Empowering Employees as Leaders
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Leadership Nov 3, 2014

Empow­er­ing Employ­ees as Leaders

A man­u­fac­tur­er suc­ceeds with an employ­ee-cen­tric culture.

Based on insights from

Dylan Minor

Martin Lariviere

Listening: Bringing Employee Leadership to Manufacturing

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Bar­ry-Wehmiller, a pri­vate­ly held man­u­fac­tur­er, is ded­i­cat­ed to build­ing a flex­i­ble, well-trained work­force. It boasts an employ­ee-cen­tric cor­po­rate cul­ture designed to empow­er and inspire its 8000-plus employ­ees. The result­ing pro­duc­tiv­i­ty improve­ments and low­er turnover rates are good for busi­ness — but the focus of the com­pa­ny is as much on its team mem­bers as it is on the bot­tom line.

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In our pod­cast, hear from com­pa­ny lead­ers and employ­ees, as well as fac­ul­ty from the Kel­logg School, to learn more about how this approach has been successful. 

You can also read Kel­logg Insight’s full arti­cle on Bar­ry-Wehmiller and see a slideshow from inside one of its plants here.

Featured Faculty

Dylan Minor

Member of the Department of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences faculty until 2018

Martin Lariviere

Professor of Operations, Division Chair of Operations

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