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

A Norwegian welcome

Lately, an unusually large number of colleagues from other QVARTZ offices have made their way past our Oslo office. Embracing this positive development, our energetic Norwegian colleagues have introduced a new initiative: a tailor-made tour around Oslo.

Consulting with impact

Yesterday, Lisbeth Johansen from the NGO LittleBigHelp presented a pressing business issue to a group of passionate female students at our Copenhagen office.

A new dawn for retailers

In a chronicle in the Norwegian magazine Retail Magasinet, QVARTZ Engagement Partner Gaute Andreassen and Manager Lars Bråd Nielsen address these topical questions.

The good fight

Earlier this month, the Copenhagen edition of the annual QVARTZ Soccer Challenge was played out, and 12 teams of ball-juggling consultants and lawyers were ready to fight for the most important trophy of the year.

Among the top 25 most attractive employers

Each year, Universum Communications conducts surveys among 1,500,000 students and professionals worldwide. The students are asked about their perception of employers and their career expectations to identify the most attractive employers. Today, the Danish edition of this year’s Universum Ideal Employer Ranking was revealed.


The Danish Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing has just published QVARTZ’ report on Mobility-as-a-Service, which examines how modern technology can be used as an enabler for connecting different types of transportation. By integrating e.g. public transport...

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.