Preparing high-potential employees for leadership
Nissan’s North American headquarters relocated from Los Angeles to Franklin, Tennessee, in 2006. Nissan executives were pleased to discover a top-notch university and business school in their new backyard and immediately began exploring ways in which they could work with Vanderbilt. During the course of these discussions, Nissan invited us to partner with them in developing a world-class leadership development program that would support their strategic plans for staffing and development of high-potential employees in North America and around the globe.
Vanderbilt’s Custom Solution for Nissan
Owen School faculty worked closely with Nissan’s organizational development team to build a program that fuses components of the highly ranked Vanderbilt MBA curriculum with Nissan’s internal expertise. The objective: help high-potential managers develop the leadership competencies that Nissan prizes. The resulting effort—the Accelerated Leadership Series—features Owen faculty and Nissan executives delivering coordinated, complementary content. Program participants gain exposure to cutting-edge management theories in strategy, leadership, communications, finance and innovation; they then learn about best practices and applications of these principles within Nissan from executives of the company.
I have a better understanding of the role of manager vs. leader and how that applies to future positions.
The program was very well developed and aligned with my needs. The speakers did a great job in delivering the program.
Leadership & innovation…not something we get to work on & discuss in our normal work environment.
Congratulations for excellent organization—always paying attention that we were comfortable.
At Nissan we’ve targeted Quality of Management, specifically leadership development, as one of our key strategic priorities. Through our three-year collaboration with Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, the faculty has assisted Nissan’s team to create a number of customized leadership development programs that combine The Owen School's expertise in cutting-edge management theories, with the real world application of these best practices and principles within Nissan.
Over the course of our relationship with The Owen School, they have cultivated a thorough understanding of our business philosophy through the collaboration of Vanderbilt professors with Nissan executives, which has benefited both organizations in the long term. This partnership has led to programs that help us achieve our goals and objectives, while complementing our corporate culture. Their faculty’s attention to detail and flexibility is appreciated and helps ensure a seamless program delivery for our participants. Additionally, the high quality of Vanderbilt’s professors always elicits positive feedback from our program attendees.
Overall, our return on investment (ROI) has been impressive. We’ve been able to measure the success of our leadership development programs through increased retention, as well as the promotion of many of our program participants into senior leadership roles. In the automotive industry delivering quality to our customers is a top priority – it’s that essential ingredient that keeps Nissan partnering with Vanderbilt and The Owen School.
Anish Baijal, Director, Talent Management & HR Service Center, Nissan North Americas