Fresh approaches to learning in and development of organizations

Founded in 2018, Red42 is an innovation-centric power house on the fringe of organizational development and L&D. We are dedicated to research and development of truly innovative social technologies on the fringe of organizational development and L&D. We do this In exchange with colleagues. With like-minded peers around the world, and with existing networks. Beyond consulting. Beyond coaching. Beyond courses, trainings and seminars. Beyond leadership programs, eLearning or MOOCs. Red42 offers a fresh take on learning & development – for organizations of all kinds.


Learn more about our first innovations from 2018 to 2020: OpenSpace Beta, Cell Structure Design and LearningCircles by Red42!vDo not miss visiting our shop: It  features a lot of new publications & products!

OpenSpace Beta: Nominated for the XING NEW WORK AWARD 2020

OpenSpace Beta from Red42 has been shortlisted at the Xing New Work Award in the award category “New Work: Enabler”. With this nomination, Very Fast Organizational Transformation is moving into the public eye in the German-speaking countries. The award winners are being selected by popular voting. Vote now to support our work!

An article on OrgPhysics from 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 business books written & published by Red42

OpenSpace Beta - the handbook in EN and DE - released in late 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Zellstrukturdesign (Cell Structure Design)  - the book in DE was released in April 2020.

Essays on Beta, Vol. 1 - Niels´ first collection of articles - released on 02 October 2020. Now available!

Complexitools - Silkes´ and Niels´ long-awaited hit book will be published in EN by the end of 2020.

100% hero-free method

We believe that great organizations, organizational development and growth do not require heroes. That transformation does not require consultants. That in complex times, top managers need not be heroes at all. Accordingly, our method, which includes OpenSpace Beta, Cell Structure Design, and LearningCircles by Red42 is 100% hero-free!

New from Red42: Cell Structure Design

Red42 published Cell Structure Design as an open source social technology in June 2019. The roots of Cell Structure Design reach back two decades: It is based upon the BetaCodex and Beyond Budgeting, as well as on 16 years of client work by Niels and Silke. Find the conceptual overview and the open source license here!

We promote effective organizational learning & development

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.