QVARTZ goes VERTICAL
Adding a new CORE COMPETENCE as well as offices in NEW YORK and HAMBURG
QVARTZ acquires a majority stake in Vertical Strategy, an innovative consultancy specialised in creating new (digital) business models, incubation and customer experiences. In addition, we have established an office in New York City and are in the final stages of a merger with a strategy consulting firm in Germany.
When Grundfos embarked on their digital transformation journey, it was like looking at a blank piece of paper; everything was possible. The management interviewed 30 thought leaders around the world; everyone from Grundfos’ distributors to professors to consultants to writers to start-up companies, and asked them: “What do you think can disrupt our industry and our company?”
Not too long ago, Danish Crown was through what can be defined as a near-death experience. During a decade, the company was increasingly challenged on competitiveness and was consequently forced to terminate 7,000 Danish workplaces. Join Jais Valeur, CEO of Danish Crown, looking back at his first 365 days in the drivers seat.
The ones adapting are the ones surviving. But how do you remain adaptive, not only through the digital upheaval we are living in now, but also in the coming eras? To the customer communication management company PostNord Strålfors, this has certainly been a relevant question to consider. Annemarie Gardshol, CEO of PostNord Strålfors, explains how a company that is part of an 800-year heritage has change embedded in its DNA.
SATS ELIXIA is one of the fitness industry’s greatest success stories, having grown into Scandinavia’s largest chain of fitness centres. However, with time, harsh competition from low-price players and niche clubs squeezed SATS ELIXIA into an unfortunate, middle-market position, ultimately forcing the chain to redefine their entire value proposition.
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It turned out to be yet a truly iconic QVARTZ Soccer Challenge in Copenhagen. Today, 12 teams went head to head at the soccer field. A big thanks to all of those who joined us. And congratulations to BCG who took home the trophy. See you all next year!
National glory and honour were at stake last Friday when 44 Industrial Engineering and Management students competed in the finals of the prestigious I-Case Challenge – a national case competition for the five biggest technical universities in Sweden. At the impressive campus of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, six QVARTZ consultants spent the day judging the teams’ very well-prepared and convincing presentations. Back at our office in Birger Jarlsgatan, the winning team of each class was celebrated with refreshing bubbles before we all headed out for dinner in central Stockholm. A big congrats to team KTH who won the whole shebang along the bragging rights until next year’s I-Case Challenge.
10 QVARTZ colleagues and 4 spouses spent a couple of relaxing days in the Jotunheimen mountains in Norway. The weather conditions were perfect, with no wind but plenty of sun. When not hitting the slopes, the QVARTZ bunch climbed three different mountain tops and enjoyed some well-deserved drinks in the afternoon sun. Have a sneak peek in the video.
Across industries, there is a clear correlation between market share and profitability, meaning that it is better for companies to build a few very strong positions rather than many semi-strong positions. However, striking the right balance between not throwing good money after bad investments and at the same time keeping your people motivated to constantly push new ideas is no easy task. Read QVARTZ’ latest knowledge piece on portfolio management here.
We don’t mind a burst of colour once in a while. This weekend, a bunch of cheerful QVARTZ colleagues participated in The Color Run in Copenhagen, looking more like unicorns than ever when reaching the finish line. Safe to say, they had a blast.
37 energetic people from our offices in Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen spent an epic four days together in Peniche, Portugal, breaking the waves and practicing their board skills. Besides daily surf lessons, there was also plenty of time for BBQs, the annual volleyball tournament, a much-appreciated music quiz and plenty of socialising and kicking back. Check out the video for more.
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