Over the last few years, the markets have become increasingly unpredictable. Radical innovations, fluctuations in commodity prices, crises, swift technological change and, not least of all, the digital transformation are posing major challenges for companies.
It is precisely in times of heightened change that strategies become even more important. It is crucial to move away from conventional content-based strategies that attempt to predict the future. What is required is flexible strategy processes allowing companies not only to detect change but also to respond swiftly to it. Combined with sophisticated management and control instruments, this allows companies to remain flexible and benefit from the new developments.
With our many years of experience and proven methodology, we are able to develop suitable alternatives and strategies for you. At the same time, we see to it that the strategies are implemented and systematically pursued. To this end, we define the core parameters and identify the areas requiring attention by management.
This produces solutions to maximize your potential and minimize risks in order to secure your competitive position on a long-term basis.
The company’s future stands and falls with its strategy
Companies wishing to assert themselves in today’s competitive situation require an attractive vision and a flexible strategy. A successful past is no guarantee of a successful future. Given the mounting uncertainty and the digital transformation, it is crucial to ask the right questions and to find honest answers. What is particularly required is flexible strategy processes that allow companies not only to detect change but also to respond to it swiftly.
We can support you in all questions relating to strategy development including strategic planning. We define strategic business units, perform strength and weakness analyses and identify potential opportunities and risks. In consultation with you, we determine your competitive position and the main determinants of success as a basis for developing suitable options.
Sitting down with you, we assess the options to define and agree on a clear strategy. The underlying purpose is to achieve a sustainable improvement in the company’s competitive position to secure its future viability.
With our extensive and varied experience in the area of strategy combined with our pronounced analytical and problem-solving skills, we are a strong partner able to help you a future-proof strategy.
With markets becoming increasingly dynamic, the underlying conditions of individual business segments are changing at an ever greater pace. Product life cycles are becoming shorter and shorter, while the digital transformation is triggering fundamental change impacting all aspects of business models.
This means that business segments must be scrutinized more closely for their future viability.
If companies are to assert themselves in the market on a sustained basis they must review the future viability of their business segments in regular intervals. By adjusting business segments and optimizing business models, it is possible to limit the immense risks and, more particularly, to harness the opportunities that they harbor.
Our focus is not on the current competitive position but on future development: what are the main determinants for success in the market in the future? Looking forward, are the core skills that I currently have sufficient to address changing customer requirements? What impact is this likely to have on the value chain? What new business ideas can be generated?
We assess your business segments and verify the plausibility of your business model in the light of its future viability. With our cross-sector experience and standardized methodology, we are able to identify the aspects requiring adjustment and opportunities so that you can maintain and expand your competitive position in the future.
Corporate success hinges decisively on leadership skills.
New and flexible strategies call for a new approach. Leadership management must also be adjusted in the light of the new requirements to ensure successful implementation of the strategy. This concerns leadership skills and structure as well as the leadership and management instruments that are used.
Do we still have the right leadership for our strategy?
Using the strategy as a basis, we define the requirements for leadership management and help you and your management team to improve and develop leadership skills. We devise proposals for a suitably efficient management structure and identify the management positions that should be expanded or for which external candidates should be recruited. With the expansion of leadership and management instruments that are aligned more closely to future orientation and risk management, it is possible to create the basis for enduring success.
Controlling and reporting are more than just supervision
A properly functioning controlling and reporting system can help a company to secure and increase its success on a sustained basis and to identify the options available to it in the event of a crisis on which it has no influence.
Controlling is generally defined as cross-disciplinary planning, management, supervision and reporting of business processes. In addition, a distinction is drawn between fairly short-term operational controlling and the more long-term strategic controlling.
At the same time, the goals and range of services can be quite diverse depending on the individual requirements.
We can help you to establish and expand controlling and reporting structures to optimize the planning and management of your company's success. This takes account of individual sector requirements as well as questions relating to the scope needed by your company.
Using risk management to avert future crises and to act on opportunities
The economy is characterized by mounting momentum and many uncertainties. Companies are operating in an increasingly complex environment exposing them to many significant risks. Early detection of risks and professional risk management are increasingly becoming a decisive determinant of success for many companies.
Active and professional risk management creates possibilities for your company to address new risks flexibly and with minimum delay. Risk management covers all business processes, structures and systems.
It is crucial for risk management to be supported by the company’s management. It must be firmly entrenched in employees’ awareness and calls for open communications on all levels. Addressing risks should not be misconstrued as criticism.
Are you aware of your risks?
Do you take them seriously?
Only by knowing your risks can you take appropriate measures to mitigate them. It is crucial to identify and assess the relevant risks. As it is not possible to manage all risks, a company must focus on the main ones to which it is exposed. Compared with the past, the digital transformation in particular is leading to many new aspects and risks. Business models are being questioned, for example, or IT and data security is playing a core role. Internal implementation aspects such a post-merger integration or the roll-out of a new IT system are increasingly also growing in importance.
We can assist you with our standardized approach covering risk analysis as well as the implementation of a risk management system. We are aware of the pitfalls in the execution of projects as well as the structures and processes within companies. We are able not only to analyze risks but also to evaluate and quantify them. With our support, you can address the growing requirements arising in this area and secure your company’s success.
Our risk management concepts aim to derive the necessary information directly from operating processes as far as possible. Reporting provides all the information that management needs to steer the company reliably and to meet external disclosure requirements.