical Issues: Executives from HP Inc. wanted to build an Educational Enrichment Program (EEP) for their employees to help facilitate organizational learning, primarily centered around competitive strategy and the management of change, since the company is attempting to “reinvent” itself.
Vision: HP Inc. reached out to Bauer College Decision & Information Sciences Clinical Assistant Professor Victor Wayhan to build a custom curriculum for the program with eight learning modules focused on change management.
HP realized that additional training was not the answer. Training is skill-based and task-oriented, and is insufficient to create the depth of knowledge necessary for creative problem solving. Educational knowledge, on the other hand, can facilitate higher-order thinking that can create a depth of understanding sufficient to bring about a transformation in both mindset, and culture.
“Personal transformations take place when change happens at work. The way the content was put together and integrated, was very important. It was an amazing foundation to support all of us in the class, it allowed us to support all of our colleagues at HP. It helped all of us as we transformed HP into a company for the people, for the future.”
– Laura Zaras, Business Program Manager for IT Transformation Initiatives
“I appreciated the teaching style, the way the instructor engaged the class, it was one of those things where you weren’t stepping into a classroom and just listening to someone speak. We had the opportunity to share specific scenarios and challenges we were being faced with we were able to get support and solutions in the classroom. To be able to have access to this kind of a resource when I have a busy job and home life is gold.”
– Sandra Eaton, Sr. Global Quality Manager
“We are extremely pleased with Executive Development and the instructor’s collaborative approach. The students collaborated on the selection of books and authors. Our curriculum was tailored and customized to our business model. The instructor used actual HP business cases and HP strategies as examples during dynamic interactions in the classroom.”
– Alex Souza, HP Operations