LES 2015 Americas – Rob van Leen: DSM, A History Of Transformation and New Business Creation

Companies are like “organisms” living in a changing world and the only way to survive and prosper is to continuously adapt oneself to the changing environment. At DSM, some big and significant adaptations have been made, thereby reinventing the company – first from a coal mining company, to a bulk commodity chemicals and polymers company, and more recently towards the Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company that it is today. DSM does this by thoroughly investigating the needs of society and mirroring these in the core (scientific) competencies of the company, and selecting new growth areas that best fit with the company that give the highest chance of success.