Digital Transformation In Manufacturing

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Navigating Digital Transformation in Manufacturing


Why a Career and Talent Management Partner is a Critical Resource to Develop Your Digital Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturing is experiencing the greatest evolution since the first major automation shift — digital transformation during the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the “Digital Manufacturing Age”. This evolution will impact manufacturing organizations at all levels, especially with changes to roles and skills, how work is organized, and in both how and what leaders lead.

As productivity has flat-lined over the past few years, digital manufacturing transformation is the next horizon to achieve improved time to market and radically increased productivity, gain the ability to offer truly innovative products, continuous improvement in waste reduction and efficiency gains and an enhanced competitive position. Yet many organizations are not prepared to move successfully through this digital shift.

At Right Management, we recognize the unique challenges facing organizations in the manufacturing sector, and can help them navigate to and through digital transformation regardless of their current position along the Digital Journey.


The Digital Workforce Succession in Manufacturing: Digital Manufacturing & Design Job Roles Taxonomy

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) worked with Right Management and ManpowerGroup to define emerging roles and skills organizations will need to understand and embrace in order to successfully navigate to and through digital transformation. This important and groundbreaking report is an essential starting point for a better definition of who and what digital manufacturing and design workers and work are and will contribute. The future of manufacturing work has been mapped to roles and knowledge areas across the digital manufacturing enterprise, which will serve as a primer for business, academia, and workforce development as they move to and through their digital transformation.

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On this site you will find:


  • Research and Expertise: Access our knowledge of digital transformation in the manufacturing sector, the future needs for talent in the Digital Manufacturing Age and our research on the Digital Leader and the roles and skills of the Manufacturing 4.0 Talent Ecosystem

  • Unique Solutions: Only Right Management brings leadership development and coaching solutions developed specifically for the needs of the digital leader as manufacturing organizations moving to and through digital transformation

  • Stay Informed: Learn how to recognize and work through challenges associated with digital transformation through our industry-specific webinars and speaking engagements

Right Management is ready to support your organization’s talent needs at all levels — from individual contributor, to leader and overall change management framework — and help your organization successfully manage to and through digital transformation.


The Digital Manufacturing Age is here. The Manufacturing 4.0 Talent Ecosystem is here. Right Management is the Career and Talent Management partner you need to build a successful workforce of the future.

Right Management and ManpowerGroup have been at the forefront of researching the impact of digital transformation on manufacturing. We have partnered with the Digital Manufacturing & Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII), part of Chicago-based UI-LABS, which was established to pioneer digital technologies in the manufacturing industry and understand their impact on the workforce of the future. We have worked closely with DMDII to define the work of the digital manufacturing enterprise and map the roles, knowledge and skills that will be required by manufacturers to successfully move to and through digital transformation.


81% of survey participants recognize digital is a critical driver of future competitiveness but only 14% of organizations responded as possession high digital capabilities today.


Manufacturing is experiencing the greatest evolution since the first major automation shift — digital transformation during the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the "Digital Manufacturing Age". This evolution will impact manufacturing organizations at all levels, especially with changes to roles and skills, how work is organized, and in both how and what leaders lead.


As productivity has flat-lined over the past few years, digital manufacturing transformation is the next horizon to achieve improved time to market and radically increased productivity, gain the ability to offer truly innovative products, continuous improvement in waste reduction and efficiency gains and an enhanced competitive position. Yet many organizations are not prepared to move successfully through this digital shift.


At Right Management, we recognize the unique challenges facing organizations in the manufacturing sector, and can help them navigate to and through digital transformation regardless of their current position along the Digital Journey.



Digital Transformation in Manufacturing: Now and Future Leadership - Leading To and Through Digital Transformation


This article, authored by Lory Antonucci, M.Ed., GPHR, Senior Talent Management Consultant for Right Management, addresses the role of the Digital Leader in moving organizations to and through digital transformation. Learn about the “5 Key Lenses” required for digital leaders to be successful and how to properly assess your current leaders and hi-potentials now and in the future..


What’s the Secret to Manufacturing 4.0?


Authored by Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., CEO of UI Labs and Rebekah Kowalski of Right Management, this article appeared in the April 2017 issue of the Manufacturing Leadership Journal. In it, the authors explore the work between DMDII and Right Management & ManpowerGroup to identify the 165 roles that will be critical to the success of digital manufacturing enterprises.


HR in Manufacturing: A Digital Transformation


In this article from the Spring 2017 issue of The Illinois Manufacturer magazine, researchers from the University at Buffalo discuss implications of Industry 4.0 for manufacturers and highlight the project with DMDII and Right Management to define the roles and associated skills that are integral to Industry 4.0.

Career and Talent Solutions to Move your Organization To and Through Digital Transformation


The impact of the digital age on the manufacturing industry is offering unprecedented opportunity — and challenges — to organizations. Navigating the change to and through digital transformation requires a talent and career management resource with expertise in the roles and skills of the workforce of the future.


Defining the future of digital manufacturing work includes a focus on leadership and enterprise management. Those who are charged with leading in the digital era, the Digital Leader, will need to amplify certain skill sets, mind-sets, behaviors, perspectives and practices.


Right Management’s Digital Manufacturing solutions provide organizations with an efficient and effective way to find, develop and coach the leaders that will help them successfully transition to and through digital transformation. Rooted in our P3: People, Purpose, Performance model and combined with our research on the roles of the future in manufacturing, our programs are targeted and easy to deploy regardless of the size of your organization or position along the Digital Journey.


Talent Assessment - Identifying the Right Digital Leader


Organizations get ahead by identifying high performing talent who reflect specific skills and personality traits that can be cultivated through talent and leadership development solutions designed for the digital evolution.


Our Leader Assessment Program Options include SecondOpinion™ from Right Management. This program offers the chance for an objective evaluation of individuals being considered for employment with your organization or promotion within your organization, providing support for hiring teams and ensuring that you are selecting the right leaders to move your organization through digital transformation. Enhancement options, such as a 360-Degree Feedback Report are available to address the unique needs of your business.


Developing Digital Leaders Successfully


For an organization to successfully navigate to and through digital transformation requires an understanding of the Digital Leader and the skill sets, mind-sets, behaviors, perspectives and practices needed to lead a digital enterprise.


Right Management’s Leadership Development Skills Suite (LDSS) is a re-imagined approach to developing future leaders, built around an understanding of the Modern Learner combined with the needs of the Digital Leader. LDSS utilizes experiential learning and learning reinforcement technology to address the uniqueness of learning styles, drive individual performance and ultimately lead to improved business outcomes for the organization in this rapidly evolving industry.


These LDSS learning modules can be easily scaled to any organization, regardless of size, geographic location or stage in the digital evolution.


Digital Leader Transformation Programs


With decades of leading the talent management and leadership development industry, Right Management’s experience and extensive research have to identify the key components critical to organizational success in the digital era.


Two impactful options are now available - Digital Leader Workshop and Digital Leader Transformation - to help selected leaders develop the skills they will need to successfully lead your organization through the complex challenges of digital transformation.


Accelerate Effectiveness of Digital Leaders through Leader Coaching


Right Management understands the needs around coaching Digital Leaders to accelerate their impact to the organization. By focusing on the coachable areas critical to success, our proven Digital Leadership Coaching solutions are the only ones to provide manufacturers with a systematic way to build a solid foundation of skills, competencies, behaviors and confidence, enabling leaders to guide their organizations to and through digital transformation.


These pre-selected program options allow for easy deployment within your organization, accelerating the time to completion and impact in driving performance through improved leadership capabilities.

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Manufacturing Industry Speaking Engagements


Right Management has partnered with leading manufacturing organizations and associations to help build awareness of digital transformation and help organizations better understand how to find and develop talent for successful navigation in the Digital Age.


Contact us if you would like one of our Digital Manufacturing experts to speak at your organization or next association event.



ASQ Executive Roundtable
May 1, 2017
Milwaukee, WI
Rebekah Kowalski, Right Management, VP of Sales Enablement and Workforce Strategy Practice spoke about future roles and skills needed for digital transformation in manufacturing.


The Manufacturing Institute
July 11, 2017
Washington, D.C.
Rebekah Kowalski, Right Management, VP of Sales Enablement and Workforce Strategy Practice and Mike Fornasiero, DMDII, Program Manager, Workforce Development and SMM Engagement, DMDII presented The Digital Workforce Succession in Manufacturing at the National Association of Manufacturer’s Workforce 4.0, an event focusing on skills of the future.


OnRamp Manufacturing Conference
September 5, 2017
Milwaukee, WI
Rebekah Kowalski of Right Management and Chris Layden of ManpowerGroup presented the keynote at the VIP Pre-Conference dinner on what organizations will need in their leadership and workforce to successfully navigate to and through digital transformation.


Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
September 13, 2017
Milwaukee, WI
Lory Antonucci, Sr. Consultant of Talent Management , leads a webinar for WMC members on The Future of the Manufacturing Workforce and How Wisconsin Can Win


HCI Learning and Leadership Development 2017 Conference
September 20, 2017
Chicago, IL
Rob Kjar and Lory Antonucci from Right Management and Mike Fornasiero from DMDII presented "Are You Ready for the Next Revolution? Implications of Digitization on Workforces and Leadership"

About our Digital Manufacturing Experts


Lory Antonucci M.Ed., GPHR, Senior Talent Management Consultant for Right Management, is an organizational effectiveness facilitator and consultant to management. She combines a broad range of her own leadership experience with deep capabilities in organizational analysis, change management, human performance systems and business improvement methods. Her work range includes organizations, leaders and professionals in functions from the ‘C’ suite to Sales, Product Development, Operations, Manufacturing, IT, HR, Finance, and Professional Services across industries.


Prior to joining Right Management, Lory led organizational effectiveness and performance consulting related advisory practices and/or served in senior practitioner roles in organizations including Clear Picture, PDI, Convergys, Deloitte and EDS (now Hewlett Packard).


Lory serves on the Board of Directors of the Joyce Ivy Foundation, the largest provider of scholarships for academically talented, high school age young women, expanding their college aspirations and developing their leadership skills via summer programs at some of the most rigorous universities in the US.


Rebekah Kowalski leads Right Management North America’s Workforce Strategy and Solution Integration Team. The team is responsible for integration of our cross-brand, global solutions designed to help our clients through organizational transformation. Leading up to her current role, Rebekah oversaw the continuous innovation and expansion of Right Management’s Strategic Workforce Consulting Practice worldwide. Rebekah was the primary architect of ManpowerGroup’s proprietary workforce supply and demand forecasting solution and consulting process. She also pioneered the workforce strategy approach for our government clients to help them align their employment ecosystems with their long-term talent forecast.


Prior to joining Right Management, Rebekah spent nine years at the helm of Manpower’s US and Global Solutions units and led the teams responsible for working with ManpowerGroup’s most strategically significant global clients to architect innovative global workforce strategy and delivery models that enabled them to optimize cost and flexibility while preparing for emerging needs. Rebekah serves on the Board of the Wisconsin Education Business Roundtable, the Executive Committee of Competitive Wisconsin, and is a member of the UW System Business Council.


About Right Management


Right Management is the global career and talent development expert within ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN). We help manufacturing organizations become more agile, attractive and innovative by creating a culture of leadership development and that nurtures future talent, motivates and engages people. We’ve spent the last 35+ years identifying workforce challenges and developing innovative solutions, enabling our globally informed methods to be time-tested across more than 50 countries. Right Management’s expertise in the area of digital transformation and the digital leader is informed by our workforce solutions efforts in manufacturing and other sectors and our research on the Human Age™, macroeconomic forces, leader assessment and development and the shift of client organizations to digital enterprise.


Please contact us with any questions and to learn how our expertise and solutions can help you align your business strategy with your talent strategy to successfully navigate to and through digital transformation.


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