14 Feb. 2012
WILMINGTON, N.C., (February 14, 2012) - Highlighting its commitment to employees and clients, Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) today announced that Training magazine has named the global contract research organization to the 2012 Training Top 125 list of businesses excelling in employee development.
"The best learning and development organizations, like PPD, support business initiatives tactically and help drive strategic change," said Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. PPD was recognized during an awards ceremony at the Training 2012 conference February 13 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
PPD's strategic approach to employee development is designed to drive employee engagement, enhance expertise and deliver client value. PPD training initiatives leverage the latest thinking in learning methodology through a broad array of programs for employees across the global business, from new hires to veteran staff, from generalists to highly trained specialists.
Key to PPD's success in employee training is an effective partnership between its human resources team and its technology, innovation and performance (TIP) group, which integrates training, process improvement, information technology and business analytics.
"Our integrated structure is unique in the CRO industry in that it provides a holistic and integrated approach to continuous improvement," said Mike Wilkinson, executive vice president and chief information officer for PPD. "We train and develop staff, measure performance against standards, optimize processes, innovate technology and measure post-improvement performance - then initiate additional cycles of continuous improvement."
PPD's innovation in employee development includes:
- The clinical foundation program, the flagship training program for clinical research associates (CRAs) that addresses theoretical knowledge and practical application, followed by performance-based assessment. In 2011, CenterWatch cited strong CRA training programs as one reason for PPD's top ranking among CROs in its global survey of clinical research sites.
- PPD® 3D, a virtual, collaborative environment featuring user-customized avatars that is designed to improve the cost-effectiveness, speed and quality of clinical trial training. PPD adapted its clinical foundation program for the virtual training world, collaborating with ProtonMedia on its ProtoSphere platform. PPD 3D won a Microsoft 2011 Life Sciences Innovation Award.
- The global leadership program, which develops the strategic and global skills of rising company leaders over a six-month period, increasing their effectiveness in current roles and honing the skills required of future PPD executives. Focus areas include financial acumen, strategic leadership, negotiating skills and personal development planning.
The Training Top 125 list is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.
Training magazine is a 48-year-old professional development magazine written for training, human resources and business management professionals in all industries who advocate for training and workforce development as a business tool.