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Company Profile Texas Instruments TI with more than 35000 employees worldwide and annual sales around 3 billion makes markets and sells high-technology components more than 30000 customers all over the world buy TI products TI has three separate business segments 1 Semiconductor 2 Sensors Controls and 3 Educational Productivity Solutions Semiconductor is by far the largest of these business segments It accounted for over 85 percent of revenue in 2004 and over time it averages a higher growth rate than the other two business segments although the semiconductor market is characterized by wide swings in growth rates from year to year TI was the worlds third-largest semiconductor company in 2004 in terms of revenue according to Gartner Inc an industry analyst About TI Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet customers real world signal processing requirements The companys three business segments are Semiconductor Sensors Controls and Educational Productivity Solutions TI is headquartered in Dallas Texas and has manufacturing design or sales operations in more than 25 countries Teams of between five and fifteen workers take responsibility for an integrated customer-driven production process Team members cross-train in many of the tasks within the defined process and gradually expand their capabilities to include administrative and support roles As the team matures it slowly becomes increasingly autonomous until it functions with minimal supervision Texas Instruments has pioneered the concept of self-directed work teams Each team encompasses anywhere from five to fifteen members or so and sometimes a team leader a team facilitator or rotating leadership Leaders come from the ranks of the shop floor workers not plant management Each member of a particular team learns all of the jobs within that teams responsibility and team members rotate jobs periodically among themselves Team responsibilities often cross functional boundaries and include many tasks that in typical factories would fall within the exclusive
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