Once again, Staufen AG is among Germany’s best management consultancies – Lean management experts are increasingly bringing their operational strength to bear on sustainability projects – Hidden Champions 2022

December 16, 2021 | Global news, News Germany

As in previous years, Staufen AG has been awarded the title of Best Lean Management Consultancy in the eighth installment of the prestigious “Hidden Champions” industry study. It also ranks among the top-ranking leaders in the areas of production, R&D, technology management, operational efficiency, Shop Floor Management, global footprint, and Industry 4.0. For the study, the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Management und Beratung (Scientific Society for Management and Consulting), headed by Prof. Dietmar Fink, surveyed more than 1,000 executives from major German companies.

“This award is really special for us”, says Wilhelm Goschy, CEO of Staufen AG. “Because ultimately, you can’t apply for the Hidden Champions. You have to depend on a positive customer rating even for nomination.” The results are impressive: In addition to once again defending its title in the Lean Management segment, Staufen AG is also among the top five addresses in Germany in the specialty area of Engineering & Production (including R&D, operational efficiency, store floor management, global footprint and Industry 4.0).

The oldest seal of quality for consultants in Germany, the “Hidden Champions of the Consulting Market 2022/23”, was issued for the eighth time by Prof. Fink’s team. More than 1,000 executives from major German companies reporting annual sales of at least EUR 500 million – including almost 100 top managers from DAX40 companies – were surveyed from June to October 2021. Only the consulting firms with expertise in at least one consulting area or industry rated higher than that of the three major consulting market leaders are ultimately recognized as hidden champions.

Focusing on Sustainability – Thinking Lean & Green Together Consistently

With its exceptional position in the German consulting market, confirmed once again, Staufen AG is also excellently positioned for the megatopic 2022. “Sustainability requires lean management. Both focus on the conservation of resources” says Staufen CEO Goschy. “For almost 30 years now, combating waste has been ingrained in our DNA. Less scrap, less wear and tear, more efficient manufacturing methods, shorter transport and delivery routes. That’s real sustainability!”

However, just like the second megatopic of digitalization, sustainability can only be successfully implemented if all levels of the company are considered as a whole. This covers everything from structures and processes to management culture and employee qualifications. Staufen CEO Goschy: “This consequential change of mindset and the ongoing claim of improvement are also basic principles of lean management. It goes without saying that lean today also involves the use of digital tools and methods such as process mining.”

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Creating value. Appreciating value. Increasing value.

Inside every company there is an even better one. With this conviction, Staufen AG has been advising and qualifying companies and employees since 1994. The consulting firm offers customers a unique combination of specialist consulting and organizational development. It is only when process excellence and leadership excellence are integrated that a sustainable culture of change can be ensured in the company in the long term. With the right strategies and methods, Staufen AG quickly sets the necessary changes in motion and achieves measurable success. The consulting firm supports managers and employees in demand-oriented roles – consulting, coaching and qualifying – in establishing a performance-promoting and appreciative corporate culture and thus increasing value creation in their company. This is how Staufen AG increases company value of the company.

With 340 employees worldwide, the international Lean Management consultancy serves customers in the competence areas of operational excellence, supply chain network management, organizational development, leadership excellence, digitalization, and Industry 4.0. The Staufen Academy also offers certified, practically oriented and tailored qualifications.

In 2021, Staufen AG was named “Best Consultant” for the eighth time in a row and has now been named Germany’s best Lean Management consultancy according to the “Hidden Champions 2022/23” industry study by the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Management und Beratung (WGMB).

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