More than buzzwords

Here’s what’s  buzzing at QVARTZ



Training day

This week, the Aarhus Case Competition 2017 takes place at Aarhus University. For a full week, talented business students from leading Nordic universities will work hard to solve no less than three different real-life cases: two introductory cases and one extensive 30-hour case for DONG. For the sixth consecutive year, QVARTZ has proudly teamed up with Aarhus Case Competition, and yesterday, we kicked off the week with an intensive three-hour training workshop for all the competing teams

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.

Teaming up with Microsoft

“86% of CEOs believe that technology will transform their business more than any other global trend. In order for companies to succeed on the digital journey, they need to have the right tools and focus”. Partner Jens Friis Hjortegaard from QVARTZ’ digitalisation team spoke at the Executive Leadership Conference in Copenhagen yesterday, explaining how QVARTZ’ partnership with Microsoft helps companies succeed on their digital journey. Through the partnership, we help companies articulate their digital strategies and ambitions, making their digital transformation journey tangible – and ultimately empowering them to succeed. That’s one powerful cocktail.

From problem solving to storytelling

Problem solving. Storytelling. Presentation skills. Logical reasoning and thinking. These are all crucial skills – not only in consulting, but in many other industries as well. Yesterday, 50 students from CBS Career Academy tested their skills within the four disciplines when QVARTZ co-hosted a workshop on consulting skills together with McKinsey & Co., Bain and A. T. Kearney

A blend of personalities

Understanding different personality types helps you strengthen team relationships, increase team performance and get your own work done more effectively. Last week, we visited the NHHS Case Club at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen to share and discuss tools for personal development and teamwork, which the students can use when preparing for national and international case competitions.

People with impact

What do anthropology, sociology and psychology have in common with management consulting? Quite a lot, actually. Because successful problem solving is more than just hard numbers and complicated analyses. It is also about people. Understanding different mindsets, behaviours, emotions and cultures. Being able to communicate effectively and build lasting relations. That is probably why the 30 psychology, anthropology and sociology students who visited our Copenhagen office last night displayed some quite impressive problem solving skills.

QVARTZ DOGBITERS: Rikke is a number-juggling polyglot

“My best moment in QVARTZ was back in 2010 when our two consulting companies merged into one small Nordic giant. That was a super exciting process to be part of”. To Rikke Hansen of QVARTZ’ Finance team, the fusion meant double up of everything; colleagues, office space, invoices, budgets – and fun times. “Some people think that Finance people are boring people. In fact, we’re a lot of fun”, laughs Rikke, whose skill set is as multifaceted as she is.

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.

Detecting blind spots

Two 45 kg tanks of oxygen. A stellar map. Parachute silk to protect you from the sun’s rays. What would you bring on a Moon survival expedition? This was one of several mind-boggling questions answered by 25 students from Copenhagen Economics and Finance Association who visited our Copenhagen office last night. The theme of the evening was the fine art of decision-making.

The business of tomorrow

As part of the course “Business Creation” at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 30 bright engineering students were challenged to come up with a business case based on the global megatrends that will shape society in the future. Last Friday, the students visited our Stockholm office to present their business proposals to a jury of QVARTZ consultants.

So long, snail mail

The opportunities of the digital age go hand in hand with its threats. Numerous renowned corporations have missed their opportunities and seen the core of their business become irrelevant before their very eyes. 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. Read the case and watch the video to hear Annemarie Gardshol, CEO of PostNord Strålfors, explain how a company that is part of an 800-year heritage has change embedded in its DNA.

When heritage meets performance culture

Danish Crown is one of the backbones of the Danish farming economy. The cooperatively owned company is owned by 7,600 pig and cattle farmers spread across Denmark, and has an annual revenue of EUR 7.8 billion. In fact, Danish Crown is responsible for 4% of all foreign currency flowing into Denmark, so you could basically argue that you only need 25 companies like Danish Crown to keep the Danish economy running. However, 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. Learn what Jais Valeur, CEO of Danish Crown, has to say about working in an unusual organisation where people think not in terms of quarters or years, but in generations.

The great sprint of a fitness empire

The fitness trend took off during the mid-90s, and a fitness membership card has since become a fixture in many wallets. The fitness industry seized its golden opportunity and flourished due to the continuously growing demand. SATS ELIXIA is one of the 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. Read the case and watch the video to hear Olav Thorstad, CEO at Health & Fitness Nordic, tell the story of how SATS ELIXIA is in the midst of their greatest sprint yet.

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?” The 70-year-old organisation also turned an eye to large international companies such as GE, Apple and Google to gather a trick or two from how they use digital technology. Hear Marianne K. Knudsen, Senior Director, Head of Digital Commercial Offerings in Grundfos, explain why the time has come for the world’s largest pump manufacturer to start thinking beyond the pump.