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Novak, Ralph S.||Carlson, Milton

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Management and Finance


Motorola; inc; Employees--Training of


Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this study is to survey one company's approach to training and education, and compare this with some of the more prevalent theories and principles presented in today's literature. It is hoped that this survey will benefit both students and businessmen to better understand some of the practical implications of the many theories and principles presented in today's literature, and to assist them in developing and/or evaluating other training and education programs. Procedure: This study first presents a brief history of Motorola, Inc., which emphasizes the rapid development, growth, and change that has occurred in the organization and its product lines. With this historical background, the need for training and education at Motorola is indicated as well as the goals and objectives of the company's training activities. The steps followed in establishing a program are discussed. At Motorola the steps followed in establishing a program are formulated into phases of what they think of as a "training cycle." The first phase is need determination; the second, programming; the third, evaluation; and the final phase is the follow-up. After discussing the development of the program, the services offered by the Training and Education Department through its Educational Assistance Program and its In-Plant Program are described. Finally, a description of the mechanics of the program is made. A review of present literature in the field of industrial training and education was made to determine some of the prevalent theories and principles. In conclusion, Motorola's Training and Education Program is compared with these present theories and principles in the industrial training and education field. Conclusions: In comparing Motorola's Training and Education Program with some of the prevalent theories and principles suggested in today's literature in the field of training and education in industry, a close similarity exists between Motorola's program and the criteria, methods, and procedures suggested by the authorities in training and development. From this comparison, it may be assumed that Motorola's training activities have been developed on a sound and well-defined foundation of careful and systematic planning. It is the writer's opinion that the training and education program offered by Motorola, Inc., is a creditable approach to the development of company personnel and may serve as a worthy example to students and businessmen of an extensive program for the training and education of employees in industry.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 85-86)


ix, 86 pages




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