The strategic relevance of HR 

HR must become the driving force in business transformation

Human Resources is increasingly playing a key role in the business transformation of innovative companies and is on the top agenda of corporate strategy and thus of the CEO. Corporate success has always been shaped by first-class employees and a high-performance culture - so far so good. What's new is that strategic decisions often trigger comprehensive business transformations at both the structural and cultural levels, with fundamental changes that deeply impact culture, DNA, and leadership and collaboration models. In order for HR to drive these deep business transformations, a "new type" of Chief HR Officer (CHRO) is required. Accordingly, the "next generation" CHRO not only claims a place in the management team in order to be able to participate in the transformation process, but also knows the business first-hand. Leadership and business responsibility in different areas and regions of a company are indispensable prerequisites for getting on a level playing field with the business areas in the organization and, of course, being involved in important strategy decisions. This means that he knows his role in the business transformation and aligns his HR organization in such a way that it can create real added value in the process. Because he knows the requirements of the future work force, he also takes a bold and strategic approach to the digitization of his area in order to attract the talents of tomorrow. Accordingly, we have tailored our consulting offering to the needs of the new CHRO.

Temporary co-pilot: How 4C GROUP supports you

We are HR specialists and see ourselves as drivers of the professionalization of the HR function in the areas of HR transformation and HR digitalization, as well as the contribution of HR in business transformation. In addition to our expertise in HR disciplines, our clients particularly value our deep understanding of their business models. They trust us because our solutions are individually designed and pragmatically implemented with a view to the overall context of the company - and thus generate real and sustainable benefits for our customers. We are strong implementers of processes, systems and methods. Our experienced HR experts are empowered to actively shape the transformation in companies on a structural, cultural and technical level.

Current topics for the CHRO

Selected customer testimonials

"With his HR expertise, his pragmatism and know-how on HR trend topics, Mr. Baier convinces me and my whole team again and again. Thanks to his support, we were able to achieve successes in a very short time, which still have a lasting effect on our organisation today and have brought our HR department a long way forward. From the development of the HR strategy to the implementation of measures and process optimization. The cooperation is always absolutely professional and trusting."

Thomas Kruer, Head of Personnel, Lebensversicherung von 1871 a. G. München

"My first experience with the 4C GROUP was in 2014 in the context of the 'NextGeneration HR' reorganisation. Both Dr. Mauterer and Mr. Baier impressed me with their relevant experience, expertise, methodology and personal commitment. On the basis of this positive experience, I recruited Dr. Mauterer to work in the DIN standards committee 'Human Resources Management', where he is still an internationally sought-after expert and partner at DIN/ISO level with a current focus on 'Human Capital Reporting' (ISO30414). Dr. Mauterer has played a major role in shaping the core elements of this standard and has syndicated them in international committees."

Hilger Pothmann, Berlin Personalleiter und Mitglied der Regionalen Geschäftsleitungen (Nord und Ost) at Deutsche Bank AG

4C GROUP is official partner of Workday

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, the company provides financial management, human capital management and analytics applications for large corporations, educational institutions and government agencies worldwide. From mid-sized companies to Fortune 50 companies, organizations have already chosen Workday.

HR Reporting

Ready to use HR Reports


Ready to use HR Reports

The Covid-19 crisis continues to have a strong impact on society and the economy and presents us with unprecedented challenges every day. After the first quick-fix measures, it has become clear that what is needed now is above all planned and considered action. Especially the human resources department can currently prove that it contributes more than ever to the survival of their company: HR must actively support management by providing solutions to reduce costs, secure liquidity or make necessary adjustments to organizational structures and work processes.

To do this, HR decision-makers now need answers to questions about capacities, personnel costs and time accounts. In order to be able to answer such questions in a management under uncertainty in a targeted manner, a data-based basis is the decisive success factor. In almost every company the corresponding data is available, but in different systems and often a clear and concise preparation in form of a comprehensive HR reporting is missing.

We are happy to explain our structured approach in a personal exchange - an overview of our 4C HR Reporting solution including screenshots and approach can be found in our 2-Pager.

Find clarity when you need it most – 4C ready to use HR reports
  • Interactive visualizations based on Microsoft Power BI or tableau bring your HR data to life
  • Get answers to about 90 percent of all HR-relevant questions
  • Valuable insights from your data within minutes through intuitive reports
  • Rapid provision on the basis of 4C ready to use HR reports within approx. 2 weeks
  • No software implementation or elaborate conception for HR reporting necessary

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Our competence broschures for the CHRO

Current articles


10 Theses for HR after Covid-19
  • Covid-19 as evolutionary accelerator - 10 theses for HR according to Corona
  • Opinions of HR experts about the time after Corona

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Find clarity when you need it most – 4C ready to use HR reports
  • Interactive visualizations based on Microsoft Power BI or tableau bring your HR data to life
  • Get answers to about 90 percent of all HR-relevant questions
  • Valuable insights from your data within minutes through intuitive reports
  • Rapid provision on the basis of 4C ready to use HR reports within approx. 2 weeks
  • No software implementation or elaborate conception for HR reporting necessary

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Self-Check to HCM Readiness - Checklist

Download the HCM Readiness Self-Check now!

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Success without (personnel) strategy

A clear orientation of the human resources department is crucial for success

Publication in FAZ Personaljournal 2/2019

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4C GROUP AG | International guideline for human capital reporting DIN ISO 30414
  • Importance of Human Capital for Organizations
  • Core content and application of the guideline
  • Benefits and implications

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Introduction of Human Capital Management Systems - Are you HCM ready?

Cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) systems as part of future HR strategies and drivers of digital transformation

Publication in FAZ 3/2019

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Key metrics in HR - Human Capital Reporting

First guideline for human capital reporting published: ISO 30414

Publication in HR Performance 2/2019

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Skill Management - "Wonder Weapon for Business"

"Do you know the skills of your employees?" Most companies have to answer this question in the negative and thus give away part of their potential. Competence management can provide an answer here and serves as a driver of personnel development in your company.
Publication in "FAZ Personaljournal"

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Headcount and personnel costs one step ahead - exact planning of staff and personnel costs

No plan survives long-term contact with reality, Deutsche Bank has found. Nevertheless, it is essential to plan staff levels and personnel costs precisely. The Rolling Forecast as a solution.

Publication in "Personalwirtschaft"

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Via app to internal career - a self-developed app for internal job search

Internal career development as a driver of digital transformation in HR: For Deutsche Bank it is more important than ever to use the potential of its employees and offer them perspectives. The solution is a self-developed app for internal job search.

Publication in "Personalwirtschaft"

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Team 4.0 (Multiteaming) - One for all

If employees work in several teams or projects at the same time, this has advantages and disadvantages. Whether the so-called multiteaming approach is worthwhile for them and the company depends in particular on the structure of the organisation.

Publication in "Personalwirtschaft"

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Clinic in your pocket - University clinics focus on career planning by app

Against the background of the blatant lack of nursing staff, clinics describe the prevailing complexity and lack of transparency about development opportunities within a hospital as a further challenge. 


Publication in "Das Krankenhaus" (The Hospital)

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Digital Business Transformation in HR - Career Planning in 5 Minutes

The “Digital Prototype Career Management” can be seen as an example for an increasingly stronger spreading Digital Business Transformation, representing the digital change of all sectors of modern economy.

Publication in "HR Performance"

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The job in the bag - Interview with Christian Baier on the topic "Development and Implementation of a Job App"

Deutsche Bank restructures. Existing positions will be eliminated and new ones created. A specially developed app shows the bank's employees quickly and precisely what new job opportunities they have. Christian Baier helped develop and implement this app. immobilienmanager spoke to him about it.

Publication in the "Real Estate Manager"

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Not always the full program - Agile project approach in a non-agile enterprise environment

"Agile Project Management" and "Scrum" - the Next Big Thing. Everybody is talking about it and many a consultant would prefer to oblige entire large corporations to unconditional agility. In practice, however, things usually look different.

Publication in the "HR Performance"

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Women in salary negotiations - "Tell me what to earn!"

The problem of the gender pay gap is well known. But why is it that women with the same qualifications often earn less than men? Claudia Irsfeld has conducted a number of job interviews and salary interviews and has found answers and solutions that go beyond what the literature provides.

Publication in "managerSeminare"

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Hard on the own wind practice - Training for business consultants

Consultants are a demanding target group as training participants. In order to build a constructive and intensive relationship with them, trainers have to get involved with them and adapt the seminar accordingly. An HR manager from a medium-sized management consultancy and an external trainer report on how this works.

Publication in "Training aktuell"

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Guest lectures on Human Resources Management

Congresses and lectures in 2017-2019


Congresses (guest speaker: Christian Baier)

  • 04.04. -05.04.2019 - Gravity - Konferenz für Employer Branding & Arbeitgeberattraktivität
  • 10/30/2018 - Hessischer Unternehmertag (Wiesbaden; nur Sponsor)
  • 09/13/2018 - 10. HR Forum (Mainz)
  • 05/30/2018 - Personalkongress Hessenmetall (Frankfurt)
  • 05/03/2018 - Kongress KlinikManagementPersonal (Hannover)
  • Bayme vbm (Personalkongress 2017) – Digitale Transformation in HR ein Beispiel aus der Praxis
  • Zukunftskongress Staat und Verwaltung 2017 – Digitalisierung in HR
  • 9. Roundtable-Meeting Kompetenznetzwerk Krankenhausmanagement 2017 (Planung und Steuerung von Krankenhäusern) – Skill-Management
  • Gipfeltreffen Immobilienmanager Human Resources 2017 – Digital Transformation HR

Guest lectures universities (guest speaker: Christian Baier)

  • 06/20/2018 - Universität Mainz „Strategische Unternehmensführung“
  • 06/13/2018 - Universität Düsseldorf „Strategisches Personalmanagement“
  • 05/29/2018 - Universität Göttingen „Digitalisierung in HR“
  • 01/17/2018 - Universität Mainz „Workforce Management“


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Dr. Heiko Mauterer

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