The QVARTZ Annual 2017 brings you stories from inspirational companies, intriguing organisations, new offices and cool people around the world. The stories combine numbers and letters. Quantity and quality. Results and relations. Capitalism and humanism. They tell you how we combine our beliefs, goals and skill sets with those that are different from ours. Have a look.

The QVARTZ Annual 2017

A bigger piece of that pie, please

Until quite recently, there seemed to be only one way of staying on top in Germany’s huge insurance market. The pie had already been sliced, and everyone stuck to business as usual. But then ERGO Direkt, owned by one of the country’s biggest insurance groups, decided it was time to wake up an entire industry in deep sleep.

When a banker lends you an umbrella

New financial institutions are popping up on every corner of the Internet. Fintech firms are offering new ways to provide money transfers and online credits. No doubt, the competitive landscape of the money world can bring sweat to the foreheads of any traditional banker. Meet Danske Bank, a Nordic-born banking giant that is navigating a stormy sea.

If it looks really challenging, it's perfect

When the financial crisis hit global markets in 2008, few would have expected to benefit from it. But for the investment-hungry fund managers at Nordic Capital, the new and disruptive environment turned out to be an eye-opener. Soon, they discovered a new favourite beat: the financial services industry.

Where the oxygen comes in

The airline industry is fiercely aggressive and pushes for faster, more flexible and better solutions all the time. For SAS’ +10,000 employees, change is a constant and no one must lean back and revel in the moment for very long. However, no company can survive on efficiency and cost-out programmes alone, and SAS is faced with the delicate task of harnessing energy and pride while constantly pushing for change.

Here’s what’s buzzing at QVARTZ

Mysterious escapes in Bergen

Last Tuesday brought us to beautiful Bergen, where we started the day at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Later on, we took a more creative approach to problem solving by challenging a group of students in a mysterious escape room.

Sara and Joen on (the) board

A big congrats to Partner Sara Laurell and Engagement Partner Joen Averstad from our Stockholm office who can both add yet another board position to their resumes.

A well-versed jubilarian

A full decade has passed since Andreas Gebhardt joined BÜLOW & QVARTZ in Hamburg, and his list of accomplishment is long.

Intimate session on talent management

Last week, QVARTZ Partner Jens Friis Hjortegaard and Associate Digital Advisor Tim Bruun Madsen were invited to a management seminar at the global biopharmaceutical company MSD in Denmark to give an inspirational session on talent management lifecycle as displayed.

The life of a Junior Consultant

Yesterday, they invited 22 sharp students to our Copenhagen office to learn more about what JCs do in QVARTZ – from the tightknit community to working side by side with full-time consultants on real-life projects and balancing it all with study life.

Friends from the past

Our Oslo office was buzzing with good vibes last Thursday as we opened our doors to QVARTZ alumni from near and far.

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.