Authors: K. Tsuda
Addresses: Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd. 15, Kitahama 5-chome, Higashi-Ku, Osaka 541, Japan
Abstract: The Japanese steel industry has achieved a number of advances which centre around the expansion of facilities and significant innovations in operating technologies. However, these improvements have limitations in improving international competitiveness. In order for Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd. (SMI) to ensure such competitiveness, it recognizes the importance of also strengthening the contributions of its human resources. This paper discusses such efforts in two areas: (1) the historical development of SMI|s education/training system for white and blue collar workers; and (2) the more recent educational and training system for blue collar workers offered in the Human Resources Development Centre which was established in August 1993.
Keywords: human resources development; HRD; in-house education; in-house training; blue collar workers; computer systems; control strategy; mechanical engineering education; steel industry; Japan.
International Journal of Technology Management, 1996 Vol.12 No.5/6, pp.534 - 550
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