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Best of Consulting: “Wirtschaftswoche” honors Staufen AG with an award for its Operational-Excellence project at Skoda

December 1, 2023 | News Germany

The Staufen management consulting firm has once again been honored by the “Wirtschaftswoche” magazine with the “Best of Consulting” award for one of its client projects. The jury was impressed this year by the operational excellence experts in the “Manufacturing & Operations” category with a project they completed for the Skoda Group’s Transportation division.

With its workforce of around 7,000 employees, the manufacturer of trains, light rail vehicles, and locomotives not only develops and produces at its headquarters in Pilsen, Czech Republic, but now also operates factories and locations in Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, and Finland. The challenge for Staufen’s operational excellence experts was to implement a company-wide optimization and integration of processes, leadership methods, and system landscapes that would ensure this expansion course would not be frustrated by silo thinking, process interruptions, or fragmented IT in the future. 

“Given both its international nature and complexity, this collaboration with Skoda was and remains one of the most impressive projects I have ever had the opportunity to support,” says David Gänsbacher, Partner at Staufen AG. “As such, I am especially delighted to receive this award – which our project partners at Skoda also deserve in equal measure.” The Best of Consulting jury’s recognition also underlines just how important it is to focus on stable and yet flexible processes with a view towards consistently improving performance through operational excellence. 

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David Gänsbacher at the official “Best of Consulting” award ceremony in Düsseldorf

Didier Pfleger


Škoda Group

"We chose Staufen because the consultants take a pragmatic approach and do not give theoretical talks."

Skoda CEO: “Staufen is characterized by this operational focus” 

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“They visit the workshops, explain, and offer compelling solutions. As a result, they are accepted by both production workers and management. Staufen is characterized by this operational focus,” expresses Didier Pfleger, CEO of the Skoda Group. You can also find more details on the Skoda project in our current Staufen Magazine

After being awarded the seal of approval “World’s Best Management Consulting Firms 2023” by the US financial magazine “Forbes” and the tenth consecutive award recognizing Staufen AG as one of Best Management Consulting Firms in Germany the leading companies in the industry by the renowned industry study “brand eins”, the award from “Wirtschaftswoche” completes a successful 2023 for Staufen AG. 

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