Fairchild Semiconductor – Organisation Transformation

Fairchild Semiconductor – Transforming Cultures

Design Sojourn has proved to be very knowledgeable and they led the training well and imparted to us a strong process and Design Thinking tools. During the workshop, we worked with them on Innovative Development projects for our organization and we have achieved great results.

– Don Kim, Senior Human Resources Director, Assembly and Test Operations, Asia
Project Scope

Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc, founded in 1957, is a pioneer in the semiconductor industry and that pioneering spirit endures today.  Prior to its acquisition in 2016, Design Sojourn was engaged to run a series of workshops to help in the transformation of a B2B manufacturing focused organisation into one that is service oriented, customer-centric and creative.

The Senior Management of Fairchild are strong advocates of Design Thinking and wanted it to be part of their organisational culture.  They saw the value of the DT process and the advantage it provided in solving business problems and innovating the way they run their back-end (BE) manufacturing sites based in Asia.

Design Sojourn was their consultant of choice to design and facilitate a 3 Day Senior Management (C Suite, GMs and above) Retreat in Cebu to see how the Design Thinking methodology can be used to solve problems in the domains of Quality Assurance, Employee Engagement, Manufacturing Excellence, and New Product Introduction.

Design Sojourn started the project by running extensive interviews and surveyed multiple stakeholders in the organisation to understand their challenges, needs, and motivations.  This lead to a baseline to see how the organisation could transform their corporate culture and innovate the way they work.

Fairchild Semiconductor – Transforming Cultures

During the Retreat in Cebu, participants were introduced to the design thinking process, and in a very hands-on manner used design thinking to identified organisational wide themes and solutions.

Fairchild Semiconductor – Transforming Cultures

The outcomes of the Retreat was so successful that the CEO and regional GMs wanted this experience for their own locations. Design Sojourn was then engaged to create a strategy to localise the themes to their Asians locations in Singapore, Cebu, and Suzhou.

Fairchild Semiconductor – Transforming Cultures

Design Sojourn was finally invited to run a concluding workshop with their HQ team in Silicon Valley, USA.

Project Outcomes:

  • Over 180 Staff trained in Design Thinking – they include C-Level Executives, Senior Managers, Line Managers and Line Staff
  • 5 x 3 Day workshops in 4 Locations – Singapore, USA, Cebu and China

Status: Completed (May 2013 to February 2015.)

Competence: Design Thinking, Consulting, Coaching and Mentoring, Organisation Transformation.

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