More than buzzwords
Here’s what’s buzzing at QVARTZ
(n.) Organisms that are attracted or adapted to large amounts of sunshine. Whatever your summer has in hold – adventures in nature, inspiration from big cities or relaxation on a sunny beach – we wish you a great holiday. At QVARTZ, we’re set to (almost) pull the plugs for a few weeks and go follow the sunlight.
“Every year, I travel to a secret destination together with a group of friends. This spring, the destination turned out to be the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the abandoned city of Pripyat. It was quite an experience to explore the ghost town, which before the accident had a population of about 50,000 people”. Lars Johansson, Consultant at QVARTZ’ Stockholm office does not shy away from new experiences. A year ago, he joined QVARTZ from another consultancy due to a desire to combine problem solving and high-end strategy projects with a great company culture and vision. Read more about our Dogbiter Lars here.
Today, the QVARTZbulance and its awesome two-man crew consisting of Christian Østerbye and Rolf Andersen have commenced their 15,000-kilometer drive towards Mongolia. As participants in the Mongolia Charity Rally, Christian and Rolf will drive over mountains, across deserts, through rivers and around pot-holes to the rugged expanses of the ancient Mongol empire.
Our latest Digital Transformation Report, developed in collaboration with Microsoft, offers a thorough understanding of the what, why and how of digital transformation among some of the major players in the Swedish market. SAS, SEB, Telia, PostNord, Vattenfall, Electrolux and 14 other large Swedish companies explain how they use digital transformation to address the challenges they face in a variety of areas. Read the report here.
Our backstage area at this year’s Roskilde Festival, The Secret Garden, was booming with great food, colourful drinks – and the best guest we could ever wish for. Together, we created memories that will last all the way until next summer. Have a sneak peek of our Roskilde experience in the video.
Across the world, executives are focusing relentlessly on the use of digital technology to improve the performance and reach of their enterprises. Together with Microsoft, QVARTZ has interviewed corporate executives from the largest Scandinavian companies in order to understand how they envision digital transformation from a strategic perspective. Tap into the results and read the entire Digital Transformation Report 2017 here.
Each year, QVARTZ offers a 12-month mentoring programme to master’s students who are looking for some guidance on which career dreams to pursue and how to achieve them – whether in management consulting or elsewhere. The 20 students are each assigned a personal QVARTZ mentor who supports and challenges them and helps them make well-informed decisions about their future careers. Last week, it was time for the latest round of mentors and mentees to part – and what better way to say goodbye than over great food and wine. We wish all mentees the best of luck with your future careers and look forward to welcoming new mentees in the autumn.
Roskilde 2017 is alive and kicking, and true to tradition, two iconic QVARTZ sites are firing on all cylinders. 220+ close relations will bob up our Roskilde backstage venue – with a cool lounge area and delicious food and drinks. At the QVARTZ tent camp, a fair share of our younger colleagues are enjoying the music and that special Roskilde vibe… completely invisible, yet completely evident. Keep on rockin’.
Two of our long-lost heroes, Kennet Hammerby and Mattias Karlsson, are returning to our civilisation – Kennet as Partner at Vertical Strategy (Aug. 1) and Mattias as Engagement Partner at QVARTZ. “Kennet possesses true authenticity and depth, and I’m sure he will prove to be an extremely strong addition to the tribe”, says Hans Henrik Beck, Managing Partner at QVARTZ. Rune Wichmann, Office Manager in Sweden, says about Mattias: “He’s been an important part in building the Stockholm office into the stronghold it is today. Not only is Mattias a lot of fun, but he’s also an amazing colleague”.
OverOslo is a music festival quite out of the ordinary. Situated on Grefsenkollen, 370 metres above sea level, the festival offers a spectacular view of Oslo below, the sky above and the vibrant stage in between. This summer, we started a new tradition by inviting a bunch of close relations to join us at OverOslo for a memorable night. Our VIP bar was stacked with great food and cold drinks, and together, we enjoyed the tunes of Aurora, Highasakite and Kristian Kristensen, among others. We couldn’t think of a better way to start a new tradition.
Last week, QVARTZ consultants with backgrounds from Argentina, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia/UK and the Netherlands spent two days together in Oslo. The motivation behind the get-together was to close ties across the offices and discuss how to contribute to increased diversity in QVARTZ. In the evening, Partner Maria Souto invited the bunch to her house for wine, tapas and good conversations.
This Saturday, Senior Consultant Klaudia Gram celebrated her 30:th birthday with pomp and show. The day before, QVARTZ’ Copenhagen office celebrated Klaudia with a huge cake, which beautifully (and deliciously) illustrated Klaudia’s extensive followership in the QVARTZ civilisation. After joining the company in 2014, Klaudia has shown again and again that she is an excellent strategist with a big heart and buckets of energy. We are grateful to call Klaudia our colleague, and wish her the best start of her new decade. Congratulations!
A case competition is a great opportunity for students to try out what problem solving is all about. When the case competition is even among the best in the world, it is also a unique opportunity to be inspired and learn from the best talent around. We are therefore equal parts proud and excited to announce QVARTZ as Consulting Partner at CBS Case Competition (CCC) 2018.
Some things are not to be meddled with. One of them is the tradition of the annual summer BBQ in Oslo where we invite students to celebrate the end of exams and the beginning of summer. This year was no exception and last night, 100 students dropped by our office for informal chats with our consultants, accompanied by home-grilled burgers, sizzling summer drinks and cool tunes. It was, as always, a pleasure. We wish you all a great summer.