The 8th Steinbeis Consultant Forum

Management consultant forum

The 8th Steinbeis Consultant Forum took place on Nov 11, 2010. A large number of Steinbeis consultants attended. The theme this time was “Web 2.0 and Social Media,” with some fascinating talks by university professors and consultants from business.

The Consultant Forum is an ideal opportunity to learn more about current issues and trends, and compare notes with experts and contemporaries. The closing get-together also offers lively conversation and a chance to forge and hone contacts.

The next Steinbeis Consultant Forum is on March 24, 2011 at 4pm in Stuttgart’s “Haus der Wirtschaft”.

Steinbeis Beratungszentren GmbH given business challenge

Technologie-Förderungs-Unternehmen GmbH

The stakeholders of Technologie-Förderungs-Unternehmen GmbH (TFU) have given Steinbeis project manager Ulrike Hudelmaier an interesting business assignment.“Every partner company should be able to find an open door at any time for suggestions or problems,” says Hudelmaier.

TFU currently offers premises and support to a number of highly innovative new companies, with an estimated 200 employees spread across four sites. A good 90 per cent of start-ups at TFU make it through the first five years of business. This compares to only a 60 per cent survival rate in the free economy. So far, the start-up and technology center, which is based in the Ulm area, has helped 260 firms get off the ground.

The six TFU stakeholders are the cities of Ulm and Neu-Ulm, the districts of Alb-Donau and Neu-Ulm, the Ulm chamber of commerce and Ulm University.

Innovation advice - quick and simple

The go-inno funding program

go-inno is a new Germany-wide project backed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Aimed at promoting innovation management at small companies, fifty per cent of costs are met for consultations from BMWi-authorized companies, including Steinbeis.

Eligible for funding are third-party management and consulting services that pave the way for – and help implement – product and engineering process innovations. Eligible to apply are small companies with fewer than 50 employees whose annual turnover or balance sheet total is no more than 10 million euros. Funding does not depend on the field.

The consultant workshop

Program to help management consultants gain qualifications and continue their professional development

On-the-job learning is a philosophy central to the Steinbeis Consultant Workshop. Its aim is to allow consultants to hone their consulting skills on specific projects in real-life settings, in line with the principles of knowledge transfer. All training modules are underpinned by theory from a lecturer.

During workshops, participants can act as the client or the consultant. As a consultant, they can reflect on their skills in real consulting situations and add more strings to their bow in a realistic setting. As a client, they receive top-notch input for nothing, gaining insights for their project. Modules are staged in Stuttgart and last one day.

Module I (22.01.2011): Forging sustainable (working) relationships in the consulting process
Module II (26.02.2011): Understanding client issues
Module III: Consulting by asking
Module IV: Techniques to help clients help themselves more
Module V: Analogue working procedures – techniques and instruments
Module VI: Acquisition skills in consulting


Wiebke Werner
Steinbeis Beratungszentren GmbH (Stuttgart)

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