Memorable examples.

Our business is based on costum-made solutions for unique assignments. No challenge is like the other. These examples shall only provide the great range of costumers with whom we have worked hitherto.

Sparkasse Nürnberg

A to Z conference facilitation: The Sparkasse (savings bank) Nürnberg is a public-sector financial institution which successfully provides services for private and business clients. With over 100 branches and self-service facilities, it is the leading financial service provider in the region. In order to maintain the ability to operate successfully in the future, in view of the changing market situation, the Sparkasse Nürnberg intensively deals with the subject of change. p4d developed a concept for advising and facilitating the savings bank’s conference on change. All the Sparkasse Nürnberg’s executives came together at the conference, discussing on the topics of trends and dealing with change and innovation in an open dialogue. The p4d team contributed to this event delivering an all-round concept of keynote, interactive exchange and facilitation.


Applying the right levers for sustainable change by means of just a few interventions: STROTHMANN, a specialist in handling and transport solutions, is a successful supplier in the sector of industrial automation and intralogistics. p4d supported STROTHMANN with the further development and implementation of their corporate vision. A set of qualitative interviews was used as the starting point of the intervention. STROTHMANN executives deliberated on the actual status of corporate culture as seen from their functions’ viewpoints, and they developed a blueprint of forward-looking ideas to increase sustainably shared responsibility. The results of the interviews were fed back into the company as part of a management workshop facilitated by p4d, in which they were discussed by the participants. This became the basis of the project 'Operating System 2.0' which was developed to implement the vision throughout the company. Subsequently, p4d gave advice to the STROTHMANN management team on selective points, along the way, in the role of a sparring partner and provider of stimuli for further development and securing results.

SMS Meer / SMS group

p4d supported the internationally operating machinery, plant and equipment manufacturer SMS Meer / SMS group in their strategy and change processes through process consulting, process and workshop facilitation, as well as leadership coaching. The focal points of our work included the incorporation of topics, contents and processes into organisational culture: within and across teams, on departmental and divisional levels, nationally, internationally.

Among others, our activities included support and advice

  • at the fusion of two divisions,
  • at improvement of divisional culture,
  • at strengthening management teams,
  • towards the cooperation between different divisions, 
  • towards the orientation on customer focus,
  • at change processes (management team, employees, departments),
  • at strategy development.

Organisation and facilitation of international conferences and large group events.


For this internationally operating ball bearing manufacturer, team working is one of the crucial criteria for success. p4d facilitated various workshops for SKF including preceding cultural analyses, for teams, leadership teams - nationally and internationally - in order to generate a Common Ground. These workshops enabled participants to considerably improve their cooperation.


Virtual teamwork across international borders is daily routine for this internationally operating software company. For this to work, it is imperative that people establish a dialogue amongst each other. For the core developers of SAP AG working in various countries, p4d designed and facilitated, together with their partner podium49, an international large group event over several days for the optimization of future cooperation.


The ‘Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ, Society for International Cooperation) needed, for the purpose of innovative concepts for internal organisational development and event design, an external sparring partner to support planning and implementation of measures with a fresh view from the outside: We provided support, e.g. in process design for a multinational leadership seminar, we gave advice along the way in a cultural change project for internal organisational development and we facilitated individual internal strategy & planning workshops.


From Global Competition to Increased Cooperation: The Global Coffee Platform is a multi-stakeholder initiative with the aim of creating a flourishing and sustainable coffee sector. Based on a bottom-up approach, it brings together public and private stakeholders and it encourages the cross-sectoral adoption of minimum standards and the same framework for joint reporting. P4d supports the GCP in its complex and demanding tasks, serving as a sparring partner, an organisational developer and a facilitator in the restructuring and further development of the organisation. In addition, p4d played a role in the interim management of the HR department.


The ‘Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst’ (German Academic Exchange Service) are experts in international exchange and they develop scholarship programmes at university level. As part of a strategy development project for an established programme with a focus on Africa, p4d carried out qualitative impact research on target group needs and experiences with the programme in Namibia and South Africa. The results were used as the basis for the strategy workshop facilitated by p4d. This allowed for opportunities and interferences in intercultural communication between headquarters and partner countries to be revealed and tangible results were developed for further implementation of the programme.

African Centres of Excellence

Achieving more together: The Centres of Excellence are state-of-the-art educational centres based on international standards that have been established by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in leading African universities, with support from the German Foreign Office. It is the aim of the education centres and their programmes to increase the quality and relevance of learning in selected subjects, as well as to promote research and networking. P4d facilitated the networking and strategy conference of the African-German excellence centres, featuring many prominent attendees. Welcome on the Common Ground –  e.g. 2015 in Flensburg, 2016 in Ghana and 2017 in Kenia.


For the ‘Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung’ (BMZ - Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), cooperation with civil society is a crucial task. Here it is important for BMZ to engage in talks with an extreme variety of people and organisations, to manage dialogues and to find models of cooperation. The special challenge in this case is to jointly find a better solution, despite different interests. p4d supported BMZ through preparatory analyses, workshop facilitation and active process facilitation.


This renowned charity decided to become prepared for the long term regarding the future and global trends and changes, thereby actively involving a highly committed workforce, in order to further improve their work towards the target of abolishing hunger and poverty. We provided support at process design, we gave advice to the organisation regarding action research and we facilitated the multi-day workshops for analysis, development and implementation of this project. Success: a high level of employee-involvement and activation, as well as a commonly agreed approach that motivates everybody.

City of Cologne et al.

It was the aim of the pilot project ‘Competence region Mülheim-Ost competence centre for special education’, in an urban district, to combine a wide variety of actors from municipal, school and private institutions, that often do not cooperate, in a network, and to make them work more effectively and efficiently by working together.

In a multi-year process facilitation, we supported the various stakeholders from the areas of education, health and social services in the development of constructive dialogue. Today, these organisations think and act in a much better networking way, and across their own institutional boundaries.

DJH Rheinland

The German Youth Hostel Association - Landesverband Rheinland (DJH - regional Rhineland association) wanted to adapt early on to a new development in the customer segment ‘School’ and position themselves more clearly as a ‘Partner of schools’. p4d have been supporting DJH Rhineland in this development for several years. In addition to qualitative action research, the support at internal events, the facilitation of symposia and workshops for schools, we have been providing the DJH Rhineland with our experience in project management, and we have implemented projects in everyday life.

Customers who trust us, and in whom we believe.

  • 4C Association / Global Coffee Platform
  • African Centres of Excellence
  • Aurubis AG
  • Bonn International Center for Conversion GmbH (BICC)
  • Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)
  • Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn
  • City of Cologne
  • Currenta GmbH & Co. KG
  • Coloplast AG
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e.V. (DGRV)
  • Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk (DJH)
  • Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e. V.
  • Gesellschaft für berufliche Bildung Organisation zur Förderung der IHK-Weiterbildung mbH (DIHK)
  • Gesellschaft für Versicherungswissenschaft und Gestaltung e.V. (GVG)
  • Global Media Forum der Deutschen Welle
  • Global Water System Project (GWSP)
  • Hydro Aluminium Deutschland GmbH / Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH
  • Industrie- und Handelskammer Bonn/Rhein-Sieg (IHK)
  • International Human Dimensions Project on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)
  • International Tube Association (ITA)
  • International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF)
  • Karl Kübel Stiftung
  • Montag Stiftungen
  • Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
  • Programmbüro Internationale Klimaschutzinitiative im Auftrag der GIZ GmbH
  • SAP AG
  • Schools in NRW
  • SMS Meer GmbH / SMS group GmbH
  • SKF GmbH
  • Sparkasse Nürnberg
  • Stiftung Mercator GmbH
  • Verband Entwicklungspolitik deutscher Nichtregierungsorganisationen e.V. (VENRO)
  • World Vision Deutschland e.V.

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