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Volker Pfirsching

Partner

Head, Global Digital Competence Center

About Volker

Volker A. Pfirsching is a Partner at Arthur D. Little based in Munich. He is a member of the Central European Management Board and heads the global Digital Competence Center.

As a thought leader in Digital Disruption, Volker is engaged in many large-scale transformation projects, touching business and technology alike. He is founder of the Arthur D. Little Digital Center of Excellence and organizer and facilitator of Arthur D. Little digital roundtables, bringing together top executives to exchange in digital challenges.

After his studies, Volker joined the company in 2002 and has been a Partner since 2012. He has led a large number of client projects in Europe and abroad, focusing on successful and holistic digital transformations covering all aspects from strategy, business, technology and the essential “human factor”.

Education

University of Regensburg
Diplom-Wirtschaftsinformatiker (Business Information Systems)
University of Regensburg
Graduate of Intercultural Negotiations

Insights

Unleashing innovation in IT
Michael Majster, Marie-Catherine Patry Winckler, Frédéric Rosès, Volker Pfirsching, Fabian Sempf, Rick Eagar
IT is still often seen as inflexible and costly Digitalization has been at the top of the strategic agenda for over a decade (see Figure 1). IT assets, and the function that manages them, are usually seen as the backbone of the digitalization effort.
Smart data management unlocks growth 
Volker Pfirsching
This is commonly due to a mismatch between technology and business needs, along with a failure to focus on culture and governance in data management projects. Closed company cultures, in particular, make interaction between departments difficult, which often prevents the collection, sharing, and effective use of comprehensive data. This Viewpoint outlines how smart data management and a business-focused approach deliver proven, immediate benefits while unlocking future opportunities for growth. 
RPA: Robotic Process Automation
Volker Pfirsching, Bernd Schreiber, Marius Romanescu
Executive Briefing Series An 8-part series to be updated weekly from July to September 2019   RPA is changing the way processes are automated. In the following guide we will give insights what RPA is, what can be expected by RPA – now and in future - and how to enable a fast operationalization and scaling of process automation by RPA.
The flywheel concept – A powerful foundation for a successful digital shift
Philipp Mudersbach, Volker Pfirsching
Today’s corporate world requires companies to look for a clear purpose for their business ventures, other than solely maximizing profits. This purpose, or in other words, the “why”, is essential for future success in an ever-changing and more and more digital business environment – to convince not only customers of the company’s offerings, but also investors of opportunities and employees of the company’s strategy.
Implementing a digital shift
Fabian Sempf, Dr. Fabian Doemer, Volker Pfirsching
Today, every company wants and needs to become digital. However, what this actually entails will be different depending on the industry, size of the company, and competitive environment. Businesses essentially need to find the right degree of digitalization – their digital “equilibrium”. By exploring some of the key problems traditional businesses face on their digital journeys, and how to overcome them, this article outlines how every business can realize the digital shift and create equilibrium.

Volker Pfirsching

Partner

Head, Global Digital Competence Center

Germany

Contact & Follow

About Volker

Volker A. Pfirsching is a Partner at Arthur D. Little based in Munich. He is a member of the Central European Management Board and heads the global Digital Competence Center.

As a thought leader in Digital Disruption, Volker is engaged in many large-scale transformation projects, touching business and technology alike. He is founder of the Arthur D. Little Digital Center of Excellence and organizer and facilitator of Arthur D. Little digital roundtables, bringing together top executives to exchange in digital challenges.

After his studies, Volker joined the company in 2002 and has been a Partner since 2012. He has led a large number of client projects in Europe and abroad, focusing on successful and holistic digital transformations covering all aspects from strategy, business, technology and the essential “human factor”.

Education

University of Regensburg
Diplom-Wirtschaftsinformatiker (Business Information Systems)
University of Regensburg
Graduate of Intercultural Negotiations

Insights

Unleashing innovation in IT
Michael Majster, Marie-Catherine Patry Winckler, Frédéric Rosès, Volker Pfirsching, Fabian Sempf, Rick Eagar
IT is still often seen as inflexible and costly Digitalization has been at the top of the strategic agenda for over a decade (see Figure 1). IT assets, and the function that manages them, are usually seen as the backbone of the digitalization effort.
Smart data management unlocks growth 
Volker Pfirsching
This is commonly due to a mismatch between technology and business needs, along with a failure to focus on culture and governance in data management projects. Closed company cultures, in particular, make interaction between departments difficult, which often prevents the collection, sharing, and effective use of comprehensive data. This Viewpoint outlines how smart data management and a business-focused approach deliver proven, immediate benefits while unlocking future opportunities for growth. 
RPA: Robotic Process Automation
Volker Pfirsching, Bernd Schreiber, Marius Romanescu
Executive Briefing Series An 8-part series to be updated weekly from July to September 2019   RPA is changing the way processes are automated. In the following guide we will give insights what RPA is, what can be expected by RPA – now and in future - and how to enable a fast operationalization and scaling of process automation by RPA.
The flywheel concept – A powerful foundation for a successful digital shift
Philipp Mudersbach, Volker Pfirsching
Today’s corporate world requires companies to look for a clear purpose for their business ventures, other than solely maximizing profits. This purpose, or in other words, the “why”, is essential for future success in an ever-changing and more and more digital business environment – to convince not only customers of the company’s offerings, but also investors of opportunities and employees of the company’s strategy.
Implementing a digital shift
Fabian Sempf, Dr. Fabian Doemer, Volker Pfirsching
Today, every company wants and needs to become digital. However, what this actually entails will be different depending on the industry, size of the company, and competitive environment. Businesses essentially need to find the right degree of digitalization – their digital “equilibrium”. By exploring some of the key problems traditional businesses face on their digital journeys, and how to overcome them, this article outlines how every business can realize the digital shift and create equilibrium.