The Systemic Excellence Group was founded on September 12, 2001. From the very beginning we had the idea that being formally established the day after 9/11 comes with a special obligation: We ought to be the alternative we wanted to see in the world after leaving the orthodoxy of consulting and research in order to create something more joyful and meaningful.
The early years were very much characterised by team building projects and change projects in post-merger-integration situations and by large ERP implementation projects. Cross-cultural cooperation was key to enable people from different companies and with different professional backgrounds to work together.
Innovation and entrepreneurship sneaked onto our agenda roughly at the same time. The questions on how innovation teams can be set up for success and how their work can smoothly be transitioned into the line organisation, seemed a hard nut to crack. And with our answers the outreach of the SEgroup’s work slowly grew beyond Europe.
In 2005 Business Excellence became the SEgroup’s mayor focus entering the world of Lean and Six Sigma and its cultural implications on the organisation’s development. Towards the end of 2008 the SEgroup had deployed the idea of Leading Practice in diverse organisational fields, ranging from quality management to strategy, from HR and finance to IT.
2010 coming the SEgroup change projects finally followed its prior engagements in global research networks. China, Australia and Africa jumped on the SEgroup deployment map.
In 2014 the SEgroup was finally converted from a limited company into a full-fledged global cooperative. This legal set-up eventually reflects the fairness we seek amongst each other and with our clients.
2015 opened up an exciting chapter for the SEgroup on our own digital transformation agenda. Systems Analytics provided the chance to reintegrate the SEgroup roots in social systems sciences and management cybernetics.
By founding the Systemic Change Institute in 2016 the SEgroup closes the loop from change practice via change research to change training.