Pfizer’s new research university in the US has successfully tackled the problem of knowledge management which dogs many large pharmaceuticals companies, according to a report by researcher TFPL.
The US pharmaceuticals giant has established the Pfizer Research University in Groton, Connecticut in America as part of its strategy to share its knowledge among its R&D employees worldwide.
To reinforce its global mandate for the university, Pfizer has appointed a director of learning at the company’s main R&D site in the UK to head up the PRU initiative in Europe.
Pfizer appointed a senior management advisory group to oversee the university.
The faculty seeks experienced members of staff who act as tutors for less experienced employees. The experience of these tutors is used to develop a body of knowledge that can be used in workshops.
Employees are taught through those workshops which simulate workplace scenarios that have been experienced by the tutor.
Staff can then access web-based resources and call upon the tutor’s advice after the course is completed.
Sandra Ward, author of the report said, “One of the challenges in corporate culture is for employees to share knowledge with each other.
“Pfizer has tackled this problem and shown that it can be overcome.”