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Our Approach

TDK conducts its business together with numerous Group companies operating worldwide. To supply optimum values and solutions to customers located around the world, we believe it is important for the TDK Group to maximize its synergy and transcend the limitations of time, geography, and culture. In order to promote the true globalization of TDK in this way, the most important thing, we believe, is to foster the human resources that are fundamental for this purpose.
In addition, we are promoting the Global Management Development Programs, which seek to develop the next generation of human resources that will support TDK, based on the system shown below.

Global Management Development Training


TDK has established the Global HR Department within the Global Human Resources Division to develop various policies on a global scale.

Fiscal 2019 Goals and Achievements

Fiscal 2019 Goals Achievements
Continue Global Management Development Training (TCDP) Successful completion of Territorial Career Development Program (TCDP) in the four territories—Asia, Americas, Greater China, Europe (~100 persons participate)
Introduce newly Global Management Development Training (Advanced Management Program AMP) Alignment between Global and Local development measures in selective regions
Enhance English training program English test globally rolled out and global English trainings introduced

Please see here for the main training and system achievements.

Future Activities

Fiscal 2020 Goals
Continue Global Management Development Training (TCDP)
Continue newly Global Advanced Management Program (Global AMP)
Introduce Global Executive Management Program (GEMP)
Enhance English training program

Concrete Activities

TCDP (Territorial Career Development Program)

The Territorial Career Development Program (TCDP) is built on a program of the same name, which TDK Electronics started in China more than twelve years ago. TCDP on a territorial scale (Greater China, Asia, Americas, and Europe) was introduced in fiscal year 2018.
TCDP consists of several face-to-face modules, covering topics such as Leadership and Self-awareness, People management, Driving change, Presentation and Communication, Learning Integration and final Appreciation.

The goal of TCDP is to strengthen performance, motivation and professional maturity of talented employees, to develop leadership and management competencies as to ensure the continuity of talented management within the TDK Group. The objective is also to create a strong bond and partnership between TDK members from different sites, cultures, and experience. Participants work on a “real-life” team project throughout the program. The projects provide participants the opportunity to apply what they are learning in each face-to-face module. At the last module of TCDP, they present the culmination of their efforts to a TCDP Committee and get a final appreciation for their work and overall learning journey. This active learning is a crucial part of the program’s DNA.
The program consists of five training sessions (four modules in Americas with same training contents) over a 9-month period. It takes place at different TDK companies and sites in the respective territory. TCDP is aimed for talented employees, having managerial or supervisory experience and high potential for future growth, of any function from any location within the TDK group. Each cohort in each territory is limited to 25 participants. The program is held in English.

Business benefits :

  • TCDP develops the next generation leaders.
  • TCDP supports global succession planning for key positions and the development of globally capable leaders who can contribute in diverse fields and cultures.
  • TCDP enables deepen understanding of management methods and principles, develop leadership skills, increases employee engagement and self-awareness.
  • TCDP participants build stronger bonding and partnership among TDK members.

Global AMP (Global Advanced Management Program)

Global Advanced Management Program (Global AMP) was introduced in 2019.

The Global AMP develops future leaders and strengthens their competences around strategy, change management & innovation management.

The goal of the program is to support & empower participants in their transition to executive level roles, to learn and practice the tenets of transformational and inspirational leadership and to create stronger bonding and partnership among TDK Group companies.

An integral part of the Global AMP journey is the project based learning approach which is linked to TDK strategic issues and which enables an immediate learning application and knowledge sharing in the TDK context. At the end of the Global AMP journey, the participants present their project to the TDK Top Management.

Global AMP is offered yearly. It is a 7-month program, encompassing 3 face-to-face modules and one online module, in total 14 training days. The face-to-face modules take place in Singapore, Lausanne and Tokyo. Participants are either GMs or newly appointed GMs and DGMs (or candidates who are newly promoted to such positions). Each cohort is limited to 20-25 participants. The program is held in English.

Business benefits :

  • Global AMP is build upon and serves the TDK Corporate values, culture and mid-term plan.
  • Global AMP supports global succession planning by empowering participants in their transition to executive level roles.
  • Global AMP develops ability for strategic vision and thinking, innovation and strategy execution.
  • Global AMP participants create stronger bonding and partnership among TDK Group companies.

GEMP (Global Executive Management Program)

The Global Executive Management Program (GEMP) was introduced in 2020.
The GEMP program is about leveraging diversity and becoming a “top manager of change” and about detecting and managing innovation, that leads to business development strategies.
The goal of GEMP is to create stronger bonding and collaboration among TDK Group companies and corporate functions starting at the highest levels of the hierarchy. This will support us in our mission of creating a stronger company resilience through the deployment of inspiring top class leadership crossing borders and cultures.
GEMP bridges the Eastern and Western Leadership Philosophy and contributes to develop the new generation of TDK Group Executives. Strategic issues are brought into projects with the objective of preparing the foundation for the next mid-term plan and of presenting it to TDK’s Top Management. Individual coaching sessions support the participants in their development journey to become inspiring Global Leaders.
The journey is designed in 3 face-to-face modules of 5/4/4 days, in total about 7 months. The opening module takes place in Barcelona, the final module in Tokyo. Location of Module 2 can change every cohort in order to adapt to the TDK context and to serve the GEMP journey appropriately.
Participants are either potential or newly appointed Corporate Officers. Each cohort is limited to 10–15 participants. The program is held in English.

Business benefits :

  • The GEMP program reinforces TDK’s sustainable strategy, speed and value creation approach among the participants, related group companies, and corporate functions.
  • GEMP brings the participants to a higher level of awareness regarding the mega trends and major transformations; creates synergies to increase business, cost efficiency and overall resilience of TDK.
  • GEMP brings the participants in the position of envisioning TDK’s sustainable growth and contribution to the world, and preparing the foundation for the next mid-term plan (and potentially beyond).

Introduce English training programs globally

The goal of the Global Communication & English project is to enhance the fluency of communication within the TDK group world-wide. It does so, by introducing selected and recommended English training programs around the world. The first phase, which was a standard English speaking test for our employees, was implemented in 2018 with the aim of establishing the English training requirement of individual employees. People who need to improve their English language skills are guided to suitable training through the Global HR department upon completion of the test. This repeating process will improve our communication around the world and prepare us for future challenges.