Matthias Mölleney

  • Director of the Center for Human Resources Management & Leadership at the 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.

Reading Recommendations

Frederic Laloux: Reinventing Organizations

18 Mar 2018

A very interesting insight into the work of Frederic Laloux on the topic of modern organizations.

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Stephan Hostettler: Distinguish between Leadership and Money

26 Dec 2016

The team should be rewarded for a successful transformation, not individuals. Food for thought from Stephan Hostettler (in German)

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Innovative book explaining new ways in HR marketing

31 July 2016

Jörg Buckmann, the former head of Recruiting at VBZ, the Zurich public transportation company, has written a cool book on HR Marketing.

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Deloitte: Global Human Capital Trends 2016

14 Apr 2016

Interesting study focusing on the latest trends in people management and organizational development. After a number of years of struggling to drive employee engagement and retention, and improve leadership, executives see a need to redesign the organization itself.

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5C-Framework for Managing Talent (Randall Schuler)

24 Mar 2016

An interesting article written by Prof. Randall Schuler about the impact of good talent management on the success of the company.

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What makes teams successful

21 Nov 2015

Interesting essay in the Tagesanzeiger (in German): Google has done research on the factors which makes teams particularly innovative. Surprisingly, the skills of the team members are not the most important factors.

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23.11.2015: interesting SF TV Feature

12 Nov 2015

TV Feature in German about people with health problems and handicaps at the labour markets

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Future of Work Study

06 Oct 2015

An interesting study by Bill Jensen ( with a fresh look at the future of work. Based on feedback by 7’635 people around the world, the study highlights the following 3 issues: How long will leaders hold back the future? We are asking the wrong questions. The future of work is personal.

The "Think Tank" coming together with the people

06 Apr 2015

He is the new president of the Think Tank Thurgau: Matthias Mölleney explains why the Thurgau idea forgers would like to interact more closely with the people in the future.

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Beyond Leadership

25 May 2015

Patrick Cowden, author of the best-selling book “Neustart”, talks on TED about his vision of a more people-oriented leadership approach.

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How to run a company with (almost) no rules

18 May 2015

Ricardo Semmler is the charismatric owner of the Brazilian company SEMCO. He explains why he thinks companies need less rules in people management to be successful.

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It's time to blow up HR and build something new (HBR)

09 July 2015

Businesses don’t create value; people do. Research by McKinsey and the Conference Board consistently finds that CEOs worldwide see human capital as a top challenge, and they rank HR as only the eighth or ninth most important function in a company. That has to change.

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08 July 2015


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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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

12 May 2018

15 May 2018

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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Jobs: not everybody is prepared to be flexible (Interview in German - Sonntagszeitung 23 July, 2017)

24 July 2017

Companies are expecting from their employees a fast adaptation to the digital change. But they are facing resistance.

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Where peopleXpert has been active:

Banking and insurance

  • International Insurance Companies (CH)
  • Asset Management Organizations (CH)
  • Business Banks (D and CH)

Service suppliers, trade organizations and transport/travel

  • International Airlines (CH)
  • Business Airlines (CH)
  • Hotels (CH)
  • International Retail Group (CH)
  • Sport, Event and Hotel Facilities (CH)
  • Sports Association (CH)
  • International Trading Companies (CH)
  • International Strategy Consultants (CH)
  • Internet Network Suppliers (D)
  • Internet and multimedia companies (CH)
  • Health Insurance Companies (CH)
  • Personnel Service Providers (CH)

Industry and Technology

  • Chemical Industry (CH & A)
  • IT Systems Engineering and IT Security (D)
  • Digital Printing and Software Development (CH)
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Organization (CH)
  • Pharmaceutical Producer Start-up (CH)
  • Plant Construction Companies (CH and D)
  • Logistic System Suppliers (CH)
  • Construction Companies (CH)


  • International Organizations (UNO)
  • European Authorities (EU)
  • Federal Ministries (CH)
  • Federal Agencies (CH)
  • Cantonal Agencies (CH)
  • Municipalities (CH)
  • Cantonal Police Department (CH)

Health Care and other industries

  • International Hospital Groups (CH)
  • University Hospital (CH)
  • International Hospital Group (CH)
  • Special Hospital (CH / D)
  • Regional Hospitals (CH)
  • Publishers (CH)
  • Real Estate Management (D)
  • Architecture Offices (CH)


Matthias Mölleney

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