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
“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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda – a truly global adventurer of ours – has on her own initiative shared her experiences and thoughts on working as a management consultant while expecting her first child and moving cities.
Presenting a message in a convincing way is an extremely powerful skill, but also one that requires some practice. Last Friday, 25 students from the Finance and Consulting Club Aarhus (FACCA) stopped by our Copenhagen office to get a crash course in presentation skills.
“In many ways, QVARTZ is the same company today as when I joined 10 years back; our values, the entrepreneurial spirit, a desire to challenge how we work, but not who we are – and so on. Still, it is a completely different company! Both because we have grown tremendously – but also because my personal life has changed significantly, and my job here has continuously adapted to this”.
They say that in consulting, no two days are alike. Yesterday certainly offered a range of new perspectives for QVARTZ junior consultant Jens Dueholm as he got to spend a full day in the shoes of CEO at DT Group, Søren P. Olesen. Jens is one of six graduate students who after a rigorous recruitment process have been selected to participate in CEO x 1 Day, a programme launched by executive search company Odgers Berndtson, matching the most promising future talent with some of the country’s leading CEOs.
One of QVARTZ’ key values is flexibility, and our energetic JC community explored this value in a somewhat unconventional setting last week. At Copenhagen Boulders, a climbing gym where you climb smaller routes (called “problems” in bouldering terms) without any robes or safety equipment, the JCs had their flexibility tested. The group managed to solve several problems of different difficulty levels without any injuries, except sore muscles and some ripped of skin at their fingertips. All in all, it was a great experience!
We are happy and proud to welcome Christoffer Husted Rasmussen as a new partner in Copenhagen. Christoffer says: "To me, QVARTZ is a young, agile and entrepreneurial company with a hunger for growth. But it is also a caring, inspiring and people-centric company....
“Working in teams with so many talented colleagues with different backgrounds who make you see things from different perspectives is one of the things I find great about working at QVARTZ”. In a video made by Altandetlige.dk, QVARTZ consultant Morten Buur talks about what it is like to work as a management consultant in a Nordic consulting company when you have a background in economics.