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.

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

Award nomination for "Essays on Beta, Vol. 1"

Niels' latest book, a collection of short texts on progressive, modernist organizational theory and practice has been shortlisted for the Business Book Awards 2021. Essays on Beta, Vol. 1 competes in the International Business Book category for this UK-based awards. See the full list of nominees for the awards, here!

Info sessions on the Work the System approaches

Info Hour: Relative Targets – 06 July 2021. Read the invitation.  Sign up now on Eventbrite!

Info Hour: Cell Structure Design – 03 August 2021. Read the invitation.  Sign up now on Eventbrite!

Info Hour: OpenSpace Beta – 07 September 2021. Read the invitation.  Sign up now on Eventbrite!

New stuff from Red42

BetaCodex MasterClass w/Niels Pflaeging

The 3rd edition of our exclusive online learning format is coming June 2021! Check out our invitation!

OrgPhysics: An article from HR People+Strategy

"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!

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 corporate learning for all

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.