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What is the 7-S model?

The 7-S model depicts a company with seven core variables that are essential for shaping the company and at the same time identify starting points for intervention. Originally conceived as a tool for management consultants, the model can also be used to secure competitive advantage.

  • strategy
  • structure
  • systems
  • special skills (skills)
  • core staff (staff)
  • style/culture
  • self-image (shared values/superordinate goals)

The 7-S-model distinguishes between “hard factors” (strategy, structure, systems – also cold triangle) and “soft factors” (skills, staff, style, shared values – also warm quadrilateral).

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