Northwestern University's Forum for People Performance Management & Measurement has honored Nordson Corp. with its 2006 Performance Through People Award. The award formally recognizes Nordson's commitment to the principles of people performance management (PPM) and the company's ability to align, integrate and optimize the role that all its employees worldwide play in helping meet customer needs and achieve organizational objectives.

Nordson's Vice President of Human Resources Bruce Fields accepted the award during the Forum's first national conference on people performance management, recently held at McCormick Center South in conjunction with Marketing Days and The Motivation Show.

"It is an honor to accept this award from the Forum, which has generated substantial research and knowledge about the burgeoning business field of people performance management," Fields said. "Nordson's people performance strategies arose from our unwavering commitment to our customers. We invest time and other resources to recruit talented people who can deliver solutions to meet customers' needs."

According to Fields, Nordson's culture places people performance and people management as keys to corporate performance. He directly correlates this philosophy with Nordson's 13% annual sales growth rate since 1965.

Fields categorized Nordson's successful people performance strategy into five components:

  • High-Performing and Successful Organization
  • Stimulating Work & Career Opportunities
  • Effective Global Leadership
  • Positive Work and Life Balance
  • Corporate Culture/Values and Expectations
Past winners of the Performance Through People Award include Marriott International, Fifth Third Bank of Chicago, Southwest Airlines, The Container Store, and University of Michigan Medical Group. For more information, click on the website link below.