Welcome to XOLAS! We are an innovative consultancy partnership helping business schools and universities achieve their strategic ambitions.

Our approach is unique — we provide advisory services informed by advanced data analytics to help our clients rationalize their development plans and performance targets.

Because we care

Business Schools and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are facing a variety of challenges, the most important ones being technology-driven disruptions in teaching & learning, rising financial pressures, heightened international competition, and changing demographics.

The creation of XOLAS reflects the strong personal and professional desire of the founders to guide and support business schools and HEIs in dealing with these challenges. We offer our services “because we care”, because we believe in the higher purpose of higher education and consider business schools as an integral part of this sector.

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Our services

Advisory Services

XOLAS supports clients in strategy development and implementation, in organizational refocusing and restructuring, as well as in targeted efforts to enhance managerial effectiveness. We provide an external market perspective and facilitate the mapping of project outcomes into external recognition by stakeholders and quality assessment bodies.

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Knowledge Solutions

XOLAS aspires to be a thought leader in the higher education sector by producing insights on development opportunities available to business schools and universities and challenges facing them. Our research feeds into the development of metrics that link institutional responses to quality enhancement, business and societal impact, market recognition and financial performance.

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Intelligence Solutions

At XOLAS, we believe that higher education leaders require sound business analytics to rationalize decision-making and enrich external communication. We apply data analysis to give our clients clarity on market positioning and likely impact of development actions. We build analytic tools that enhance managerial effectiveness, while at the same time targeting compliance of external quality and performance standards.

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Training Solutions

XOLAS offers customized coaching to aid the implementation of advisory outcomes delivered to clients. XOLAS further provides turn-key training solutions to business schools, universities and other organizations interested in implementing the design internally or supplying them to their stakeholders. The XOLAS team selectively contributes to the facilitation of professional development offers.

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Financial Advisory

While the disruptive forces in higher education are creating manifold opportunities for development and growth, they will also expose some institutions to crisis and financial distress. XOLAS offers its competencies in risk and restructuring advisory to help clients address these challenges from a strategic and operational perspective.

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Strategic Network

Strategic Partnership with STUDYPORTALS

XOLAS proudly announces its strategic partnership with STUDYPORTALS. The collaboration is aimed at complementing each other’s strengths in benchmarking for business schools and data analytics for universities. The collaboration will primarily be aimed at business schools, matching institutional strength with real-time international student interest. Together, XOLAS and STUDYPORTALS will develop advisory solutions to enhance and promote the internationalization of client institutions, enable better targeting of recruitment markets, and help to improve faculty and student quality.

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Member of AACSB International

XOLAS is a member of the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal : to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,500 member organizations and more than 785 accredited business schools worldwide.

partners & team

As founding partners, we combine many years of professional experience in higher education and bring a range of complementary competencies to bear when interacting with our clients.

We work with a network of independent consultants and seasoned university executives enabling us to deliver speed and scale when addressing our clients’ needs.


The Overlooked Power of Faculty Information Systems

Faculty is considered a key if not the most important strategic resource of a business school (or any academic institution for that matter). At the same time, business schools suffer from a very fragmented understanding of their faculty’s competencies, track record...

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Smart Data Analytics: A Competitive Advantage

Many schools use data-driven business intelligence to analyze their markets and their competition, but they could do so much more with data. Smart data analytics combines an in- and outward focus of analysis as well as a top-down and bottom-up approach in strategic...

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Universities need to prepare better for high risk crises

Ulrich Hommel explains why universities need to sharpen their awareness of Gray Rhino risks, i.e., risks that are clearly visible but ignored until they are materializing themselves as costly shocks. COVID-19 is a perfect example and post-crisis risk management...

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