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.

Our services

Strategy and Quality Enhancement Practice

We enable clients to map development aspirations into strategic plans. We facilitate the effective execution of these plans and help to communicate outcomes as quality improvement achievements to external stakeholders, including accreditors and ranking providers. We help to identify development actions that yield adequate reputational returns in terms of upward movement in the rankings.

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Portfolio and Technology Practice

We assist clients in the evaluation and transformation of (degree and non-degree) program portfolios and provide the entrepreneurial capacity to establish new programs that are aligned with institutional aspirations. We help clients to embed modern technologies into educational offerings to augment delivery and to enhance the eLearning capabilities of faculty and staff.

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Risk Management Practice

We help clients to implement risk management as a core decision support function that fosters the development of an institutional risk culture and clarifies risk appetite on a strategic and operational level. Our software solution allows for the institution-wide tracking of risk management activities and standardized reporting to satisfy compliance requirements.

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Founders & team

Your success is about more than where you’ll go and how you’ll get there, it is about who you partner with to realize your ambitions.

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Mathias Falkenstein

Founder & Managing Director

Ulrich Hommel

Founder & Managing Director

Strategic Network


New Partnership with WeLearn

XOLAS proudly announces that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Hangzhou WeLearn Education Technology Co. LTD (WeLearn). Both partners intend to jointly engage in the launching of advisory and training solutions for the Chinese as well as the wider Asian...

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Why Innovation Is Mission Critical!

Ulrich Hommel, MD of XOLAS, has published a thought-provoking article, titled "The Continuously Rewired Business School", on the expanding importance of innovation for business schools in the future. Co-author is Martin Meyer, Vice Rector of the University of Vaasa....

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Fostering Resilience in Degree Program Provision

Ulrich Hommel, Leader of the XOLAS Risk Management Practice, was a contributing facilitator of the EFMD Global Executive Academy in May 2022. His session focused on how to mitigate risks and enhance the resilience of degree provision in business schools. Summary:...

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XOLAS and ARLANTO enter into strategic alliance

We are honored to announce our new strategic alliance with Arlanto GmbH. Arlanto is a provider of software solutions and advanced data analytics that enable higher education institutions to rationalize their strategy selection and institutional development. Together...

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Shared Learning in Higher Education

Ulrich Hommel, Managing Director of XOLAS, has contributed a chapter to the edited volume Digital Transformation and Disruption in Higher Education, published by Cambridge University Press (April 2022). Editor is Andreas Kaplan of ESCP and co-author is Kai Peters of...

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Future-Proofing the Business School Faculty

Ulrich Hommel served as facilitator of the Faculty Management Program organized by EFMD Global. His session focused on the different ways of making the business school faculty more future-proof. The event page can be accessed here. The content of the session is...

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