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The QVARTZ Annual 2016 aims to inspire.
Follow the link to explore our biggest stories, perspectives and bright glimpses of light from the year gone by. Enjoy.

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Pumping it up for the future

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?”

GRUNDFOS CASE

When heritage meets performance culture

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.

DANISH CROWN CASE

So long, snail mail

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.

POSTNORD STRÅLFORS CASE

The great sprint of a fitness empire

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.

SATS ELIXIA CASE

Here’s what’s buzzing at QVARTZ

Overinvesteres det i norske kraftnett?

Are investments in Norwegian power grids too heavy? Our latest white paper discusses grid investments on the backdrop of future energy landscapes – and how trends within technology, regulations and customer behaviour affect Norwegian grid companies. Read the entire white paper (in Norwegian) here.

Postcard from QVARTZ: Jacob in Esbjerg

Hi everyone! Did you know that the world’s biggest wind turbine is found in Esbjerg, Denmark? Some time ago, my team and I went on a (windy) field trip to the impressive, 200-metre tall wind turbine as part of our six-week strategy project for a large industrial company. The project focused on developing a 2020 strategy and on streamlining the client’s commercial organisation as well as their product portfolio.

Oxford calling

It was with great excitement that 10 QVARTZ partners and consultants set off to the University of Oxford last week to host our first-ever student event on these historic grounds. 60 students with very different backgrounds, ranging from neurobiology and sustainable energy to public policy and management science, joined us in the Oakeshott Room to learn more about why we think Nordic values are meaningful in a global perspective, and how we work to change the management consulting industry from within. It was an extraordinary evening of insightful questions and meaningful conversations in impressive surroundings. Get a sneak peek in the video.

COUNTDOWN

What do whales have to do with cities? Why do cities live forever, while companies don’t? And how do you dodge the statistics by gearing your company up for the digitised era? The QVARTZ Annual will be launched this Thursday, bringing you some of the answers. Stay tuned.

Torsten’s big five-oh

Hip hip hooray! Today, we celebrate the 50:th birthday of QVARTZ Co-founder Torsten Hvidt. Torsten is a true veteran in the field of management consulting, having been in the game for the past 20 years. As the CPO (Chief Philosophy Officer) of QVARTZ, Torsten is a strong believer in capitalistic humanism, and of the strong conviction that in any given situation, people are the core. Torsten’s relentless focus on people has played a significant role in the building of the strong culture that signifies QVARTZ today – internally and externally. Read more here.

Let there be light

Today, one in five Danish children that leaves primary school has not started a secondary education seven years later – most of these kids end up on welfare and often find themselves in deteriorating social circumstances. An expert group formed by the Danish government and closely aided by QVARTZ has conducted an extensive analysis of how to improve this.

What we offer
to our clients

First-tier consulting skills – insight and experience delivered with integrity. Flexible approach – matching team and skill configuration to client needs. People centrism – mobilising client organisations’ energy and capacity.

What we offer
to our people

Leadership through followership – creating opportunities for others as early as possible. Individualised career development – accelerated learning and career ownership. Opportunity to influence – room to create, build and be entrepreneurial.

Care to join our civilisation?

Some speak about people as “diamonds in the rough”, needing polishing to fit in. To us, it’s the opposite. We’re looking for people who have an edge.

A peek inside our civilisation

Generosity and trust constitute the glue of our civilisation, and it’s an amazing source of energy to be surrounded by people who put in more than they take out. Here you can take a peek at some iconic moments from our civilisation.