Matthias Mölleney

  • Director of the Center for Human Resources Management & Leadership at the HWZ Zurich School of Economics
  • Associate professor and lecturer at a variety of universities and business schools
  • Director at the Future Work Forum, London
  • President of the “Think Tank Thurgau”
  • President of the BoD at Bodensee-Arena AG, Kreuzlingen
  • Member of the BoD at Schifffahrtsgenossenschaft Greifensee
  • Deputy President of the Swiss Red Cross, Canton of Zurich
  • Author of the books «Beyond Leadership», «Transformational HRM» and «Make the Future Possible», as well as various professional articles about leadership and personnel management
  • Successful consultation of numerous companies ranging from SMEs to global players in the areas of HR strategy, leadership, change management and personnel policy

Leadership, personnel management and the ability to cope with change will make the difference between success and failure. My years of experience in the leadership teams of Lufthansa, Swissair and a wide range of other internationally-active companies proved this to me over and over again. «As times get tougher, human resource management needs to become better and better.»In 2006, my wife, Regine, and I founded the company “PeopleXpert”. We don’t market off-the-shelf concepts or management models, but rather put all of our effort into what you need and what will strenghten your personnel expertise.

This may include, for example, the joint development of a new personnel strategy, a specialized leadership training program for your management team or intensive individual coaching sessions for someone who finds himself in the career-change mode. In our range of consulting activities, we combine the “know” with the “how”. This means blending the most current findings from research and teachings with our own personal experience from a range of consulting projects with diverse companies and from many fields – from SMEs to international organizations. As the President of the ZGP Zurich Association for Personnel Management and Director of the Future Work Forum in London I am also ideally networked with numerous national and international experts.



We combine the «know» with the «how»



Presentations and workshops:

Leadership, personnel management, HRM 2030, future development of the workplace, coping with change, crisis management, employer attractiveness to a variety of age groups, work-life balance.

Consulting projects:

Development of personnel strategies, reorientation of personnel management, change management, design of leadership guidelines, establishment of an HR Shared Service Center, work schedule models, set up of a learning organization.



Leadership, Change Management, instruments and techniques of personnel management (for example, interview techniques, leadership of demanding employee appraisal interviews), on-boarding of new employees



New career orientation, personal development, handling of demanding leadership situations


My weekly newsletter


My weekly newsletter with interesting articles from the world of Human Resources Management and Leadership

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HWZ Working Paper: Aging Workforce - Integration of older employees into the world of work - illustrated by the example of the Swiss Cantonal Banks (in German)

16. Mar 2021

Using the example of the cantonal banks in German-speaking Switzerland, age management is examined from the perspective of employees.

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HR Management - what can we expect in the next couple of years (in German)

02. Mar 2021

An article I wrote for PersonalSCHWEIZ and which appeared there in the February 2021 issue (in German)

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HWZ Study «Social Connecting in Times of Physical Distance» (Abstract)

29. Jan 2021

The summary of a HWZ study on the possibilities, opportunities and problems of building trust in virtual collaborations.

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HWZ Study «Social Connecting in Times of Physical Distance» (full version)

30. Jan 2021

The scientific results of a HWZ study on the possibilities, opportunities and problems of building trust in virtual collaborations.

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New HRM Business Model

30. Jan 2021

An article which shows my thoughts concerning a potential new HRM business model

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My new book «Beyond Leadership»

14. Sept 2019

 My new book, which I have written together with my colleague Prof Dr Sybille Sachs, is published both as a German and an English version. It is a kind of a handy workbook which provides the necessary foundation as well as practical tools for everybody who would like to try this new concept out, step by step. Link to the publisher

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Leadership for a better future: Re-humanisation - oh, we forgot

03. July 2020

A joint article with Patrick Cowden in the special edition of the EFMD Global Focus magazine (Brussels)

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Book contribution: Personnel management - what can we expect in the coming years? (in German)

03. July 2020

Digitization brings new and expanded competence requirements, while at the same time we are struggling with the increasing shortage of skilled workers. The pressure to further increase productivity and efficiency is growing, and at the same time the need to be innovative and to question the usual. What does this mean for personnel management?

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Article Beyond Leadership in the journal OrganisationsEntwicklung (in German)

03. July 2020

A description of the concept Beyond Leadership and its practical application in the company Transa Backpacking AG, Zurich

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Leadership Interview (in German)

16. Dec 2019

Management and Leadership need to be adapted to the conditions of modern, network-type organizations. Trust, respect and appreciation are the key values.

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Leadership Interview (in German)

15. Oct 2019

A newpaper interview with the «Zürcher Oberländer». We have to get acquainted to loose stability and have to get used to working with insecurity. This includes a new understanding of leadership which is less based on a concentration of power and more on a just distribution of power down to where decisions are needed.

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Beyond Leadership, how does it work (Video)

30. July 2019

A video wich explains how the Beyond Leadership Activation Circle works and what you need to consider before you try it out.

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The Impact of Positive Feedback

30. July 2019

Who wants to know how feedback systems work and works well or not so well, may find a key to the answer in this article which also includes aspects from Behavioral Economics.

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Article concerning employee feedback (in German)

03. Dec 2018

I don’t know many people who are looking forward to the ritual of the annual performance feedback. Perhaps, we should try to look at it from another perspective.

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An introduction of the concept «Beyond Leadership»

18. Nov 2018

Prof. Dr. Sybille Sachs, Patrick Cowden and I are writing a book, currently, about the very innovative leadership concept «Beyond Leadership», which enables teams and organizations to improve the 3 most important factors trust, respect and appreciation in a very efficient and yet sustainable way. Until the book will be published in September, 2019, you may download a short introduction here.

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Leadership needs Followership (in German)

05. Oct 2018

The times of almighty and omniscient leaders are gone. Bigger companies in particular have come to the conclusion that a single person at the top of a large organization cannot cope with the demand for agility and complexity. Traditional hierarchies have been improved over many decades and are still working, but they are too slow in a competition where speed is much more relevant than size.

We don't need faster horses (in German)

30. Sept 2018

in order to achieve significant improvements in HR, we don’t need faster horses. We should think about inventing cars instead. Therefore, we need to be more open in selecting the  people we discuss with. And we need to question the unquestionable.

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Investment in employees: walk the talk (article in German)

23. July 2018

Most companies say that they invest in their employees. What if they would really do that?

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Interivew: Power is the driving force for managers (in German)

04. July 2018

Ein Interview mit dem Migros Magazin über das Verhalten von Managern, ihre Anreizsysteme und die geänderten Anforderungen in einer immer agiler werdenden Welt.

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Podcast HRM

30. June 2018

Podcast of an interview of Christoph Stelzhammer with Matthias Mölleney on the subject of HRM and Change Management (in German)

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03. Mar 2018

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Trust and Appreciation are key success factors (in German)

01. Mar 2018

That trust and appreciation are important, is not new. An interesting internal study at Google has now identified that they are the most important success factors for high performing teams.

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Conquering Digital Overload

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Blog: Post-digital HRM

23. Nov 2017

HRM in a post-digital world needs to open our minds for the power of diversity, the power of self-steering collaboration and the power of trust.

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TV Contribution «Economy without Soul»

03. Sept 2017

A TV Talk about Ethics and Leadership, together with Johannes Czwalina (in German)

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Matthias Mölleney

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