Our Publications

HR Strategy and Organization in Public Organizations

Study | 29. January 2019

Digital transformation is currently the most urgent challenge faced by public organizations, especially in their HR areas. Despite this situation, competencies and resources to implement digitalization measures are (still) in short supply in many public organizations. The present study clarifies this situation.

Findings on the maturity level of the HR function in agile transformation

Study | 18. December 2018

Kienbaum and DGFP have used a framework model for the agile HR function to determine the current maturity level of HR and personnel management in the context of its agile transformation. In a survey between HR personnel from 118 companies in Germany, strengths and development needs regarding agile HR methods, organizational structures and control instruments, work forms, competencies, leadership concepts and behaviors as well as digital technologies within the HR function and personnel development were identified.

The Future of the Workplace in the Digital Revolution

Study | 19. November 2018

The Kienbaum Institute @ ISM and the online job platform Stepstone interviewed 13,500 employees and executives from the business world in a study on the future of the workplace. The results of the second part of our study shows that: When it comes to flexibility, organizational structure or satisfaction, executives sometimes experience their daily work completely differently from employees. This is the second part of the study in our series publications.

2018 Graduate Survey: Have You Found a Job or Are You Still Looking ?

Study | 14. June 2018

The Graduate Study 2018 not only evaluates the current results, but also includes a comparative analysis of the last three years of the survey, which shows clear trends and characteristics of Generation Y. The survey took place as part of the graduate congress in Cologne and comprised 119 graduates from universities.

Six Months Duty to Provide Information According to the Remuneration Transparency Act

Study | 5. June 2018

The Remuneration Transparency Act is on everyone's lips. Since it came into force half a year ago, a right to information has been in effect in Germany in order to ensure more gender equality in salaries among employees. Kienbaum asked employers in Germany again about the current state of affairs after our December 2017 study "Are you ready for the Remuneration Transparency Act?" had a good resonance.

Study of Chief Digital Officers 2017/2018

Study | 28. February 2018

Kienbaum, together with bitkom's managing director and digital bosses and IT managers from various industries, interviewed them and summarized their experiences in the CDO study. Find out how the role of the CDO is currently defined in companies, which competencies and responsibilities are associated with it and how this new function is lived in practice.

Talent Management Study 2018

Study | 22. January 2018

Kienbaum first surveyed both personnel decision-makers and employees separately and, in the 2018 Talent Management Study, painted a clear picture of the current situation in the talent management field and the personnel development area that supports it. In addition, find out which factors play a truly important role for successful talent management and what action recommendations for HR managers emerge from the findings of the study.

IT Agility

Study | 12. December 2017

The All-Agile IT study surveyed more than 250 IT decision-makers and provides valuable information on how IT organizations can maximize the added value of agile methods and structures and use them profitably for the company.

HR Strategy and Organization 2017

Study | 19. October 2017

At the beginning of 2017, the personnel and management consultancy Kienbaum and the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung e. V. "(DGFP e. V. ) conducted a study on the status and perspective of the HR function in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Performance Management in Transformation

Study | 26. September 2017

Performance management is changing and performance management processes are on the agenda of the vast majority of companies. This is confirmed by the participants in our study. The importance in companies will continue to grow and many plan short-term changes.

The right Organization for Digital Transformation

Study | 29. August 2017

Digital transformation puts pressure on companies across all sectors to scrutinize their own business divisions and forms of organization, and adapt their business models to the new challenges. Jointly with Kienbaum, the Bavarian Employer Associations for the Metalworking and Electrical Industry (bayme vbm) has circulated a questionnaire on the topic of digitization to its member companies and has compiled the results in a research study.

Corporate Governance 4.0

Study | 6. June 2017

This year, we have placed our study under the topic "Corporate Governance 4. 0 - Supervisory Board work between legal requirements, added value and digitalization". Not only legislation and regulation, but also digitalization are changing the requirements for fulfilling these tasks.

Organization chart of German companies 1/2

Study | 27. April 2017

The study of the online job platform StepStone and the management consultancy Kienbaum shows in which structures skilled workers work today, how they imagine work in the context of digitalization and what companies can do to attract and retain the best talents.

People over Pixels

Whitepaper | 11. April 2017

With leading employees, it is not a question of either/or between digital and analog, but of both/and - in short: a question of digilogue leadership. Everything becomes digital - everything? On the contrary: Humaneness is gaining in importance in digital change, explains Fabian Kienbaum in the White Paper.

Future Management Development Study 2017

Study | 22. February 2017

What will executive development look like in the future? Which contents and formats are offered to managers for the further development of their management and leadership competencies? Where are there differences between the present and the future of management development? This study explores these questions and more.

University Strategy and Governance

Study | 9. January 2017

Where should the management and decision-making structures of higher education institutions develop? What about their strategic capability? The Stifterverband and Kienbaum asked the presidents and rectors of German universities for their opinions on these questions, and 103 university heads responded.

Generation Y – Is it all just a cliché?

Whitepaper | 21. December 2016

A new generation of employees is on the advance and places new demands on managers. A survey presented in this white paper showed which prejudices are actually true about the young generation of employees.

The disruptive supervisory board

Whitepaper | 28. November 2016

How do supervisory boards steel themselves to confront digital transformation? A digital mind set, skill set and tool set and the courage to admit new members to one’s own ranks are all important requirements in order for the controlling body to embrace disruptive changes and provide agile support to the board of directors.

The Same Salaries for Women and Men

Whitepaper | 21. November 2016

The gap in salary between women and men will soon be a thing of the past: The Family Ministry has presented a draft law to ensure equal salaries for equal activities. Kienbaum has looked at the nearly 100-page draft law and they have worked out what companies need to be prepared for in the White Paper.

Women in Leadership Positions: Perspectives from Practice

Study | 22. September 2016

One year after the keenly debated law on “gender quotas” and one year before the end of the first reporting period, BDI and Kienbaum have conducted research on how companies are faring with the statutory gender proportions.

Connected Car Study

Study | 7. April 2016

The networked automobile is the future, process and know-how problems the present. The Connected Car study shows where it flaws on the way to digitalized mobility among people and organization of car manufacturers.

Women – Power – Government – State 2015

Study | 9. September 2015

What about the proportion of women in leadership positions in state governments? Kienbaum took a closer look at the compositions in Berlin, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony.

Earnings Differences between Men and Women Performing Comparable Jobs

Study | 19. March 2015

The equal pay of men and women is hotly debated in public and politics. This study examines the differences in comparable activities.

Sales Excellence 2.0

Study | 16. March 2015

Medium-sized companies depend on long-lasting and trusting customer relationships in order to survive in international competition. Sales as a bridge to the customer is the decisive factor here - Kienbaum has analyzed the situation in this study.

What Generations Y, X and Baby Boomers Expect from Their Employers

Study | 1. March 2015

Executives and personnel managers manage three to four generations of employees at the same time. It's good to know what each generation expects from the job and what skills they have.