concurrent workshops (fringe)
F8 Modifying the Pattern on our
the Formway story
Paul Mather, Director Innovative Manufacturing,
Wellington Institute of Technology
Reflections on a journey to unlock the full potential
of its people in one of New Zealand’s exemplar design
Formway was a company, which grew rapidly during the eight
years Paul worked for it. This was the period in which Formway
became a complex, rapidly changing entity competing in a
global market place.
To take up the opportunities that arose they had to throw
the rulebook out the window just as they were having to put
in place structured systems and processes such as quality,
health & safety and environmental management systems.
This presentation will discuss the tensions and disturbances
created by these conflicting needs.
It will then look at the impact of these tensions and disturbances
on their culture and how they developed a new model for
innovation, and the strategically focused capability development
they were developing to support
Paul believes that their journey will provide you with
challenges to consider as you reflect on the issues surrounding
role of HR as agents
Presentation 70%; Q&A 20%; forum 10%
Paul Mather has a Diploma in Industrial
Design from Wellington Polytechnic and a Post Graduate Diploma
in Business & Administration
from Massey University.
After having finally given into the teaching genes in the
blood and heeding the comments of an early boss & mentor
that “ you will only ever be an average designer, but
will become a very good developer of people “, Paul
took up an opportunity in 1996 to work with Formway Furniture.
Formway is a New Zealand owned, Wellington based designer,
manufacturer and retailer of international award winning
commercial furniture and Paul was part of the team responsible
for the development of the company’s processes and
As Quality Engineer and then Group Development Officer,
Paul took the lead in the creation of an in house strategic
capability development programme.
He has recently moved to the Wellington Institute of Technology
as Director, Innovative Manufacturing to further this work.
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