P&P International is a virtual independent Management Consultancy Group. It’s main area of activities of the members is in management development projects in the new Federal States of Germany and in Middle and Eastern Europe.The members of this group started in the End of 1992 in this business. During the last year’s, P & P INTERNATIONAL could achieve a standard of expertise and flexibility to meet the demands of its clients with a network of backstopping experts and partner consultancies. As you will find there our main activities in the past were dealing with the problems of the new Federal States of Germany. Thereby you will find the following key characteristics of our services:
experiences in different branches and sectors
experience in different types of consultancy like e.g. technical assistance, policy advice and training
experiences in forming and leading multidisciplinary consulting teams: On Basis of our backstopping experts and our expert data files, in which a multitude national and international experts are registered, we have the ressources and the flexibility to form a consulting team targeted for the requirements of the project.
However, the objective of this paper is not only to report on past sucesses of P & P INTERNATIONAL, but, especially to introduce to our diversified services with a particular reference to the problems of Middle and Eastern Europe. In the past years we could observe in Middle and Eastern Europe that the problems and programmes tend to focus toward three areas as:
Small and Medium sized companies
privatisation of government owned industries
conversation of Military Industrial Complex and management consultancy.
The choice of various projects in this field is obvious:
a market economy needs the existence of small and medium sized companies in all economic sectors from e.g. production to commercial services in order to give the economy the flexibility and plurality to meet the requirements of ist people. On the other hand this group of companies needs the assistance of an effective banking system and further advisory service.
a market economy needs to be in private ownership. Only through the self determination of individual participants in the economy, the objectives of a society can be followed. Hence, private units are to be expected in their small and medium as well as privatisation programmes and private organizations require financial services.
As we can see, those three areas are closely interlinked and:
Each sector needs individual expertise for developing a masterplan to implement the changes required in a market economy.
All three areas need joint expertise for developing a strategy that incorporates the needs and the development of each other area to a comprehensive programm.
In response to those needs and problems in Middle and Eastern Europe, P & P
INTERNATIONAL did consider these issues while developing their own services to
those problems. As a result, we were able to design a pool of backstopping
experts which is able to offer individual areas and as a team to maintain a
comprehensive approach in the way to a market oriented economy in Middle and
Small and medium sized companies are the pulls of the economy in the European Community, the development of small and medium sized companies in the Middle and in the Eastern European Countries will be the motor in the transition to a market economy. Only with a shift from big state owned organisations to especially private owned small companies one is able to create a flexible, dynamic economy able to respond quickly to the needs of its consumers. The slogan „Small is beautiful“ finds here its particular value. Thereby as consultants we do need to address to the following problems:
to create support units and networks which smaller companies can refer to seek assistance or advice
to create an environment where smaller companies do have a chance to survive
to review the infrastructure in order to ensure access of smaller companies to consumer and supply markets
to assist in the foundation and start up of a company
to provide the necessary managerial skills and know how necessary in a small business management
to provide training opportunities for managers and owner managers necessary for a successful small business management.
On the basis of our background we are able to offer the services as described in the following table to assist existing and new small and medium sized companies as well as the supporting units serving this type of companies.