Over are the days when it was easy to recognize current and predict future challenges correctly, and having plenty of time to analyze them thoroughly, subsequently evaluating the options space well and implementing suitable solutions. Today companies are often confronted with a multitude of interdependent developments that are also more difficult to interpret. While an answer to a recent development is being found, the basic assumptions can develop so dynamically that solutions quickly become obsolete or lose their effect. Times have undoubtedly become more complex and dynamic. In addition, when it comes to complexity, there is often a feeling of being overwhelmed. Managers are held responsible for results without always being able to really think through and control all critical factors in their thoughts. Then complexity becomes a popular excuse when plans cannot be implemented as intended and success is delayed. We believe, however, that this is not a fatalistic situation. In numerous projects and seminars we have been able to convince ourselves that complexity can be a curse but also a blessing at the same time; if it is understood holistically and used skillfully.
To cope with the multitude of interdependent developments, a comprehensive and holistic approach to Complexity Management is required. This approach needs to address all three complexity drivers mentioned above. Without a defined direction and a goal to be achieved, any course taken cannot be optimal. From our experience, in particular the following success factors contribute significantly to the quality of the result:
For more than 30 years we have been acting as market leaders for design and implementation of holistic Complexity Management. By defining the right product range, structures, processes, resources and network, we ensure optimal variance and flexibility with minimized complexity and smooth processes. In our projects we combine comprehensive industry knowledge with sound methodological know-how in order to overcome the challenges of complexity together with our customers. Thoroughly managed, complexity is a considerable lever to increase EBIT margin, innovative strength and sales as well as to reduce inventories, delivery and production costs.
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