Dirk Lippold

  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Lippold, former Mana­ging Director at EY & Capge­mini Germany, is a lecturer on manage­ment and consul­ting topics at Humboldt Univer­sity Berlin.

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How long have you been part of the consul­ting scene?

I started as a consul­tant and assi­stant to the manage­ment board exactly 40 years ago in 1977 at one of the leading German consul­ting and soft­ware compa­nies.

Why does the topic fasci­nate you?

Only few profes­sions offer such direct insights into the current chal­lenges in the economy and society as well as into trends in manage­ment, tech­no­logy, and orga­ni­sa­tion. Consul­tants see how compa­nies and even entire indu­stries move and change in a short time­frame. To accom­pany this change is the daily busi­ness of a consul­tant. These diverse and chal­len­ging tasks, a good working atmo­s­phere, a high degree of indi­vi­dual respon­si­bi­lity, attrac­tive remu­ne­ra­tion, excel­lent trai­ning oppor­tu­nities and a promi­sing career start explain the fasci­na­tion for the consul­ting profes­sion.

As a connois­seur of the indu­stry – what do you expect to be the major change of the indu­stry within the next 5 years?

Nothing will stay as it once was. Consul­ting is simply a diffe­rent word for “accom­panying change”. Let‘s take the concept of digital trans­for­ma­tion as an example. Consul­tants under­stand that new tech­no­lo­gical possi­bi­li­ties make for disrup­tive busi­ness models or at least oppor­tu­nities for impro­ving their client orga­ni­sa­tions. Moreover, consul­tants help their client compa­nies offer new inno­va­tive solu­tions enabled by digital trans­for­ma­tion. In the sphere of customer rela­tions, this may involve the collec­tion and proces­sing of digital data in order to offer new products and services.

Which will be the buzzword of 2017?

“Disrup­tive busi­ness models”.

Do you some­times miss being a consul­tant?

No, as I am now prepa­ring students on their way into the consul­ting busi­ness with my lectures. It is a plea­sure for me to share my expe­ri­ences with them helping them on their path, which is not an easy but nevertheless an attrac­tive one.

Dirk Lippold

  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Lippold, former Mana­ging Director at EY & Capge­mini Germany, is a lecturer on manage­ment and consul­ting topics at Humboldt Univer­sity Berlin.

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