New technologies that enabled workplace innovation to increase organisation productivity
It’s 2019, so why does it often feel that we are living in 1919 in our organisations? Despite the rhetoric of agile everywhere, most organisations are still organised in traditional ways. At Bombardier Transportation we were struggling with the same issues that plague many established organisations for example:
• New technologies can positively impact the bottom-line, but how do you integrate it into your business strategy to make it real and workable?
• What is the real difference between technology as investment versus technology as an overhead to the business?
I will give an overview of what started as project to transform our Production Function became a vehicle to significantly improve the whole organisation in ways that were unforeseen. We improved business results as well as the quality of the work delivered.
When you introduce a new technology that impacts the whole organisation it doesn’t stop there. A critical component for success was not just the new technology and process improvement, it but also the new ways of working including behaviours needed to drive successful business outcomes.
In addition, I will also take you through some of the pitfalls and hurdles we met along the way and how use utilised these as improvement opportunities.
Edwin Van Vlierberghe, Belgium
Former Vice-President Supply Chain at Bombardier Transportation
Edwin offers 35 years of international experience as Site General Manager, Plant-Lead and Vice President Operations, Quality and SupplyChain in Automotive- & Railway-industry and Management Consultancy. He is now owner of Edel-advies, management-consultancy.
The challenge and the passion of him and his team, working for a global organization, has always been to bring “Operations and all involved processes” in high-cost countries to a level of “Competitive Advantage”. This challenge enforced him to continuously look for best practices, new ways of working, new technologies. As president of the Board of Workitects, a Belgian organization developing and implementing Innovative Workplace-organization-approaches, he had unique opportunities to think out of the box and to bring outside in.
He is driven by a strong focus on “sustainable” improvement, both on business results AND quality of work. The approach of him and his team is: “Sustainable and fundamental improvement by creating a work environment where every employee can develop his/her entrepreneurship, creativity and passion, using new and innovative ways of working as a “strategic enabler” not as an “objective”.