This case highlights the long-term effects of major technological changes on a manufacturing organisation and on the motivation and innovative potential of its employees. The case describes a 'lean' facility, which emphasises Science and Technology-driven (STI) innovations, as opposed to Doing-Using-Interacting (DUI) innovations. The company has had to adapt to the digitalisation revolution that occurred in the manufacturing sector; employee motivation and DUI innovation have suffered as a result. This manufacturing facility has become a lean technocratic, top-down formalised manner, and must learn how to decentralise problem-solving and some decision-making to become an innovative workplace. This can only be achieved by freeing the innovative capacity of its employees.

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Keywords Aerospace manufacture, innovation, lean, digitalisation, employees
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Based on field research; 14 pages.
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Kleinsmith, N, Koene, B.A.S, & Gautie, J. (2018). Planespace: Liberating Employee Innovative Capacity. RSM Case Development Centre. Retrieved from