Dynabook is a $60 billion global company who created the world’s first laptop PC. Originally owned by Toshiba they have had many business changes, including a major rebrand in 2018. Dynabook are now owned by Sharp.
Over recent years, Dynabook have had to handle numerous changes including different ownership, staff cuts, fast growth and a major change in culture, going from a Japanese process culture of ‘do it this way’ to a more innovative culture. Although a global organisation they say ‘we like to think and act much like a local business caring for the people, the land and future of the communities where we operate’ Their UK HR Business Partner, Amanda Howe referred to Dynabook ‘almost like a start up company with the back up of a large company’.
To help managers embrace and excel in this new innovative people led environment, it was agreed that a European development programme for managers would be created with each country running their own programme to meet their individual needs. Key to the programme was handling performance, focusing on identifying talent, developing capability and retaining staff. Training Providers were assessed on good culture fit and delivery of the right solution. After close consultation with Amanda and final approval from Annette Socha (Global Head of HR) STC was appointed in the UK.