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Our Approach

TDK Global HR is continuously developing the Global Management Development Programs which seek to develop TDK’s future leaders, and to serve the succession plan. Moving forward, our focus remains to continuously increase the quality of our training activities, to integrate a blended learning approach as an asset to provide the best possible learning experience to the participants in all circumstances, and to develop the potential of our many talented team members. With this people-centric approach, we enable continuous human growth.

Global Management Development Programs

Roles and Responsibilities

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

Goals and Achievements

Fiscal 2023 Goals Achievements
Continuing the Territorial Career Development Program (TCDP) Successful continuity of the TCDP in all territories by combining on-site and online facilitation.
In total 103 participants attended TCDP in fiscal 2023 worldwide (at this stage, the number of members of one region has not yet been determined. The nomination process is slightly delayed due to COVID-19 influences).
After the successful roll-out of the program, the focus is now on the continuation of the Global Management Program (GMP) Live the strengths of TDK United while getting to know new development tools and methods such as agile management techniques.
Due to the unique reformation system in GMP of half of the participants each year, the newly GMP announced participants will join 24 already enrolled former program participants. In total we welcome 51 participants in the GMP fiscal 2023 cohort.
Keep on developing the talents and competencies through Global Advanced Management Program (Global AMP) and creating a valuable program experience Considering the possibility for the participants to travel safely again and to meet in person, the program resumed in fiscal 2022. The participants can experience the TDK United spirit and build a strong bonding and networking throughout the journey. With the objective of maximizing the impact of the learning, the program design is evolving with the changing business circumstances of TDK.
Launch the second cohort of the Global Executive Management Program (GEMP) Design the GEMP journey to serve the business circumstances and address the future challenges of TDK.
Create a valuable program experience for the participants who will build their Vision and Strategy for the future of TDK.

Future Activities

Fiscal 2024 Goals
TCDP: Continue the program by incorporating blended learning into the journey. Due to the high demand, the program is extended in some regions to two cohorts at the same time (~100 - 125 participants in total worldwide).
GMP: Successful run of the cohort by creating effectful synergies and conveying a deeply understanding of TDK’s structure (~50 participants per year).
Global AMP: Successful run of the fiscal 2024 cohort (~25 participants per year and passing the number of 100 alumni).
GEMP: Further development and integration of the GEMP initiatives into the long-term strategy of TDK.


TCDP (Territorial Career Development Program)

The Territorial Career Development Program (TCDP) originally started in TDK Electronics Greater China more than thirteen years ago. Since 2018, Global HR has have deployed TCDP on a territorial scale (Greater China, Asia, Americas, and Europe).

TCDP provides training around Leadership Essentials, People Management, Driving Change, Inspiring Communication and Presentation, and Value Creation.
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 is designed in five training sessions (four modules in Americas with same training contents) over a 9-month period. If live sessions can take place, the participants meet at different TDK companies and sites in their respective territory. If travelling is not possible, the sessions are held online, the design and the schedule being adapted to this virtual format.
A dedicated TCDP Learning channel is available on the TDK Digital Learning platform Weconnect. This complements and enriches the learning journey with a blended approach.
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 to 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 towards a TDK United.

GMP (Global Management Program)

GMP is aimed to be a personal and professional management development program for talented, engaged TDK employees having several years of management experience, and showing high potential for further growth within the TDK Group.
The program widens perspectives beyond own functions, increases leadership skills, creates awareness about TDK´s organizational structure & the challenges of General Management, and offers the opportunity to create stronger bonding and partnership among different TDK entities, functions, cultures, and experiences.
The program runs over a period of two years with the unique reformation of half of the participants each year. The overall journey consists of six face-to-face modules of 2.5 days each and taking place at various TDK locations worldwide if the situation allows. The GMP cohort consists of up to 50 participants, who are distributed into two groups of up to 25 participants each, to ensure the best possible learning, interactions and group dynamics. The allocation to the two groups is based on their main working activity. Within the journey, 2 sessions are held with the whole group, the remaining training sessions are held in the two small groups.
Each module is driven by a main content stream such as “Leadership & Intercultural Training”, or “TDK’s DNA” and “Global Sales”. In addition, a dedicated GMP Learning channel is available in the TDK Digital Learning platform ‘Weconnect’. It complements and enriches the leaning journey with a blended approach.

Business benefits:

  • GMP enhances participants’ network, knowledge, leadership skills and understanding of TDK organizational structure & challenges.
  • GMP supports global succession planning by empowering participants in their career development towards upper management positions.
  • GMP widens the perspectives of the participants beyond their business scope and to learn about the complexity of General Management.
  • GMP expands partnership among TDK Network members towards a TDK United.

Global AMP (Global Advanced Management Program)

Global Advanced Management Program (Global AMP) introduced in 2019 is aimed to develop future leaders and to strengthen 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 while creating 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 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. The original design of the journey is an 8-month program, encompassing three face-to-face modules and one online module, in total 14 training days. In addition, short sessions are held online to enrich and complement the journey. Participants are either General Managers or newly appointed General Managers and Deputy General Managers (or candidates who are newly promoted to such positions). Each cohort is limited to 20-25 participants and with this year, we have reached 83 alumni since the program was launched. The program is held in English.

Business benefits :

  • Global AMP is build upon and serves the TDK Corporate values, cultures, 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 towards TDK United.

GEMP (Global Executive Management Program)

The Global Executive Management Program (GEMP) introduced in 2020 is about leveraging diversity and becoming a “top manager of change” while 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, to embrace TDK United spirit at the highest levels of the hierarchy. This supports TDK in its 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, contributes to the development of the new generation of TDK Group Executives and serves the succession plan. Strategic issues are brought into projects with the objectives of serving the mid-term and building the long-term plan of TDK. These visionary projects are presented to TDK’s Top Management at the end of the journey. Individual coaching sessions support the participants in their development to become inspiring global leaders.
The journey is originally designed in three face-to-face modules of 5/4/4 days, in total about 8 months, but can also be held partly online if the circumstances require so. The locations can change every cohort 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 and we have reached 23 alumni since the program was launched. The program is not held every year as it is triggered by revision of the mid-term plan. It can also be prolonged beyond one year to support the participants in turning their vision into reality, a second and crucial phase of the GEMP. 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; as well as creates synergies to increase business/cost efficiency/overall resilience of TDK.
  • GEMP puts the participants in the position of envisioning TDK’s sustainable growth and contribution to the world, while preparing the foundation for the next mid-term plan (and potentially long-term).

World-wide Communication & English Training

The TDK group commenced on the Global Communication & English (GCE) initiative in order to bolster and enhance the communication fluency amongst our team members worldwide in 2018. Over the last 5 years, the GCE team has established an annual schedule of pre-testing, training & post-training tests. GCE training has also expanded to meet special requirements, such as intensive courses for those who need to improve their English communication skills in a short period of time, business skills training and also other languages. The GCE project will now also extend to offering communication training; both live sessions and on TDK Weconnect, TDK's digital learning platform. GCE is planning to unveil the 5 years of employees’ English level improvements via comprehensive graphs very soon.