Sustainability consulting firms in Australia 2008

CORPORATE social responsibility (CSR) involves business organisations acting in the interests of society by taking responsibility for the impact of their activities on customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, communities, the environment, and other stakeholders.

Increasing concern about global climate change is shifting consumer preferences in favour of green and organic products, as well as putting pressure on national governments to put in place environmental restrictions and regulations.

In response to these increasing concerns, there has been a proliferation over the last ten years of consulting firms specialising in sustainable development and the establishment of socially responsible environmental practices.

The following list of sustainability consulting firms forms part of the full list of consulting firms in Australia:

  1. Net Balance Management
  2. EcoSTEPS Sustainability Partner
  3. GHD
  4. Greensynergy Consulting
  5. Urbis
  6. EcoSmart
  7. GerrardBown
  8. tdaEnvironmental Consulting
  9. Umwelt Environmental Consultants
  10. Carbon Reduction Institute
  11. Third Ecology Architects
  12. Water Conservation Group
  13. SEE Sustainability Consulting
  14. Enigin
  15. Neco Sustainability Consulting
  16. Hayes Environmental Consulting
  17. Sustainable Consulting
  18. Carbon Business
  19. Aria Sustainability Consulting
  20. Greenbizcheck
  21. Permaforest
  22. Ecowise Environmental
  23. HASSELL
  24. Carbon Navigator
  25. EcOz – VDM
  26. Earth Systems
  27. Ecos Environmental Consulting
  28. Coomes Consulting Group
  29. Green Pass
  30. Impact Environmental
  31. Vim Sustainability Consulting
  32. Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility

1. Net Balance Management

Website: www.netbalance.com

Founded in 2007, Net Balance has its head office in Melbourne, and also operates out of Sydney.

Net Balance and has grown to become one of Australia’s largest and most significant providers of sustainability advice, assurance and research, combining strategic advice with technical capabilities.

Net Balance’s sustainability services cover the full value chain. Net Balance offers services within the key areas of strategy, implementation and reporting, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy assessment and strategy, economics and policy, community investment and social impact evaluation, environmental management, and supply chain policy and practice.

The Net Balance Foundation is a parallel not-for-profit that draws on Net Balance’s expertise. Up to 20 per cent of staff time is devoted to the Foundation, providing affordable services to not-for-profit organisations and bringing the firm’s thought leadership to life through research, events and training.

Net Balance also houses ECO-Buy, a membership program for organisations to access sustainable procurement expertise, resources and peer networks and the Tomorrow’s Agenda Research Institute, which leads the firm’s research function.

2. EcoSTEPS Sustainability Partner

Website: www.ecosteps.com.au

Founded in 1999, EcoSTEPS has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in Australia and New Plymouth in New Zealand.

EcoSTEPS provides a range of sustainability related products and services focusing on strategy development, implementation, and the development of training and change programs.

3. GHD

Website: www.ghd.com/australia

Founded in 1928, GHD operates in 14 countries and has an integrated network of offices throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and the Americas.

GHD is an international professional services company of architects, engineers, drafters, planners, scientists, management consultants and economists. GHD contributes to the goals of sustainable development and is committed to managing the social, economic and environmental impacts of its operations and assisting its clients to manage theirs. GHD is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and contributes to their focus areas of Energy & Climate, Development, the Business Role and Ecosystems.

4. Greensynergy Consulting

Website: www.greensynergy.com.au

Founded sometime around 2005, Greensynergy Consulting is based in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

Greensynergy Consulting provides sustainability services for building and construction projects, as well as providing sustainability research and education.

5. Urbis

Website: www.urbis.com.au

Founded as a property consulting firm in Melbourne in 1963, Urbis has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Dubai.

Urbis is an interdisciplinary consulting firm offering services in planning, urban design, property, social planning, economics and research.

6. EcoSmart

Website: www.ecosmart.com.au

Founded in 2003, EcoSmart operates in Sydney and Melbourne.

EcoSmart provides residential and commercial sustainability consulting services. This includes the provision of independent advice , installation for energy and water efficient products and services, and carbon offsetting.

7. GerrardBown

Website: www.gerrardbown.com.au

GerrardBown operates out of Melbourne.

GerrardBown is a sustainability strategy consultancy working in partnership with its clients to position them for long-term success.

8. tdaEnvironmental Consulting

Website: www.tdaconsulting.com

Founded in 2000, tda environmental consulting is located in Sydney.

tda is a sustainability service provider for any industry. In particular, tda is the principal environmental management service providers for film site locations within Australasia. tda is also market leaders in developing sustainability solutions for the energy, utilities and property sectors.

9. Umwelt Environmental Consultants

Website: www.umwelt.com.au

Founded in 1993, Umwelt operates out of Perth and Toronto, NSW.

Umwelt provides comprehensive services to assist its regional, national and international clients with diverse aspects of environmental planning, assessment and management.

10. Carbon Reduction Institute

Website: www.carbonreductioninstitute.com.au

The Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI) is based in Sydney and services clients from across Australia and overseas.

CRI is an experienced carbon management consultancy and offers a full suite of services to corporations, small businesses and individuals.

11. Third Ecology Architects

Website: www.thirdecology.com.au

Third Ecology Architects is based in Geelong, Victoria.

Third Ecology Architects are multi award winning, experienced and practical sustainability architects who specialise in architecture services, sustainability advice and consulting, energy ratings and BCA Section J reports.

12. Water Conservation Group

Website: www.watergroup.com.au

Water Conservation Group is located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Water Conservation Group provides a complete consulting, design and construction service to help business reduce water consumption, conserve potable water, and manage water resources.

13. SEE Sustainability Consulting

Website: www.seesustainability.com.au

Founded in 2005 by David Blyth in order to provide sustainability solutions to business, SEE Sustainability Consulting is based near Newcastle.

SEE Sustainability Consulting specialises in partnering with businesses to lower energy bills, lower greenhouse emissions, reduce waste management costs and lower water bills. SEE Sustainability Consulting also has a strong commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.

14. Enigin

Website: www.enigin-wa.com

Founded in 2008, Enigin has offices in Western Australia, NSW and Queensland.

Enigin assists organisations around the world to address the growing problems of rising energy costs, dwindling energy resources and climate change by implementing proven energy saving strategies. Enigin provides a five step program called EnergyMaps™ that includes: 1) Automatic Monitoring and Targeting; 2) Staff education and incentives; 3) Energy Audit; 4) Implementation of Energy Saving Technology with guaranteed savings up to 40%; and 5) Implementation of renewable generation.

15. Neco Sustainability Consulting

Website: www.neco.com.au

Founded in 2004, Neco operates out of Sydney and Melbourne.

Neco offers a range of services for businesses looking to improve their sustainability practices, including: providing guidance on cultural change; assisting business maintain momentum and credibility; assisting businesses to change internal processes to better monitor environmental impacts; identifying and managing tradespeople, engineers and/or installers; selecting and acquiring carbon offsets.

16. Hayes Environmental Consulting

Website: www.hayesenviro.com.au

Founded in 2000, HEC is based in Sydney.

Hayes Environmental Consulting is dedicated to providing quality and cost-effective consulting services in the form of: environmental site investigations; soil and water quality assessments; hazardous materials surveys; and management of contaminated sites.

17. Sustainable Consulting

Website: www.sustainable.net.au

Founded in 2001, Sustainable Consulting is based in Perth.

Sustainable Consulting works with businesses, government, NGOs and community groups to help them achieve widely-valued economic, social and environmental outcomes.

18. Carbon Business

Website: www.carbonbusiness.com.au

Located in Adelaide, Carbon Business is a professional service provider for organisations taking up the opportunities and challenges of climate change. Carbon Business has alliance partners across Australia helping businesses to strategically position for the low carbon economy.

19. Aria Sustainability Consulting

Website: www.ariaps.com.au

Founded in 2000 by Rick Maddox, Aria Sustainability Consulting has its office in Elanora, Queensland (approximately 100km south of Brisbane and 10km north of Tweed Heads).

Aria Sustainability Consulting is a small Gold Coast based consulting engineering company providing advice on sustainability solutions for the built environment. Aria’s mission is to facilitate the uptake of economic sustainability solutions through the provision of the highest standard of professional consulting engineering services.

20. Greenbizcheck

Website: www.greenbizcheck.com

Located in Brisbane, Greenbizcheck is an environmental certification company which helps businesses to save money whilst reducing their impact on the environment and offsetting dangerous carbon emissions. Clients complete a checklist which prescribes the reduction of energy, waste and water usage. Once a rigorous benchmark is achieved, clients receive a high quality certification with offsets calculated by the Department of Climate Change.

21. Permaforest

Website: www.permaforest.com.au

Founded in 1997, Permaforest operates in the Northern Rivers/Gold Coast hinterland region of Australia.

Permaforest is an environmental land planning and design service provider. Services offered include rural development, environmental land planning & design, sustainability consulting, project management.

22. Ecowise Environmental

Website: www.ecowise.com.au

Ecowise Environmental has been operating nationally for more than 30 years, and has offices in Canberra, Sydney, Nowra, Newcastle, Moruya, Mudgee, Muswellbrook, Port Kembla, Brisbane, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Hobart, Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo and Wangaratta.

Ecowise Environmental provides water-related and environmental consulting services to clients across Australia. Its expertise includes: strategy development and research; planning and design; procurement advice; risk management and audit; environmental monitoring; and conditional assessments of natural assets.

23. HASSELL

Website: www.hassell.com.au

In Australia, HASSELL has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Bunbury, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. HASSELL also has offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

HASSELL is a planning and design consultancy providing architecture, interior design, planning, sustainability and urban design services. HASSELL is a founding member of the Green Building Council and believes in being responsive to the climate, using resources and energy more efficiently, conserving species and fostering biodiversity, and minimising waste production.

24. Carbon Navigator

Website: www.carbonnavigator.com

CarbonNavigator™ is an online carbon management system designed by tradeslot Pty Ltd.

25. EcOz – VDM

Website: www.ecoz.com.au

EcOz Environmental Services is a fully Australian-owned and well respected environmental consulting business with 17 years experience in providing environmental services to industry, communities and government in northern and central Australia. The company was established in 1990. EcOz merged with the VDM Group in July 2006.

EcOz offers a range of environmental services including: assessment, reporting, auditing, development of management plans, risk assessment and surveys.

26. Earth Systems

Website: www.earthsystems.com.au

Founded in 1993, Earth Systems has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Shanghai and Laos.

Earth Systems seeks and implements innovative and effective solutions to environmental problems. It has consulting, project management and research and development capabilities in the environmental sector.

27. Ecos Environmental Consulting

Website: www.ecosec.com.au

Founded in 1999, Ecos is based in Melbourne.

Ecos is dedicated to providing services in the areas of natural resource management, sustainable development and public health. Ecos provides a unique service to the water and environment industries throughout Australia, with an emphasis on technically challenging projects.

28. Coomes Consulting Group

Website: www.web.coomes.com.au

Founded in 1984, CCG has offices in Melbourne, Shepparton, Bendigo, Albury/Wodonga and Geelong.

CCG is a multi-disciplined firm of consulting engineers, surveyors, planners, landscape architects and urban designers. CCG has expertise in sustainable development practices.

29. Green Pass

Website: www.greenpass.com.au

Green Pass Australia was founded to address the rapid emerging need for Australian business to take action against climate change through the development of sustainable business practises. Green Pass Australia supports carbon dioxide reduction and through sustainability, offsetting and clean energy.

30. Impact Environmental

Website: www.impactenviro.com.au

Based in Port Macquarie, Impact’s key focus areas include: waste management, environmental education, training, and conferences.

31. Vim Sustainability Consulting

Website: www.vim.net.au

Founded in 2003 by John Brodie, Vim is based in Sydney.

Vim offers sustainable building design, construction and operational solutions on a range of construction projects including: single dwelling homes, apartments, multi-storey offices, hotels and shopping centre developments.

32. Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility

Website: www.accsr.com.au

Founded in 2003, ACCSR serves clients in Australia from its office in Melbourne.

ACCSR helps organisations build performance and competitive advantage through responsible business practices.

33. Cundall

Website: www.cundall.com.au

Founded in 2003, Cundall is a leading ESD consultancy with 15 offices around the world. In Australia, Cundall has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Cundall provides services in a range of industry sectors including ecologically sustainable design (ESD), mechanical, electrical, hydraulic , fire and vertical transportation engineering. Cundall’s services broadly fall into the categories of planning, procurement, operation and metrics (rating tools and simulation).

Daniel Kahneman on improving the decision making process

IN MAY 2008 the McKinsey Quarterly spoke to Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, notable for his work on behavioural finance and hedonic psychology, about quality control and improving the decision making process.

1. The decision factory

Kahneman says that you can think of an organisation as a factory for producing decisions. The organisation might produce other things, but it produces decisions at all levels. Thinking about decisions as a product is a useful way to think about it, because it immediately raises the issue of quality control. As an organisation, whenever you have a product you take measures to ensure that your product meets certain standards.

2. Improving the quality of decisions

What can be done to improve the quality of decisions that are produced?

Kahneman indicates that quality control of decisions will be organised, in part, by bearing in mind those mistakes that are common and recurrent, and by making a deliberate effort to check whether those mistakes are happening.

Are there ways of eliciting the best information that is available in an organisation? Are the talents of the people that surround the decision maker utilised effectively? In many cases the answer is no. One could do a great deal better in utilising the human resources and information that are available in the process of decision making.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of hostility to the idea of improving decision making processes. Kahneman argues that as there is convergence to a decision, dissent becomes progressively more difficult and costly. Some changes, even though they may be desirable, are not adopted because they threaten the leadership of the organisation too much.  As such, people warning of potential disaster are increasingly set aside, shunned and treated as basically disloyal to the organisation that is committing itself to do something.

3. Pre-Mortem

Given that improving the decision making process is a difficult task, Kahneman presents the idea of the “Pre-Mortem”, an idea that he borrowed from one of his contemporaries, Gary Klein.

The Pre-Mortem is a simple idea, and involves a very straightforward procedure that benefits an organisation by helping to improve the decision making process. When you have a plan that is being formulated, convene your group for a short meeting. The meeting might be led by the person in charge or facilitated by someone else. Either way, the group should be presented with the following scenario: “it is a year from now. We have implemented the plan. It was total a disaster. You have a sheet of paper in front of you, write down a history of the disaster.” After giving everyone some time to write down their ideas you collect the pieces of paper and read them out. The process does not have to involve an extensive discussion.

The beauty of the Pre-Mortem is that it legitimises dissent. In fact, it does more than legitimise dissent. In organisations where the members are competitive, you expect people to think quite hard about the flaws in the idea and what could go wrong. In a room of twenty people you might expect three or four new ideas that can be used to readjust and improve the proposed plan of action.

4. Anchoring

Kahneman identifies anchoring as one of the big sources of mistakes in the process of decision making.

When you think about some quantity, like the amount of time it will take to finish a project, the first number that gets mentioned has an enormous impact on the way that people think.

Kahneman states that the psychology of anchoring is simple and happens automatically. There is nothing we can do about it. You retrieve a biased sample of information and then you evaluate that sample, and then it is already too late.

Kahneman provides a simple explanation of anchoring. Imagine you have a group of people. You ask them to write down the last four digits of their social security number, and then to consider a question, is the number of physicians in Manhattan higher or lower than the number you just wrote down? Now you ask the group, what is your best guess about the number of physicians in Manhattan? Kahneman suggests that what you are going to find is a difference of roughly 30% in the size of the estimates between the people with high social security numbers and the people with lower social security numbers.

When there is a particular number that is critical to a decision, try to trace down where the number came from, who brought it up first, and what information was used to support that number initially. Tracing down the history of a number is an example of something that is not too hard to do and, Kahneman believes, is almost guaranteed to improve things.

One implication of anchoring is that, if you are the leader and want to have an honest discussion about a number, you shouldn’t start with a number.

5. Opinions on paper, pre-discussion

Making discussions more fruitful and productive is something that we should think about. Kahneman provides one suggestion of how this might be done.

Before initiating a discussion solicit the opinions from each member of the group on paper. If you are going to generate an estimate of a number, for example what price is to be offered for a particular project, then getting opinions from the group on a slip of paper is going to improve the quality of the discussion.

This approach will help to draw out dissenting points of view. Once the discussion has begun, some group members may choose not to voice their dissenting opinion or may silently acquiesce to the prevailing view. Obtaining everyone’s starting position before the discussion ensues avoids this from happening.

In some cases, soliciting individual opinions before you discuss can make the discussion unnecessary. Kahneman gives an example of his involvement in an academic committee where he implemented this idea. In deciding whether to fund particular grants, the academics discovered that they loved to discuss, at great length, grants on which they all agreed. Soliciting individual opinions prior to discussion resulted in a significant reduction in the amount of time wasted on discussion.

List of consulting firms in America

PREVIOUSLY I created a list of certain consulting firms in Australia. I have decided to do the same thing for the United States. This list provides quick access to a list of the top consulting firms in America and provides a short description of each. I hope you find it useful.

The list of consulting firms is long, so I divided the firms into 5 categories. I have only listed each firm once, but some firms could easily have been placed under more than one heading. The breakdown is a pretty ad hoc, but hopefully it makes the list a little easier to digest. Within each category, the firms are ordered as they appear in the Vault Guide to the Top 50 Management and Strategy Consulting Firms (2008 edition). Let me know if you find this list helpful.

Without further ado, the 5 categories of consulting firms are as follows:

  1. General business and strategy consulting
  2. IT consulting
  3. HR consulting
  4. Economic advisory and executive education
  5. Litigation support services

General business and strategy consulting firms in America 2008

General business and strategy consulting firms

THE list of general business and strategy consulting firms forms part of the full list of consulting firms in America:

  1. McKinsey & Company
  2. Boston Consulting Group
  3. Bain & Company
  4. Booz & Company
  5. Booz Allen Hamilton
  6. Monitor Group
  7. Oliver Wyman
  8. The Parthenon Group
  9. Deloitte Consulting LLP
  10. L.E.K. Consulting
  11. Marakon Associates
  12. A.T. Kearney
  13. Accenture
  14. Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
  15. Katzenbach Partners LLC
  16. Cambridge Associates LLC
  17. CRA International
  18. Mars & Co
  19. ZS Associates
  20. Arthur D. Little
  21. Navigant Consulting, Inc
  22. BearingPoint
  23. First Manhattan Consulting Group
  24. Kurt Salmon Associates
  25. Stern Stewart & Co.
  26. Analysis Group, Inc.
  27. Dean & Company
  28. Giuliani Partners LLC
  29. PRTM
  30. Strategic Decisions Group
  31. OC&C Strategy Consultants
  32. Putnam Associates
  33. Mitchell Madison Group
  34. FTI Consulting

1. McKinsey & Company

Website: www.mckinsey.com

Founded in Chicago in 1926, McKinsey is the world’s most prestigious consulting firm and operates in 90 locations across 51 countries. In America McKinsey operates out of Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Boston, Stamford, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

McKinsey works internationally in a broad range of industries with large private sector institutions, governments and other non-profit institutions.

2. Boston Consulting Group

Website: www.bcg.com

Founded in 1963 by Bruce Henderson, BCG operates in 66 offices across 38 countries. In America, BCG operates out of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

BCG specialises in business strategy and draws most of its clients from the 500 largest corporations worldwide, as well as working with smaller companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

3. Bain & Company

Website: www.bain.com

Founded in 1973 when Bill Bain and others left BCG to form Bain & Company. Bain operates in 38 offices across 25 countries. In America BCG operates out of San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, New York and Atlanta.

Bain is well-known for offering services like due diligence, IPO preparation, portfolio profit improvement and revenue enhancement geared toward leveraged buyout and venture capital firms.

4. Booz & Company

Website: www.booz.com

Founded in Chicago in 1914 by Edwin G. Booz, Booz & Co broke away from Booz Allen Hamilton in 2008. The company operates in 55 offices across six continents. In America Booz & Co operates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, McLean, Florham Park, Parsippany, and New York.

Booz & Co has its main area of expertise in strategy and technology consulting, working in the commercial sector.

5. Booz Allen Hamilton

Website: www.boozallen.com

Founded in Chicago in 1914 by Edwin G. Booz, the company was split in two in 2008. The company operates in 68 offices globally, 64 of which are in America.

Booz Allen Hamilton’s clients are government agencies and institutions that want to change their organizations.

6. Monitor Group

Website: www.monitor.com

Founded in 1983, one of its co-founders was Michael Porter creator of the Five Forces analysis framework. Monitor operates in 29 offices across 18 countries. Monitor has its head office in Cambridge and also operates out of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

Monitor works with corporations to help them grow, governments to help them improve economic development, and non-profits to help them grow their social impact.

7. Oliver Wyman

Website: www.oliverwyman.com

Founded in 1970, the company operates in more than 40 cities across 16 countries. In America, Oliver Wyman has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Lisle, Los Angeles, Melville, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Princeton, Reston, San Francisco, Troy, and Washington D.C.

Oliver Wyman has expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, organizational transformation, and leadership development.

8. The Parthenon Group

Website: www.parthenon.com

Founded in Boston in 1991, the Parthenon Group operates out of Boston, San Francisco, London and Mumbai.

The Parthenon Group are strategic advisors with a boutique philosophy. The majority of its business revolves around corporate advisory to global 1000 corporations and high-potential growth companies, private equity, education and health.

9. Deloitte Consulting LLP

Website: www.deloitte.com

Founded as an accountancy office in London in 1845, Deloitte has member firms in nearly 140 countries worldwide. In America Deloitte has offices in more than 80 cities.

“Deloitte” is the brand under which a collection of independent firms collaborate globally to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, and tax services.

10. L.E.K. Consulting

Website: www.lek.com

Founded in 1983, LEK has 20 offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. In America, LEK has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

LEK advises FTSE 100, Eurotop 300, Fortune 500 and the largest Asia-Pacific firms in business strategy, finance, marketing and sales, operations, organization, and transaction services.

11. Marakon Associates

Website: www.marakon.com

Founded in 1978, Marakon operates out of Chicago, London and New York.

Marakon’s advice stems from the point of view that a company should be managed to create the most long-term value possible for its owners. In particular, Marakon helps clients in the areas of strategy, execution, organic growth, growth through acquisition, producivity, risk management, leadership & organisation, and managing for value.

12. A.T. Kearney

Website: www.atkearney.com

Founded in 1926, A.T. Kearney has offices in 34 countries around the world. In America A.T. Kearney operates out of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

As one of the largest high-value management consulting firms in the world, A.T. Kearney has a broad range of capabilities and expertise ranging from strategy to operations, business technology, enterprise services transformation and executive search.

13. Accenture

Website: www.accenture.com

Founded in 1989, Accenture has offices and operations in more than 150 cities across the world. In America Accenture operates out of Phoenix, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek, Denver, Hartford, Wilmington, Washington D.C., Miami, Tallahassee, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Florham Park, Murray Hill, Albany, New York, Charlotte, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Reston, Seattle, and Milwaukee.

Accenture has expertise in a broad range of industries and provides a range of services including: customer relationship management, finance management, marketing, service management, strategy, supply chain management, and talent management.

14. Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Website: www.rolandberger.com

Founded in 1967 in Munich, Roland Berger has 36 offices worldwide and is very well represented in Europe. In America Roland Berger operates out of Chicago, Detroit, and New York.

Roland Berger is committed to three core values: excellence, entrepreneurship and partnership. Its expertise includes branding, corporate finance, corporate responsibility, financial & risk effectiveness, IT, manufacturing, marketing, organization, real estate management, research and development, restructuring, sales, strategy, and supply chain management.

15. Katzenbach Partners LLC

Website: www.katzenbach.com

Founded in 1998, the firm expanded its office locations to New York, Houston, Chicago and San Francisco.  As of June 5, 2009, Katzenbach Partners has joined Booz & Company. For more information about this combination, please click here.

Prior to joining Booz & Company, Katzenbach described itself as providing a range of services aimed at bringing organizations to peak performance, including: business strategy, informal & formal organization, leadership & capability development, motivation & pride, performance improvement initiatives, and change management.

Within Booz & Company, The Katzenbach Center focuses on the development and application of innovative ideas for organizational culture and change, based on a guiding philosophy of client-based innovation. The Center promotes new thinking on achieving breakthroughs in higher performance, developed through active collaboration with clients and thought leaders around the world.

16. Cambridge Associates LLC

Website: www.cambridgeassociates.com

Cambridge Associates was founded in 1973 by Jim Bailey and Hunter Lewis after they conducted a comprehensive review of Harvard University’s investment approach. Cambridge Associates has 7 offices worldwide. In America it has offices in Arlington, Boston, Dallas, and San Francisco. Overseas it has offices in London, Singapore and Sydney.

Cambridge Associates began serving private clients in 1982, however nonprofits remain its core client base. Cambridge Associates selectively works with large institutional investors beyond the nonprofit world including pension, agency, and government funds.

17. CRA International

Website: www.crai.com

Founded in 1965, CRA has headquarters in Boston and 26 offices across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. In America CRA has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, College Station, Dallas, Houston, New York,Oakland, Pasadena, Philadelphia, Pleasanton, Salt Lake City, Tallahassee, and Washington D.C.

CRA offers economic, financial, and business management expertise to major law firms, industries, accounting firms, and governments around the world. It claims particular strength in analytics and offers litigation and regulatory support, business strategy and planning, market and demand forecasting, policy analysis, and risk management consulting.

18. Mars & Co

Website: www.marsandco.com

Founded in 1979, Mars & Co has offices in Greenwich(Connecticut), San Francisco, London, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai.

Dominique Mars formed Mars & Co because he felt it was essential for a strategy consulting firm to guarantee the exclusivity of its services to each client. Its major “raison d’être” remains to bring competitive leverage to a very limited number of clients and serve them worldwide on an exclusive basis. That is, Mars is the only consulting firm of any consequence to guarantee “fidelity”.

19. ZS Associates

Website: www.zsassociates.com

Founded in 1983 by Andris A. Zoltners and Prabhakant Sinha, two marketing professors from the Kellogg School of Management, ZS Associates operates out of 17 offices in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific. In the America ZS Associates has offices in Boston, Chicago, Evanston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Princeton and San Francisco.

ZS Associates is a global management consulting firm specializing in sales and marketing consulting, capability building, and outsourcing. A large portion of its work is with Global 500 companies, although it also has a substantial number of client relationships with mid-market, small, and start-up companies.

20. Arthur D. Little

Website: www.adlittle.com

Founded in 1886, Arthur D. Little was the world’s first management consultancy. ADL has 29 offices across 20 countries. In America it has offices in Boston, Houston and New York.

Arthur D. Little offers information management, operations management, strategy & organization, sustainability & risk, and technology & innovation management.

21. Navigant Consulting, Inc

Website: www.navigantconsulting.com

Navigant has offices in over 40 cities in North America, Europe and Asia. In America it has offices in Chicago, Seattle, Rancho Cordova, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Irvine, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, Coral Gables, Reston, Vienna, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Lawrenceville, New York, Westbury, Fairfield, Burlington, Boston, and Troy.

Navigant provides independent consulting services across industries undergoing substantial regulatory or business-model change. Representative industries include: construction, energy, financial services, healthcare, insurance, legal, and government services.

22. BearingPoint

Website: www.bearingpoint.com

BearingPoint has 170 offices across 36 countries and has its headquarters are in McLean, Virginia. In America BearingPoint has offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

BearingPoint describe themselves as management and technology consultants and provides various services including: Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Agility, Enterprise Solutions, Finance Solutions, Managed Services, Management Consulting, Outsourcing, Search Solutions, Strategy, Process & Transformation, Supply Chain Management, Technology Infrastructure & Integration.

23. First Manhattan Consulting Group

Website: www.fmcg.com

Founded in 1980, FMCG has office in New York (HQ), Seattle, Boston, and Taos.

FMCG’s mission is to be the consulting firm of choice for managers of financial services firms.

24. Kurt Salmon Associates

Website: www.kurtsalmon.com

KSA has offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Princeton and San Francisco.

KSA is a global leader in supply chain management and technology solutions, and is the premier solutions provider to the retail, consumer products, and health care industries.

25. Stern Stewart & Co.

Website: www.sternstewart.com

Founded in 1982 in New York by Joel M. Stern and G. Bennett Stewart III, Stern Stewart has offices in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa.

Stern Stewart is a global consulting firm that specializes in helping companies in the measurement and creation of shareholder wealth through the application of tools based on modern financial theory. The company pioneered the development of its proprietary EVA® (Economic Value Added) framework, which offers a consistent approach to setting goals and measuring performance. In addition, Stern Stewart provides consulting services in the area of corporate financial policy with an emphasis on restructurings and recapitalizations, share repurchases, acquisitions and divestitures, and financial strategy.

26. Analysis Group, Inc.

Website: www.analysisgroup.com

Founded in 1981, Analysis Group has offices in Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Montreal, San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Menlo Park, New York, and Washington D.C.

Analysis Group provides economic, financial, and business strategy consulting to law firms, corporations, and government agencies.

27. Dean & Company

Website: www.dean.com

Dean operates out of Washington D.C.

Dean is a strategy consulting firm. Dean assists Fortune 500 companies on strategic issues and involves itself in various industries including: financial services, life sciences, private equity, manufacturing, and telecommunications.

28. Giuliani Partners LLC

Website: www.giulianipartners.com

Founded in 2002, Giuliani operates out of New York.

Giuliani is dedicated to helping leaders solve critical strategic issues, accelerate growth, and enhance the reputation and brand of their organizations in the context of strongly held values. Giuliani’s professional guidance to leaders is based on 6 fundamental principles: integrity, optimism, courage, preparedness, communication, and accountability.

29. PRTM

Website: www.prtm.com

Founded in 1976, PRTM has 19 offices worldwide. In America PRTM has offices in Boston, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Orange Country, Dallas, Detroit, New York, and Washington D.C.

PRTM has expertise in operational strategy, supply chain management, product development, customer value management, and business technology innovation.

30. Strategic Decisions Group

Website: www.sdg.com

Founded in 1981, SDC operates in the US out of its Californian Palo Alto office.

SDC is a strategy consulting firm renowned for applying leading-edge decision theory to uncover opportunities for creating shareholder value.

31. OC&C Strategy Consultants

Website: www.occstrategy.com

Founded in 1987, OC&C has 15 offices across 10 countries, namely: Abu Dhabi, Boston, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Rotterdam, San Francisco, and Shanghai.

OC&C is a strategy consulting firm.

32. Putnam Associates

Website: www.putassoc.com

Founded in 1988, Putnam has offices in London and Burlington, Massachusetts.

Putnam is a strategy consultancy to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

33. Mitchell Madison Group

Website: www.mitchellmadison.com

Founded in 1991, MMG has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Manila, Paris and Munich.

MMG’s work combines global perspectives and economic insight with deep expertise ranging from corporate and business unit strategy to cost optimization.

34. FTI Consulting

Website: www.fticonsulting.com

Founded in 1982, FTI has offices in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific. In America FTI has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Bethesda, Boston, Brentwood, Cambridge, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Rockville, Saddle Brook, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Tucson, and Washington D.C.

FTI is in the business of assisting organizations with important legal, financial and reputational matters. FTI offers highly specialized expertise in the areas of compliance, risk, reputation, liability, performance, finance and information.

IT consulting firms in America 2008

THE list of IT consulting firms forms part of the full list of consulting firms in America:

  1. Gartner, Inc
  2. Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Inc.
  3. Capgemini
  4. PA Consulting Group

1. Gartner, Inc

Website: www.gartner.com

Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut and advises executives in 80 countries. Gartner also has offices in Sydney, Tokyo, London, and São Paulo.

Gartner is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.

2. Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Inc.

Website: www.diamondconsultants.com

Diamond is headquartered in Chicago, with locations in Hartford, New York, Washington D.C., London, and Mumbai. The company is publicly traded on the Nasdaq.

Diamond is a management and technology consulting firm working across a broad range of industries.

3. Capgemini

Website: www.capgemini.com

Founded by Serge Kampf in Grenoble in 1967, Capgemini is headquartered in Paris and operates in more than 36 countries. In America Capgemini has offices in New York, Rosemont, Atlanta, Bloomfield, Burbank, Chicago, Cleveland, Cupertino, Dallas, Detroit, Freehold, Herndon, Houston, Irvine, Jersey City, Junction City, Lee’s Summit, Marlborough, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Southfield.

Capgemini is one of the top five IT services and consulting companies worldwide. Capgemini’s mission is to enable its clients to transform and perform through technologies. The firm is grouped into four major disciplines: consulting services, technology services, outsourcing services, and local professional services.

4. PA Consulting Group

Website: www.paconsulting.com

PA has its corporate headquarters in London and operates in 32 offices across 14 countries. In America PA has offices in Cambridge, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Madison, New York, Princeton, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

PA has technology development capability, expertise across key industries and government, and a unique breadth of skills from strategy to IT to HR to applied technology.

HR consulting firms in America 2008

THE list of HR consulting firms forms part of the full list of consulting firms in America:

  1. Hewitt Associates
  2. Towers Perrin
  3. Watson Wyatt

1. Hewitt Associates

Website: www.hewittassociates.com

Founded in 1940 as an insurance brokerage firm, it now has offices in 33 countries. In America Hewitt Associates has offices in Newport Beach, Pleasanton, San Francisco, Norwalk, Washington, DC, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Atlanta, Lincolnshire, Chicago, Hunt Valley, Waltham, Kalamazoo, Troy, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Bridgewater, New York, Charlotte, Independence, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Irving, The Woodlands, Falls Church, and Milwaukee.

Hewitt Associates is the world’s largest provider of multi-service HR business process outsourcing (BPO), and the only firm fully integrating HR outsourcing and consulting.

2. Towers Perrin

Website: www.towersperrin.com

Founded in 1934 in Philadelphia, Towers operates in 75 offices across 22 countries (excluding its alliance partner offices in South Africa, India, Austria, and Poland). In America Towers operates out of Atlanta, Austin, Bloomington, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Parsippany, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Stamford, Tampa, Valhalla, and Washington, D.C.

Towers is a global professional services firm that helps organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management.

3. Watson Wyatt

Website: www.watsonwyatt.com

Formed in 1878 in the UK as an actuarial firm, Watson Wyatt operates in 103 offices across 33 countries. In America it operates out of Atlanta, Berwyn, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Paramus, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Rochelle Park, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Seattle, St. Louis, Stamford, Tampa, and Washinton D.C.

Watson Wyatt is a global consulting firm focused on human capital and financial management. They specialize in four areas: employee benefits, human capital strategies, technology solutions and insurance and financial services.

Economic advisory and executive education firms in America 2008

THE list of Economic Advisory and Executive Education firms forms part of the full list of consulting firms in America:

  1. NERA Economic Consulting
  2. Corporate Executive Board
  3. The Advisory Board Company
  4. Gallup Consulting

1. NERA Economic Consulting

Website: www.nera.com

Founded in 1961, NERA has 20 offices worldwide. In America it operates out of Boston, Chicago, Denver, Ithaca, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and White Plains.

NERA Economic Consulting is an international firm of economists with more than 45 years of experience creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations. They specialize in industrial and financial economics.

2. Corporate Executive Board

Website: www.executiveboard.com

Founded in 1983, CEB has offices in Washington D.C. (HQ), Chicago, San Francisco, London, New Delhi and Sydney.

CEB provides best practice research, decision-support tools, and executive education to CEB members. Members include companies from over 50 countries and 80% of the Fortune 500.

3. The Advisory Board Company

Website: www.advisoryboardcompany.com

Founded in 1979, The Advisory Board Company operates out of Washington D.C.

The Advisory Board Company serves a membership of more than 2,700 leading hospitals, health systems, universities and other mission-driven enterprises in the States and globally. The firm offers an array of services including: research, executive education and leadership development, decision-support tools, and consulting.

4. Gallup Consulting

Website: www.gallup.com

In operation for more than 70 years, Gallup has 40 offices across 20 countries. In America Gallup has offices in Washington, D.C., Omaha, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Omaha, Princeton, and San Francisco.

Gallup Consulting is a global research-based consultancy, specializing in employee and customer management. Gallup’s reputation for delivering relevant, timely, and visionary research on what people around the world think and feel is the cornerstone of the organization. In particular, the Gallup Poll assists leaders to identify and monitor behavioural economic indicators worldwide.

Litigation support service firms in America 2008

THE list of Litigation Support firms forms part of the full list of consulting firms in America:

  1. LECG
  2. Cornerstone Research
  3. Huron Consulting Group

1. LECG

Website: www.lecg.com

Founded in 1988 by distinguished faculty from the University of California at Berkeley to provide independent testimony, authoritative studies and advisory services to inform business, regulatory, and judicial decision makers and help resolve commercial disputes. LECG has 33 offices across 10 countries. In America it has offices in Cambridge, Century City, Chicago, College Station, Costa Mesa, Emeryville, Evanston, Houston, Lake Oswego, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Vienna, Washington D.C., and Wayne.

LECG, a global expert services and consulting firm, provides independent expert testimony, original authoritative studies, and strategic and financial advisory services to clients including Fortune Global 500 corporations, major law firms, governments and agencies worldwide.

2. Cornerstone Research

Website: www.cornerstone.com

Cornerstone has offices in Boston, Los Angeles, Menlo Park, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Cornerstone provides high-quality expert testimony and economic and financial analysis to attorneys in all phases of commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings.

3. Huron Consulting Group

Website: www.huronconsultinggroup.com

Founded in 2002, Huron has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago (HQ), Dallas, Detroit, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington D.C.

Huron helps clients address complex challenges that arise in litigation, disputes, investigations, regulatory compliance, procurement, financial distress, and other sources of significant conflict or change.