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Wärtsilä Innovation Culture


Wärtsilä is the global leader when it comes to engines for ships and power plants. They are number one with their 5 billion € net sales (in 2015) and 18,000+ employees.

Tero Hottinen

Director, Digital Ventures @ Wärtsilä

They have achieved their leading position with superb engineering and a global services network. Wärtsilä is proud of the big and efficient diesel engines it builds, and the industrial excellence in its company culture. And why shouldn't it be?

Even for a global industrial leader, the data and software driven world changes very fast. Traditional top-down leadership is too slow to react and too cumbersome to adapt. A hierarchical and pigeon-holed company culture is not creative and smart enough. 

Therefore, it is very interesting to hear how does Wärtsilä react to digitalization. How does a world leading hardware culture see the intangible and rapid software culture?

Together with Wärtsilä, we have planted the seeds for a new kind of company culture. In the core of the culture is people themselves. Because a rigorous top-down management has problems to be adaptive and nimble, we focus on empowering the people. We invest in people's skills, creativity, co-operation, and motivation, so that the people will react, adapt, and create as fast as it is required in the digitalized world of today.

People forge ideas into new business, and a creative company is an environment for those people to grow and succeed. And with the right tools the people can focus on getting results, react to changes, and be innovative. At Wärtsilä, the tools and methodology is Lean Service Creation.

Hear for yourself what the people of Wärtsilä have to say. Listen to the following six stories how Lean Service Creation has helped them to be themselves, to find their own super powers, and to dig deeper into the customer world.

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