Anglo American Leadership Academy: Aligning Global Leadership Development to Strategy
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In 2019, the head of leadership development for Anglo American plc (Anglo American), a global mining conglomerate, was reviewing the two years she had been working with the human resources (HR) leadership team to establish the company’s international Leadership Academy. Her task was to determine leadership development solutions that supported Anglo American’s strategy and to recommend how to resource, identify, develop, and retain the diverse talent pool required to achieve the company’s business objectives. She had gone to great lengths to ensure the Leadership Academy’s offerings underpinned the organization’s strategic imperatives. She now pondered how to assess the impact of the Learning Academy. Was the human resources leadership team looking at and measuring the right things?
This case is intended for use in senior-undergraduate- and graduate-level strategic HR courses focusing
on international business, organizational design, or leadership training and development. It can also be used in senior undergraduate-level elective courses on HR management or talent management, in leadership development programs, or in short executive education courses focusing on large-scale international business management or talent management. After working through the case and assignment questions, students will be able to do the following:
- Understand the complexity of, and the rigour required in, managing the development of leaders in global business organizations.
- Appreciate the need for, and identify methods of, aligning an HR strategy to the organization’s strategy.
- Describe the wide-ranging role of training, learning, and development in organizations.
- Discuss how managing one’s ecosystem is key to gaining influence and success at different levels (personal, departmental, and executive).
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
United Kingdom; South Africa, Large, 2019
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