IBM’s long-standing president, the legendary Thomas J. Watson Sr., and his son and successor, Thomas J. Watson Jr., always made sure IBM workers could advance in their careers by offering them superior employee development programs. Indeed, in his McKinsey Foundation Lectures, Watson Jr. contended that such visionary programs, plus other IBM traditions, contribute heavily to the corporation’s success – even more than its remarkable technological achievements or much-copied organizational structure. IBM career development experts Mary Ann Bopp, Sheila Forte-Trammell and Diana A. Bing (now retired) explain the company’s ongoing programming. They discuss what it does, why and how, even if that necessitates making some areas of their manual a little heavy on lists. getAbstract recommends this detailed picture of IBM’s superior career development activities to any human resources professional.
About the Authors
Mary Ann Bopp is in charge of career development at the IBM Center for Learning and Development, where Sheila Forte-Trammell is a learning consultant. Now retired, Diana A. Bing was IBM’s director of enterprise learning.