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Strategy

Every organisation that has secured its survival over a certain period of time in a given market has a strategy. It has perhaps not been explicitly defined and formulated but can be seen in practice, in the characteristic way the organisations act, in its various basic convictions and conceptions.

The (formulated) strategy embodies the firm’s or the organisational unit’s actions and behaviour through which it ensures its survival and expansion within its surroundings. It demonstrates how its «acquis» is maintained and where new achievements need to be made or developed.

The strategy should provide a binding direction for the actions of those responsible as well as for all other parties involved. It should indicate the level of quality to be attained as well as how to deal with clients, suppliers, service providers and staff.

We provide companies and organisations with support in implementing the strategy they have chosen.

We take on the following tasks on behalf of our clients:

  • advice on drawing up and implementing strategic development processes,
  • support for devising organisational and environmental analyses,
  • running strategy workshops,
  • monitoring the implementation of a strategy and any resulting tasks.

Andreas Kurt

onion: process & innovation

I originally studied behavioural biology and spent several years observing the hierarchical behaviour of wild chimpanzees in the West African rain forest, which in one way or another proved to be an excellent basis for my later career, for daily management tasks and present-day consultancy activities. Apart from a broad range of insights, I have brought with me an inner peacefulness and the ability to continually see things afresh and to delight in my surroundings.

I help firms, organisations, executive and teams to find solutions in the field of process and innovation management. For me it is important that the solutions that are chosen are in line with the client’s strategy and can be firmly embedded in corporate culture, so that the processes are adopted in full and the innovations develop in a sustainable way.

Professional background

  • Independent consultant since 2004, director of Tarana GmbH, Schönenberg
  • Joined onion: Consultancy Network in 2008
  • Member of the senior executive and Head of Patents and Design at the Federal Institute for Intellectual Property, pioneer of new public management and successful advocate of good governance in the federal administration (1999–2004)
  • Head of Marketing at the Federal Institute for Intellectual Property (1996–1999)
  • Involvement in and manager of various development cooperation projects and in national park management in African countries

Educational background

  • M.Sc. in biology, University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, specialisations: behavioural biology and ecology
  • Courses in industrial economics, political economics and intellectual property rights

Clientèle

  • Public sector and closely linked organisations
  • Innovative companies, in particular in the technical field
  • Associations and societies, in particular in the fields of environment and healthcare
  • Universities, academies and research institutions

Miscellaneous information

  • Member of the Association of Management Consultants Switzerland, asco
  • Projects published in Public Management by Norbert Thom (2008) and Fallbeispiele zur Betriebswirtschaft (Case Studies in Industrial Economics) by Jean-Paul Thommen (2008)