We help organizations flourish

Red42 is an innovation power house on the fringe of organizational development and L&D. Our work is aimed at organizational decentralization and transformation, on working the system. All our services, including consulting, are short-duration & high-impact. We also offer a wide range of proprietary products and events Everything we do is based upon the organizational model called the BetaCodex, as well as upon approaches we developed. Such as the brand new Relative Targets (2021), OpenSpace Beta (2018), Cell Structure Design (2019) and LearningCircles by Red42 (2019).


The spirit of consistent self-organization and decentralization, rooted in adamantly democratic principles, is visible in everything that we do. Red42 offers a fresh take on learning & development – for organizations of all kinds.


The fastest way to get our advice is the Get Unstuck virtual advisory.

Online info sessions on Work the System from Red42

Info Hour: OpenSpace Beta – 16 March 2021. Read the invitation.  Sign up now on Eventbrite!

Info Hour: Relative Targets – 27 April 2021. Read the invitation.  Sign up now on Eventbrite!

Info Hour: Cell Structure Design – 06 May 2021. Read the invitation.  Sign up now on Eventbrite!

BetaCodex MasterClass with Niels Pflaeging

The 2nd edition of our new online learning format is coming March/April 2021! Check out our invitation!

Now also in German language!

Silke & Niels about OrgPhysics – an article from HR People+Strategy Journal

"The formal structure and the informal structure can be enablers of value creation and lubricants of work. But they cannot themselves produce performance, success, competitiveness or value." In 2010, Red42 founders Silke Hermann and Niels Pflaeging developed the concept of OrgPhysics: The world's first robust theory of organizational structure, power and leaderships. In its 2020 Fall Issue, People+Strategy Journal (published by SHRM) features an article by Silke and Niels (together with Brad Winn from the Huntsman School of Business) on OrgPhysics. Read the full article here!

New stuff from Red42

Work the System: 100% hero-free

We believe that great organizations, organizational development and growth do not require heroes. - neither internal ones, nor external ones.  In complex times, executives or top managers need not be heroes at all. Accordingly, none of our approaches, which include OpenSpace Beta, Cell Structure Design, Relative Targets and LearningCircles by Red42 requires heroism, nor does it produce heroes. Our work is 100% hero-free – guaranteed.

New from Red42: Relative Targets

Red42 published Relative Targets as an open source social technology in February 2021. The roots of Relative Targets reach back two decades: It is based upon the BetaCodex and Beyond Budgeting, as well as on 17 years of client work by Niels and Silke. Find the conceptual overview and the open source license here!

LearningCircles by Red42: Effective organizational learning

Organizations in complexity need internal learning economies - well beyond traditional Learning & Development (L&D), knowledge management, personnel development or leadership programs. In companies, learning method must be effective for the individual, for the team and for the organization. That is no easy feat.

Red42 aims at researching and developing self-organized, group-based, engaging, insightful, weaving, and immediately effective learning economies for today´s organizations. Built on coherent, contemporary didactics, or learning method.


Didactics is the key. Great didactics focus on mastery, not just knowledge. It promotes self-organized learning, not dependence. It produces individual and collective insight, not just individual experience. It is enamored with social interaction, not with technology. It is mind-boggling & stimulating - never boring.