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Leading culture transformation in engineering and manufacturing

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Leading culture change in manufacturing

Manufacturing companies have a strong history of driving innovation and productivity through process improvement and a rigorous focus on quality, cost and delivery. A growing number of organizations are recognizing that creating the right kind of culture and mindset is the key enabler to performance improvement and competitiveness.

Quality manufacturing is a key pillar to any healthy economy. The design, engineering and production of value-added products and the support of them is critical for the European and American economies. The question is, will leaders evolve their organizations and the culture of those organizations quickly enough to create the organizational agility needed to outstrip the competition.

Most manufacturing companies have an effective focus on the systems, processes and technologies to support their performance. As a culture-shaping firm that has worked with manufacturing companies — from pharmaceuticals to packaged goods and food producers to automotive manufacturers — we have observed that manufacturers also have a common set of issues that cannot be addressed solely Without necessary changes at a behavioral and cultural level, no amount of systems, processes and technology will realize an organization’s strategic ambitions for sustainable future success. through the manufacturing process.

Without necessary changes at a behavioral and cultural level, no amount of systems, processes and technology will realize an organization’s strategic ambitions. Leaders will need to create an organizational culture that enables and supports the manufacturing process. They can do this by implementing a proven process to bring the desired culture to life with sustainable, measurable results.

About the authors

Ian Johnston (ijohnston@senndelaney.com) is managing partner of culture shaping in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, for Senn Delaney, a Heidrick & Struggles company. Dustin Seale is an alumnus of Senn Delaney.


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