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„Hidden Champions of the 21st Century“. Presentation for the Conference. "Top management: Challenges and Limits of Competition". Harald L. Hidden Champions of the Twenty-First Century (eBook, PDF). The Success Strategies of Unknown World Market Leaders. Hidden Champions of the. Hermann Simon. Hidden Champions of the Twenty-First Century. Success Strategies of Unknown World Market. Leaders. 4y Springer.

The explanation lies in its "Hidden Champions", little known mid-sized world market leaders. They alone account for about one quarter of German exports. Germany was the number 1 exporter from through Germany alone exports almost as much as the U. These three countries represent a population of million, compared to 82 million Germans. What is a Hidden Champion? Delo makes special adhesives for electronic applications. Belfor, an industrial service company, is a world leader in the removal of water, fire and storm damages. It is the only company that provides these services around the world. The Hidden Champions concept increasingly attracts attention all over the world. In the last ten years, the 1, German Hidden Champions created one million new jobs.

By globalizing! They combine their specialization in product and know-how with global selling and marketing, which expands each market by a huge factor.

If one does that, there are hardly any growth limits. Globalization has only just begun: World exports per capita, almost zero in the early s, did not see much progress until the s.

But since then there has been an "explosion". And it is here to stay. If you go into the world, there is unlimited growth. The Hidden Champions have their own subsidiaries in all important markets around the globe and sell directly to their customers instead of delegating their customer relations to intermediaries, agents, importers etc.

Hidden Champions of the Twenty-First Century

Kaercher, a world leader in high pressure water cleaners, seriously started its internationalization in the s and since then has added one, two and sometimes three countries to their market presence every year. It has now 75 own subsidiaries all over the world. Due to this process we see a transformation of Hidden Champions from Transatlantic to Eurasian companies.

Because of the stagnating economies in the US and Europe in recent years and the simultaneous growth in Asia, this shift is happening much faster than anticipated. One does not become and stay world market leader by imitation, only by innovation.

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Even more important is the output. Hidden Champions have five times more patents per employee than patent-intensive large corporations. And with the Hidden Champions the costs per patent are only one-fifth of the costs in large corporations. What is the driving force for innovation? Market, technology or both? The challenge of innovation is the integration of technology and customer needs.

One extremely innovative company is Enercon. And they have exceptional ideas, such as the "E-ship" which uses so called Flettner-rotors to harness the power of the wind. The efficiency of a Flettner-rotor is 10 to 14 times higher than that of a classical sail.

While larger companies throw huge budgets at solving problems, the Hidden Champions devote very few dedicated people to find new solutions. This is why their costs per patent are much lower.

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Closeness to customer and competitive advantages Closeness to customer is the biggest strength of the Hidden Champions, even ahead of technology. The biggest overall strength of the Hidden Champions is not technology but the closeness to their customers.

This is a natural advantage of smaller and mid-sized companies. Especially pronounced is the closeness to top customers. Grohmann Engineering makes systems for the assembly of micro-electronic products. Grohmann says: "My market is the top 30 customers in the world".

Among his customers are Intel, Motorola, Bosch etc. According to Grohmann these customers are never satisfied. Top customers as drivers to higher performance are a typical aspect of the Hidden Champions' customer relationships. The strategies of the Hidden Champions are value-driven, not price-driven.

Price becomes a central factor only if a company doesn't offer differentiated value. The most important competitive advantage of the Hidden Champions is product quality. In recent years three new advantages have emerged: advice, systems integration and ease of use. They are the attributes with the biggest increases in importance. From a competitive point of view they are different from advantages integrated in the product, because they cannot be easily imitated or reverse engineered.

These advantages reside in the brains of the employees or in the capacity of the organization to manage complexity. The barriers to entry today are probably higher than they were ten years ago.

Loyalty and highly-qualified employees The Hidden Champions have "more work than heads" and high performance cultures. The Hidden Champions have more work than heads, highly qualified employees and low turnover. The percentage of university graduates among the workforce has more than doubled from 8. Since global competitiveness today is more and more about qualification it becomes increasingly important not only to hire, educate and train top talent but to retain it.

The Hidden Champions have extremely low turnover rates: only 2. Strong leadership The leadership is authoritarian in the principles, but flexible in the details.

The last and seventh lesson concerns the leaders of the Hidden Champions. They are the ultimate roots of these unusual successes. What characterizes these leaders? One does not become and stay world market leader by imitation, only by innovation.

Even more important is the output. Hidden Champions have five times more patents per employee than patent-intensive large corporations. And with the Hidden Champions the costs per patent are only one-fifth of the costs in large corporations.

What is the driving force for innovation? Market, technology or both? The challenge of innovation is the integration of technology and customer needs. One extremely innovative company is Enercon. And they have exceptional ideas, such as the "E-ship" which uses so called Flettner-rotors to harness the power of the wind.

The efficiency of a Flettner-rotor is 10 to 14 times higher than that of a classical sail. While larger companies throw huge budgets at solving problems, the Hidden Champions devote very few dedicated people to find new solutions. This is why their costs per patent are much lower. Closeness to customer and competitive advantages Closeness to customer is the biggest strength of the Hidden Champions, even ahead of technology.

The biggest overall strength of the Hidden Champions is not technology but the closeness to their customers. This is a natural advantage of smaller and mid-sized companies. Especially pronounced is the closeness to top customers. Grohmann Engineering makes systems for the assembly of micro-electronic products. Grohmann says: "My market is the top 30 customers in the world".

Among his customers are Intel, Motorola, Bosch etc. According to Grohmann these customers are never satisfied. Top customers as drivers to higher performance are a typical aspect of the Hidden Champions' customer relationships.

The strategies of the Hidden Champions are value-driven, not price-driven. Price becomes a central factor only if a company doesn't offer differentiated value. The most important competitive advantage of the Hidden Champions is product quality. In recent years three new advantages have emerged: advice, systems integration and ease of use. They are the attributes with the biggest increases in importance.

From a competitive point of view they are different from advantages integrated in the product, because they cannot be easily imitated or reverse engineered. These advantages reside in the brains of the employees or in the capacity of the organization to manage complexity.

The barriers to entry today are probably higher than they were ten years ago. Loyalty and highly-qualified employees The Hidden Champions have "more work than heads" and high performance cultures. The Hidden Champions have more work than heads, highly qualified employees and low turnover. The percentage of university graduates among the workforce has more than doubled from 8.

Since global competitiveness today is more and more about qualification it becomes increasingly important not only to hire, educate and train top talent but to retain it. The Hidden Champions have extremely low turnover rates: only 2.

Strong leadership The leadership is authoritarian in the principles, but flexible in the details. The last and seventh lesson concerns the leaders of the Hidden Champions. They are the ultimate roots of these unusual successes. What characterizes these leaders? First and foremost, the identity of person and purpose. Leadership is ambivalent. When it comes to the principles and values, we find authoritarian leadership. There is no discussion about the principles, but strong participation and flexibility in the details of carrying out a job.

The Hidden Champions have more women in top positions and a very high continuity with regard to the CEOs.

Their average tenure is 20 years, compared to 6. Summary: The Three Circles The seven key lessons can be summarized in three circles. The core is the strong leadership with the ambitious goals. The inner strengths are depth, high performance employees, and continuous innovation. The outer circle comprises focus on a narrow market, closeness to customer, clear competitive advantages, all that with a global orientation.

The ultimate lesson: The Hidden Champions of the 21st Century go their own ways, more decisively and successfully than ever. They do most things differently from the teachings of management gurus, from modern management fads, from large corporations. We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads.

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No notes for slide. Who is No. What Is a Hidden Champion? Top 3 in the world or no. Nowy Styl Chairs 8H01X 7. The Book 8H01X 9. Why are they successful? How do they differ from large firms? What can young entrepreneurs learn from them?

Extremely ambitious goals: Market Leadership Growth 8H01X - 12 - Lesson 1 Success always begins with ambitious goals. The Hidden Champions of the 21st century go for growth and market leadership. This is the fuel that drives them forward. Young entrepreneurs:

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