Huawei is trying all it can to make sure that its businesses do not go under during these trying times. Technically, the bans only affect Huawei’s smartphone business. Its other businesses are performing normally if not better. Nevertheless, there seems to be a need for a change in how its top officials come into office. According to an e-mail signed by Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s owner, those to head various departments will be experts.
Ren Zhengfei said that the company’s talent management mechanism should be conducive to the growth of experts and talents. He added, “To change the evaluation system and long-term view of intellectuals, we must learn from the United States, Russia… to respect experts, otherwise we will not be able to correctly display the value of scientists, experts, and talents”.
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Ren Zhengfei also said that it is necessary to sort out the responsibilities and powers of experts for professional decision-making in the current business decision-making team (such as ST/IPMT/ITMT/SDT, etc.). Furthermore, through reasonable expert decentralization, it will allow experts to truly master certain professional decisions. It will make this happen so as to guarantee professionalism and simplicity in management.
According to Huawei, the role of leadership is more of an organizational role. The Chinese manufacturer can not continue to accept leaders who are not experts. For Huawei, if a leader pretends to be an expert, he will be biased and smashed. In the future, the company would emphasize the professional role, and experts should gradually take charge.
Ban on Huawei is not going away soon
Huawei is currently at the hub of multiple controversies surrounding the U.S. and China trade war. The company has been facing multiple bans from the U.S. and this is slowly crumbling its smartphone business. The latest ban from the U.S. ensures that Huawei does not have access to flagship processors. As of now, the company is preparing to launch the Huawei Mate 40 series. Due to the numerous bans, this series may be Huawei’s last flagship series for the foreseeable future. While Huawei placed orders for 15 million Kirin 9000 from TSMC, the Taiwanese chipmaker was only able to deliver 8.8 million units due to the ban. There are reports that the Mate 40 series as well as a flagship tablet will use this chip. However, we do not know how the company hopes to manage the few units which is barely enough for six months.