Samsung opens first leadership training academy outside Korea

The global facility in Singapore will help train staff, partners and clients in Southeast Asia and Oceania, in line with its strategy to strengthen localized products and marketing.
Written by Ryan Huang, Contributor

SINGAPORE--Samsung has unveiled its first global leadership academy outside of South Korea, which will train over 5,000 employees, partners and clients in the region every year.

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KK Park, president of Samsung's Southeast Asia HQ, (3rd from left) at the opening ceremony. (credit: Ryan Huang/ZDNet)

"We need to develop leaders who can preserve and grow company’s current value via developing customized locally relevant product offerings and communication plans under 'Built for Asia' theme," said KK Park, president of Samsung's Southeast Asia headquarters.

Park added the company needed leaders who could drive new future value. "These will be 'Growth Engine Teams' delivering solution-based businesses," he explained.

According to Samsung, these solution-based businesses cover:

  • Cross product offerings: like "Home Sync" for total home solutions across different digital appliances
  • B2B/B2G offerings: leveraging the company's product portfolio across IT, mobile, and consumer electronics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: to address local market challenges using Samsung digital technology
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Part of the academy's collaborative learning environment features real-time quizzes, which add an interactive element via live streaming of questions and results. (credit: Ryan Huang/ZDNet)

The 12,000 square foot academy aims to deliver over 70 courses and will work with top educational institutes, including Singapore Management University (SMU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Harvard Business School and INSEAD.

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2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Samsung's new management declaration, when it called for renewal of the company following the passing of its founder. (credit: Ryan Huang/ZDNet)

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