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.