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Allan Weisberg: Prescribing Learning and Business Success
Much of Johnson &amp; Johnson’s reputation comes from its principled workforce. Vice President of Organizational Capability Allan Weisberg helps support that integrity with learning and development.
Name: Allan Weisberg
Title: Vice President of Organizational Capability
Company: Johnson & Johnson
- Established Johnson & Johnson’s e-University, with approximately 50 schools encompassing business function, operating companies and regions, and more than 6,000 courses.
- Devised and put into effect an action-learning program for executives, which addresses real business issues.
- Leads Johnson & Johnson’s internal consulting group, using people inside the organization to support the business.
- Delivered region-specific learning content to Johnson & Johnson employees around the world, including some who had never had access to the company’s educational offerings.
- Blended e-learning with classroom-based education, thereby producing a beneficially symbiotic bond between the two modalities.
Learning Philosophy: “We really recognize the importance of our workforce and how critical the workforce is to the success of Johnson & Johnson. Therefore, training and development plays a very important role in terms of the corporation. We also recognize that with the kind of workforce we have, a global workforce, with different access to training and different access to development, that we need to be flexible and have the adaptability to deal with the different situations.”
At Johnson & Johnson, which has been providing health-care goods and services for well over a century, the watchword at both the organizational and individual levels is “integrity.” The company was seventh on Fortune magazine’s list of most admired companies this year and took the top spot in the pharmaceutical category of the survey. Additionally, ever since The Wall Street Journal started publishing its annual poll five years ago, gauging corporate reputation among U.S. businesses, Johnson & Johnson has been ranked first. A large part of the company’s sterling status comes from its principled and conscientious workforce, which is indoctrinated with the well-known Johnson & Johnson credo from the outset of employment, said Allan Weisberg, vice president of organizational capability. He added that learning and development supports this code of ethics, and vice versa.
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