Siemens is a 150-year-old German company,but it s not the
company it was even a few years ago.Until recently,Siemens
focused on producing electrical products.Today the firm has
diversified into software,engineering,and services.It is also
global, with more than 400,000 employees working in 190
countries.In other words,Siemens became a world leader by
pursuing a corporate strategy that emphasized diversifying
into high-tech products and services, and doing so on a
With a corporate strategy like that, human resource
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A living company is a learning company.The high-tech
nature of S iemens business means that employees must
be able to learn on a continuing basis.S iemens uses its
system of combined classroom and hands-on apprentice-
ship training around the world to help facilitate this.
It also offers employees extensive continuing education
and management development.
2. Global teamwork is the key to developing and using all
the potential of the firm s human resources. Because it
is so important for employees throughout Siemens to
feel free to work together and interact, employees have
to understand the whole process, not just bits and
pieces. To support this, Siemens provides extensive
training and development. It also ensures that all
employees feel they re part of a strong, unifying
corporate identity. For example, HR uses cross-border,
cross-cultural experiences as prerequisites for career
3. A climate of mutual respect is the basis of all
relationships within the company and with society.
Siemens contends that the wealth of nationalities,
cultures, languages, and outlooks represented by
its employees is one of its most valuable assets.
It therefore engages in numerous HR activities aimed
at building openness, transparency, and fairness,
and supporting diversity.