APEC HRD-CBN Project "Strengthening Human Resource Management System of SMEs for Facilitating Successful Trade and Investment in APEC" Pilot Seminar in Seoul
In order to seize the opportunity provided by the liberalization of trade and investment in the APEC region, it is essential for small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) to strengthen their competitiveness in the global market. This can be possible through developing and maintaining excellent human resources, and effectively utilizing them as enterprises' intellectual assets. Using case teaching materials developed under the captioned APEC project, a seminar was organized as a pilot program for capacity building of SME owners and managers to help their efforts to establish effective human resource management (HRM) systems.
-Planning workshop for the seminar by APEC experts
-Pilot seminar: "APEC Seminar on Strategic Human Resource Management for SME: Winning in the Global Economy"
-Wrap-up workshop by APEC experts; site visit
Seminar participants: 14 local persons, including owners of SMEs, managers in large corporations which have SMEs as suppliers, human resource development (HRD) consultants, and representatives from the public sector HRD related organizations.
Resource speakers: 12 persons, including human resource development experts, from economies in the APEC region (Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and Viet Nam)
This project was proposed in 2011 to strengthen the international competitiveness of SMEs in the APEC region through effective HRM for developing and maintaining excellent human resources so that the SMEs can enter the global supply chain. On the basis of discussion at the kick-off meeting held in April 2012, ten cases from eight economies in the APEC region on various issues of HRM systems were developed. With the cooperation of the Human Resources Development Service of Korea (HRD Korea), a pilot seminar entitled "Strategic Human Resource Management for SME: Winning in the Global Economy" was held in Seoul, Korea, in September, testing these cases and the program design.
The two-day seminar intended to examine appropriate HRM systems based on business strategy with assessment of the present situation and future direction of the company following the four themes: "challenges and opportunities for SMEs presented by the liberalization of economies," "leveraging human assets for strategic advantage," "leading innovation and growth," and "shaping work culture through systems." In line with each theme, the APEC experts presented their cases, and discussed the key success factors and the commonalities and differences of human resource management. Through the discussion, the participants learned, among other things, the importance of linking business strategy with HRM systems and the fact that the organizational culture and effective HRM differ among the APEC economies. The results of the seminar will be reflected in future capacity building programs, and the cases used as teaching materials in the seminar will be finalized, published, and made available for the APEC community.
Human Resource Development Dept.