Bricks and Mortar

Builders intuitively know that if you are building a house then you need both bricks and mortar, and they need to be arranged in a certain way in order to construct a safe, functional and attractive residence.

The bricks provide strength, the mortar holds it all together, and the architect’s plan ensures that they are arranged in an appealing way.

This seems like a common sense approach to building.

However, when it comes to building organisations in the corporate world, this basic logic regularly gets thrown by the way side.

All too often, organisations idolize super stars. The solid bricks. Those individual over-achievers who it is believed will enable organisational success.

But how much effort is spent on giving people the philosophy, community, time and space that they need to work together in a productive and harmonious way?

And how much care is taken to ensure that the right people get placed in the right parts of the organisation for maximum effect?

People are important, and talented individuals will often be able to make a big contribution. But wonderful organisations (like buildings that are able to stand the test of time) will always be more than the sum of their parts.

Conversation with 2020 Delivery

2020 Delivery2020 Delivery is a management consultancy committed to improving public services and bringing about lasting change within public sector organisations.

I recently had the good fortune to talk briefly with Mike Meredith who is a Director at 2020 Delivery, and leads the firm’s people development function.

Please read the edited transcript of my discussion with Mike below. This will be of particular interest for students and recent graduates who have an interest in the public sector.

Tom Spencer: I understand that 2020 Delivery works primarily with the public sector providing strategy, capability building and performance improvement.

Mike MeredithMike Meredith: We work only with public services. We don’t have an oil and gas division. We don’t have a New York office. We’re not going to send you to Canary Wharf to work in finance. We only work in public services, and so far just in the UK.

Tom Spencer: When graduates join you do they typically work within one of your service lines or do they work across all of them?

Mike Meredith: Good question.

Most often early in client relationships we will get procured to do one thing; the three broad service lines are strategy, capability building or performance improvement. We train people in how to think and it’s never quite as simple as saying we’re doing a performance improvement project, not training. There is always a bit of overlap.

I was in touch with a government contact yesterday offering them some training in strategic problem solving. What tends to happen with that client is that we build off the first project. Much of the work in consulting depends on relationships and trust. If you work well with someone and provide good service then they are much more likely to ask you to do other things. We have a very good record of having long term sustainable relationships with clients – over 80% of our current projects are repeat business.

Tom Spencer: 2020 Delivery works with public sector organisations, and I understand that the clients are loosely grouped into healthcare, government departments, and education. Can you tell us a bit more about the kind of clients that you tend to work with?

Mike Meredith: In terms of sectors that’s an accurate reflection.

We’re currently about 75% health, and the rest of our clients are education and government departments.

In health, our clients include big teaching hospitals and secondary care providers. We are doing a piece of work at the moment where we are working with the chief executive and with everybody down from there to the therapists on the ward in the hospital. We have to be pretty adept at speaking the language that different individuals in the hospital will find engaging.

2020 has a growing education practice, and universities are our main client in the education space. They are actually quite analogous to hospitals. They are led by professional groups of academics or consultants, there are lots of support structures in place, and they are of a similar size.

Our third group of clients are government departments or government agencies. Much of our work in this area in the last few years has been training and mentoring.

Tom Spencer: When graduates come on board, would they be expected to sit within one of those industries, for example be primarily focused on health, or would it depend on the needs of the clients?

Mike Meredith: Very much the latter. Our aspiration for anyone who joins us is for them to be comfortable across both the breadth of service lines, so to be a competent strategist, business improvement consultant and mentor, and to be able to work across any sector environment.

What we also encourage in people is to find their preference, find that spike, find the thing that they want to be known for. And so, what we try to engender as a company is pursuing elements of what you think you are and would like to become rather than forcing people to become a thing they don’t want to be. If people have a desire to develop a functional model or understand how hospitals really work we allow people to pursue particular interests.

Tom Spencer: What kind of training and mentoring does the firm provide for graduates?

Mike Meredith: The first point to stress is that 80% of your learning will be in front of a client dealing with a problem. We plan that in your first or second week you will be in front of a client, helping to solve a problem.

We have a role modelling development structure. You will be working with a project manager or a director, and you learn a huge amount from the role modelling that they give you.

However, it’s not just development by osmosis. We have a curriculum of four or five particular training courses that we send people on over the first two years.

Furthermore, everybody in the company has a career manager, with whom they can discuss projects, where they want to invest value, and how they want to develop. Those discussions can lead to discrete training, new opportunities, or future project deployment.

In terms of the training courses we offer, for example, a three day strategic problem solving course, and a two day course in performance improvement training. We also have particular training courses around client engagement, presenting in meetings, and presentation skills so that people get an equal balance of hard analytical skills and soft engagement skills. You are most convincing in front of the client if you blend those right.

Tom Spencer: What is the working environment like at 2020 Delivery?

Mike Meredith: We aspire to give our consultants the right balance of autonomy, skills mastery and a sense of purpose so that they can deliver value to our clients from day one. We also expect everyone, irrespective of level, to show entrepreneurial spirit and thought leadership to progress how we run our business. Being a small consultancy, there are also many internal business functions (such as the annual strategy process and product development) to which everyone contributes.

Tom Spencer: What is 2020 Delivery’s travel model?

Mike Meredith: Most of our clients are located in London or at an easily commutable distance from London. When we work with clients further afield we do travel to them, but most consultants are not away for multiple nights each week.

Tom Spencer: For all of the aspiring consultants out there, what would you say distinguishes 2020 Delivery from other management consulting firms?

Mike Meredith: There are three points of difference to highlight.

The first one is that we work only with public services. That’s a strong point of difference for us. Either people like that or they don’t like that. If you are motivated by the problems that are facing healthcare, education and immigration enforcement then we are the people to come to.

The second is that we make decisions on who to work with and what to work on based on whether we think we can actually make a difference. We don’t have a focus on our own growth as an end in itself, we will grow if we think that we can supply a need that the clients really have. We test every opportunity through the lense of “can we have an impact with this piece of work”. If we can, great, and if we can’t, then we won’t do it. That’s one of the central tenets of the company.

The third point is that we do expect a lot of our consultants from day one. You’ll be in front of a client with a real problem often within the first week. We give you all of the support that is required, and we recruit people who are self-starting, enjoy that challenge and are comfortable with autonomy.

Tom Spencer: What kind of applicants are you looking for?

Mike Meredith: 2020 Delivery relies on exceptional individuals who adhere to our four core values of optimism, rigour, humility and respect. We require all our consultants to have great problem solving skills, to be numerate, and to be passionate about achieving lasting change in public services.

Tom Spencer: When are you accepting the next round of applications?

Mike Meredith: We will open for graduate and internship applications in September 2015. We recruit for experienced hires on a rolling basis.

Tom Spencer: What kind of roles will you be hiring for?

Mike Meredith: We have consultant opportunities for experienced hires, graduates, interns and associates. We are enjoying growing a company that is successful, distinct and fun to be part of.

Tom Spencer: How many graduates are you looking for in the next round? Do you have a goal?

Mike Meredith: We are planning to take in total this year 8 to 10 people across all our grades, and 4 or 5 of those will be entry level consultants. It may not sound like a lot from an absolute perspective but that’s 25% of our workforce.

Tom Spencer: What does your recruitment process involve?

Mike Meredith: Our recruitment process involves:

  • CV and Cover Letter review
  • Successful candidates are invited to take a Problem Solving Test online
  • Two interview rounds. The format is likely to vary but would typically involve:
    • Two case study interviews in each round: the first round interviews are typically conducted by consultants and the second round interviews by members of the executive team;
    • A presentation; and
    • An informal coffee chat with one of our consultants.

Tom Spencer: What kind of candidates tend to be successful in securing a position with 2020 Delivery?

Mike Meredith: Really interesting question.

We started off 9 or 10 years ago with quite a strong ex-engineer base but actually what we have found is that we take as many humanities students as we do scientists. The reason is that, as well as being reasonably numerical and analytical, and we need everyone to be able to manipulate numbers well, logical problem solving is actually something that you develop through a history degree or an English degree as much as through an engineering degree. So in terms of background we are completely agnostic. What we like to see is a successful and self-starting background, whatever you’ve got.

The people who tend to do well tend to have a breadth of interests. Not only have they done well academically, they have been involved in other things whether it be a sports team or the debating union. Having multiple interests shows to us that you can work with a range of people and on a wide range of subjects.

The other thing is that because we are public service focused, there should be some evidence of an affinity towards the public sector; a record of volunteering for example.

We receive lots of CVs and covering letters. The single most obvious way of improving your chances of getting a job at 2020 Delivery is if you write a really compelling 2020-focused covering letter.

Having looked at many applications over the years it surprises me how relatively infrequently people have taken the time to write a really good cover letter; a letter that tells me you’ve been on the website and you understand our business. The best letters will do things like quote our service lines, quote our case studies, or include a reference to talking with a named individual at the Oxford careers fair, for example.

Tom Spencer: Once people are actually in the firm, how does it work in terms of promotion? Does 2020 Delivery use an “up or out” policy?

Mike Meredith: No, no, absolutely not. We are meritocratic and generally we have recruited well so people progress more quickly than anticipated. A few years ago we thought that people would spend about 2 years in a grade, but actually what we found is that people actually spend a year or 18 months in a grade and we can’t hold them back.

We don’t have an “up or out” policy partly because we recruit well, but also we try to do the best for our people. There is a natural rate of churn because it’s that sort of industry, and we work hard to increase the retention of the folks who are with us.

Tom Spencer: When people do leave the firm where do they typically go?

Mike Meredith: Good question. Quite often they go to public service organisations, and a couple have in fact become clients of 2020 Delivery. We had one last year join the Foreign & Commonwealth Office; we had one go back to his previous engineering company; and we lost one to a health information company. People who leave tend to stay within the public sector.

Crescendo Partners Still Going Strong!

There were rumors circling last week that Crescendo Partners (the elite global advisory firm based in Sydney) are winding down their operations.

These rumors are incorrect.

Crescendo Partners MD Joseph Crepaldi confirmed to me by email that while the physical office has been closed because the building is being brought down, Crescendo Partners is still active!

Conversation with A.T. Kearney

AT KearneyI recently had the good fortune to communicate with Anne Burley, Director or Regional Talent Acquisition for Asia Pacific at A.T. Kearney.

A.T. Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm with offices in more than 40 countries. A.T. Kearney is a partner-owned firm, committed to helping clients achieve immediate impact and growing advantage on their most mission-critical issues.

Please read the edited transcript of my communication with Anne below. This will be of particular interest for students and recent graduates who are looking to pursue a career in the management consulting industry.

Tom: A.T. Kearney offers a broad range of services including Analytics, Mergers & Acquisitions, Operations and Strategy.

Are graduates able to gain exposure to more than one service line?

A.T. Kearney: Graduates are encouraged to work across practices (industry and service practices) and are largely classed as Generalists until they reach the Manager or Principal level, when it is expected that they will focus on 1-2 practice areas – which can be a combination of industry and service.

Tom: A.T. Kearney has 61 offices in 40 countries. Is it possible for consultants to transfer between offices?

A.T. Kearney: Yes indeed – we have an active internal mobility programme, with opportunities being promoted on our intranet; additionally if a consultant wishes to move to a particular location for personal or professional reasons then we will, if it is feasible, accommodate that.

Tom: What kind of training and mentoring can graduates expect to receive at A.T. Kearney?

A.T. Kearney: All consultants, from junior to partner level, have a mentor with whom they have regular interactions. We have a series of formal and informal training sessions which consultants must join as part of their development – certainly the formal training. These extend from basic introduction-to-consulting workshops, to advanced excel/ppt skills, and of course regular seminars hosted by senior partners to discuss their white papers, recent interesting or topical projects, and subjects relevant to us all.

Tom: How much partner and client contact can junior consultants expect to have at A.T. Kearney?

A.T. Kearney: All projects which our junior consultants (BAs and Associates) work on involve a Partner lead and working on site at the client’s office. As such, there will always be interaction – though it will vary from being part of a larger team, to making a presentation to clients or Partners. (For stories, see: https://www.atkearney.com/web/prospect/our-consultants-stories).

Tom: What would you say are the typical working hours for a junior consultant at A.T. Kearney?

A.T. Kearney: 40-50 hour weeks, depending on project-needs. During critical times, the hours may be longer.

Tom: What is A.T. Kearney’s travel model?

A.T. Kearney: Consultants generally travel to their clients from Monday to Thursday, returning to their home office on Fridays.

Tom: What would you say distinguishes A.T. Kearney Consulting from other management consulting firms?

A.T. Kearney: A.T. Kearney is a partner owned Firm. That’s important because it means that our partners are invested — literally — in the firm’s success. As a result, partners take their role as mentors and coaches very seriously – that’s not something that a lot of other firms can say.

There is a lot of talk about the importance of scale in our business – and while we want and need to further grow, as a billion dollar firm with 60 offices in 40 countries we do have sufficient scale today. We actually think that our size vis a vis our peers is an advantage. Working here does NOT feel like being part of a consulting machine where everyone is just a number.

Culture: our work environment is open and friendly; we are not hierarchical and our people love working alongside our people!

Tom: How many graduates is A.T. Kearney looking to hire over the coming year? How does this compare with last year?

A.T. Kearney: In Australia, more than 10. Exact numbers are impossible to define.

Tom: When is the next round of recruitment application deadlines?

A.T. Kearney: In Australia, March & April 2016 will be the next undergrad deadlines. At MBA level, we recruit from B-schools in Europe and the US as well as locally – so deadlines vary accordingly.

Tom: Does A.T. Kearney Consulting use the case interview in its recruitment process?

A.T. Kearney: Of course!

Tom: How many interview rounds are there?

A.T. Kearney: At campus level, two rounds of 2 interviews.

Tom: What kind of candidates tend to be successful in securing a position with A.T. Kearney?

A.T. Kearney: Traditionally, students from a business/commerce or engineering background have been attracted to consulting, but we actively solicit applications from students in arts and science faculties as well. Students with good communication and teamwork skills – which we look for in interviews – are terrific, and of course the ability to be collegial and open.

Tom: What’s the most common mistake that candidates make when applying and interviewing?

A.T. Kearney: Applications: Badly formatted CVs with errors; applying to the wrong firm in covering emails/letters; missing deadline dates.

Interviewing: not preparing for the interview – which requires knowledge and understanding of case studies (a skill that can be learned); not doing some background research on our firm so that they can ask relevant questions and therefore show interest in our industry.

Tom: Does A.T. Kearney employ an “up or out” policy?

A.T. Kearney: No.

Tom: What exit opportunities have A.T. Kearney’s consultants pursued in recent years?

A.T. Kearney: A.T. Kearney alumni have pursued many diverse roles after leaving the Firm. This ranges from pursuing an MBA, starting their own business or moving into industry.

Tom: Is there any additional information that you think would be helpful for candidates but which we haven’t covered?

A.T. Kearney: We are currently recruiting for candidates for our Case Challenge and Summer Internship.

Applications are currently open on our website (www.atkearney.com.au/careers/apply) and due to close on the 14th of August. The case challenge day will be held on the 21st of August with the internship due to kick off in December and run through to February.

Conversation with North Highland

North HighlandI was grateful for the recent opportunity to communicate with Jennifer Marsh, Global Head of Public Relations Strategy, and Cheryl Coulthurst, Global Head of Talent Acquisition, at North Highland.

Founded in 1992, North Highland is an employee-owned global management consulting firm that has been named as a Best Firm to Work For every year since 2007 by Consulting Magazine.

Please read the edited transcript of my communication with Jennifer and Cheryl below. This will be of particular interest for students and recent graduates who are looking to pursue a career in the management consulting industry.

Tom: North Highland offers a range of solutions including Data and Analytics, Managed Services, Operating Efficiency Ratio, People and Change, Professionalising IT, Social Insights Lab and Strategy and Advisory.

Where does North Highland do the bulk of its work?

North Highland: Our engagements focus on multiple functions and industries and we continue to see a fairly broad variety in all of these areas from our clients. While we do the majority of our work in core consulting, we’ve also added divisions, offerings and solutions where we see a client need and opportunity. Examples of this include our strategy and advisory group, launched in 2014, and we’ve seen tremendous interest in that offering. Our Managed Services offering was launched in the U.S. last year as well and we’ve seen substantial growth in that area.

Tom: Do graduates gain exposure to more than one service area?

North Highland: It often depends on client need, but typically, unless there is a strong interest in specialisation early on, we aim to provide a well-rounded experience and provide a broad view of management consulting to recent graduates.

Tom: Is there a rotation program within or between practice areas?

North Highland: Again, it depends, but if there is interest to rotate between or within practice areas, we certainly work to develop a career path for an individual that aligns with their professional goals.

Tom: North Highland has a broad range of industry expertise including in Energy and Utilities, Financial Services, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Media, Entertainment and Telecommunications, Public Sector, Retail and CPG, and Transportation, Travel and Leisure.

Are graduates expected to pick an industry specialisation?

How quickly are graduates expected to specialise?

North Highland: In terms of industry specialisation, it often depends on the interest of the individual. We do have Global Expertise Networks set-up for many of our industry and functional areas and encourage recent graduate hires to be involved in several to get a feel for what each one does. It doesn’t mean that an individual has to work only on business in that industry, but, for example, if you have an interest in retail, you can gain some exposure to what we do for clients in that space. Some of our people know what they want to specialise in early on, such as Data and Analytics; for others, they may prefer to be more of a generalist. Our successful business model is dependent on having both types of consultants to serve our clients.

Tom: North Highland has around 60 offices worldwide including an office in London and headquarters in Atlanta.

Is it possible for consultants to transfer between offices?

North Highland: Absolutely! We have several team members who started in our London office and are now working in one of our US offices (Seattle and LA come to mind) and vice versa. We have both short and long-term assignments available between the US and the UK, depending on client needs, firm leadership roles, career goals, etc.

Tom: What kind of training and mentoring can graduates expect to receive at North Highland?

North Highland: North Highland has a strong learning and development capability and everyone is required to meet certain levels of training each year, both inside the firm and outside. During year one, our consultants participate in orientation and various other courses, facilitated by firm leaders, all of which provide detail on what we do and how we do it. Additionally, we offer courses in consulting essentials, business analysis, negotiation, and more. Each employee-owner is also partnered with a career coach to help navigate their journey at North Highland. We also encourage informal mentorships.

Tom: How much partner and client contact can junior consultants expect to have?

North Highland: Unlike some larger firms, our consultants are often on-site at client locations and interact daily with the client. Of course, it depends on the engagement, but our consultants typically have client-facing roles early on in their career at North Highland working along side consultants at all grades.

Tom: What are the typical working hours for a consultant at North Highland?

North Highland: Work/life balance is different for every individual and our aim is for our consultants to have access to the tools and resources they need so they can achieve the right balance for them. This could include office and team outings or get-togethers, ability to work-from-home, laptops, technology, etc. We are flexible to ensure our people get the right balance.

Tom: What is the firm’s travel model?

North Highland: The vast majority of consultants work on site with the client in their own cities (and this is very much the case for our London office), and we have a specific team who travel more frequently and want to travel.

Through this approach, we’re able to form lasting and meaningful relationships with our clients because the same people are on site each day, but we can also tap into our global network of experts.

Tom: What would you say distinguishes North Highland from other management consulting firms?

North Highland: North Highland is known for helping our clients solve the complex – we don’t come in already knowing the answer, but work with our clients to define the right approach. We pull from our past experiences in terms of best practices, but we don’t apply a cookie-cutter solution. We are highly collaborative with our clients and continually noted for delivering more value than our competitors. Plus, we have fun whilst doing it!

Tom: Does North Highland employ an “up or out” policy?

How are consultants reviewed?

North Highland: We have several different career paths available to fit the needs, desires and skills of our consultants. We recently reviewed our career progression guidelines and expectations and updated to reflect our current environment and our growth plan in the market. One of the main goals of this review, and the subsequent changes, was to ensure that each consultant has clear expectations of their role, achievable and meaningful goals, and a path to navigate.

Tom: Jennifer and Cheryl, thanks for answering my questions and providing valuable insights about North Highland. I am sure this will prove useful for aspiring consultants who are trying to understand the management consulting industry and make decisions about their future career path.

Conversation with Cartesian

I recently had the good fortune to talk briefly with Adam Fraser who is a Business Analyst at Cartesian.

Cartesian is a specialist provider of consulting services and managed solutions to leaders in the global communications, technology and digital media industries.

Please read the edited transcript of my discussion with Adam below. This will be of particular interest for students and recent graduates who have an interest in the telecoms sector.

Tom: Adam, nice to finally get a chance to talk with you. What is your role at Cartesian?

Adam Fraser: I’m a Business Analyst at Cartesian. I have been with the firm for about 5 months, joining straight out of undergraduate. I work with a variety of companies, typically in the telecoms industry, who are looking for help in formulating strategic approaches to problems; for example, a company looking to enter a new geography or improve their internal procedures, et cetera.

Tom: Cartesian provides consulting in strategy, execution and managed solutions to clients in the global communications, technology and digital media industries. Are graduates expected to pick an industry specialisation?

Adam Fraser: No, nothing like that. You just get involved with everything. They don’t get you to pick particular projects. If you have a preference you can state it, but I think it would be dangerous to limit yourself professionally-speaking.

Tom: Cartesian has offices in Boston, Kansas City, London, New York and Washington.

Are there opportunities for consultants to work with different offices or transfer between offices?

Adam Fraser: On occasion, yes, moving from London to the U.S. has been done, and sometimes people will go to work on a project for a few months at a time. However, there is not a lot of overlap in terms of personnel between the U.S. and London offices. Typically, interaction with an overseas office will involve working in tandem on the same project, without the transfer of personnel to foreign offices.

Tom: What kind of training and mentoring can graduates expect to receive at Cartesian?

Adam Fraser: There is a two-week [on-boarding] training process, followed by Brown Bag sessions (internal training) and external training. Cartesian uses various software packages for analysis, one of which is called Alteryx, and the training teaches you the basics of the software. They will also teach you PowerPoint and Excel skills, and teach you about the key clients that we tend to deal with, for example, companies in the telecoms industry. Beyond this, you receive a great deal of on-the-job training.

Tom: How much client contact can business analysts expect to have at Cartesian?

Adam Fraser: At the business analyst level, you have the opportunity to engage with, and present to, clients and have quite a bit of client interaction, including traveling to client sites.

Tom: What is the firm’s travel model? How much time do Cartesian’s consultants spend on-site with the client?

Adam Fraser: At the business analyst level, not a huge amount of time is spent on-site, it’s mostly in the office. It depends on the particular project you’re working on, though. Some projects may require you to travel to another country and be on-site every day.

Tom: What would you say distinguishes Cartesian from other management consulting firms?

Adam Fraser: I would say, firstly, that the people are really nice, and there is a positive atmosphere. People are interested in what you want to do with your career rather than progression within the organisation itself.

I don’t know anyone here who doesn’t have a good work life balance.

Cartesian consists of strategy and execution departments and the majority of employees are involved with execution and managed solutions. This means that the work atmosphere is probably very unlike other consultancies, like McKinsey or Bain.

Tom: How many graduates is Cartesian looking to hire in the coming year?

Adam Fraser: In the next round of intakes which will be in summer between July and September we will probably take around 2-3 business analysts. We will take any number of experienced hires. It depends on when we find the right people.

Tom: Which universities do you recruit from?

Adam Fraser: The firm will accept applications from anywhere, but they tend to focus on Oxford and Cambridge in the UK for their recruitment processes. However, other Universities are also heavily weighted in terms of judging someone’s academic performance. The firm puts weight on your academic background and you do not have to have experience in the telecoms industry to be hired at the entry level.

Tom: When is the next round of application deadlines?

Adam Fraser: We will begin the new process of recruiting with careers events in October. The application deadline typically falls in around November time.

Tom: Does Cartesian use the case interview in its recruitment process? How many interview rounds are there?

Adam Fraser: Yes, they do. They give you a situation and ask you to do some form of analysis which is mostly quantitative. However, the candidates are not fully judged on obtaining the correct answer, but rather the methodology with which they approach the scenario.

There were two rounds of interviews. Within two weeks of each other. The process is fairly quick.

Tom: Does Cartesian employ an “up or out” policy?

Adam Fraser: No, we don’t have that philosophy.

Tom: How are consultants reviewed?

Adam Fraser: There is a 6 monthly review process.

Tom: What exit opportunities have Cartesian’s consultants pursued in recent years?

Adam Fraser: Different things. Many will move on to the telecoms industry, because they have an expertise in the area. Others may start their own company.

Tom: Is there any additional information that you think would be helpful for candidates but which I haven’t covered?

Adam Fraser: If you are unsure about which consultancy to choose, the one thing you get at Cartesian is daily exposure to experts in the telecoms industry, including Cartesian employees and clients (operators, engineers, et cetera). It is one of the best consultancies if you want to become an industry expert at the same time as learning the consultancy craft.

Conversation with L.E.K. Consulting

LEKI recently had the opportunity to communicate with Janine Clifford, Recruitment & HR Manager at L.E.K. Consulting.

L.E.K. Consulting is a global management consulting firm that uses deep industry expertise and analytical rigor to help clients solve their most critical business problems.

Please read my discussion with Janine below. This will be of particular interest for students and recent graduates who are looking to pursue a career in the management consulting industry.

Tom: LEK offers a range of services including Strategy, Marketing & Sales, Operations and Mergers & Acquisitions. Where does LEK do the bulk of its work? Are graduates able to gain exposure to more than one service line?

Janine CliffordJanine Clifford: The bulk of our work is strategy, M&A, strategy activation and performance improvement. As we are a “generalist” consultancy firm our graduates get exposure to a variety of service lines which is fantastic for their early career development.

Tom: LEK has expertise in many different industry sectors including defence, media, and private equity. Are graduates expected to pick an industry specialisation? How quickly are graduates expected to specialise?

Janine Clifford: There is no expectation that graduates will specialise. One of the benefits of joining LEK is the exposure our people get to a variety of industries. Specialisations occur much later in a career with LEK, closer to Manager level roles. Even then, our Managers and Partners still work across a diverse range of sectors.

Tom: LEK has offices in 21 cities worldwide including offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Is it possible for consultants to transfer between offices within Australia or internationally?

Janine Clifford: Yes, one of the great benefits of being a global firm is being able to offer our people exposure to international opportunities. We offer a “swap” program which provides an opportunity for our people to work in another LEK international office for 6 months. They “swap” with another LEK’er in another office for that period of time. A number of our client engagements also require multi-disciplinary teams and cross regional input. In particular a number of our people have worked on projects across the Asia Pac region of late, in Singapore and Japan.

Tom: What kind of training and mentoring can graduates expect to receive at LEK?

Janine Clifford: LEK has a philosophy of continual learning. This involves a high caliber professional development program which includes formal technical training as well as on-the-job learning experiences. On the last Friday of every month we hold a Back to the Office day which is a day each month dedicated to professional development.

Our team work with their cohort on a range of tailored professional development activities geared at helping our people grow professionally and personally. We also have a fantastic career coach and a buddy program where from day 1 a more experienced LEK’er will guide and support you through your career at LEK.

Tom: How much partner and client contact can junior consultants expect to have at LEK?

Janine Clifford: Our junior Associates have lots of opportunity to work closely with partners and clients. Our Partners are “hands on” throughout the case which provides Associates with early exposure and meaningful involvement on how the case is tracking. We spend quite a bit of time working on client site which provides exposure to the clients environment fostering and encouraging regular contact with clients.

Tom: What would you say are the typical working hours for an LEK consultant?

Janine Clifford: Our Associates and Consultants would average around 55 to 60 hours a week with peaks during critical case periods. The life of a management consultant is certainly a busy one and often involves travel. We do have a number of programs in place to support a work/life balance including TOIL (time off in lieu) following busy periods.

Tom: What is LEK’s travel model?

Janine Clifford: This varies depending upon the case. Our clients are based all over Australia, NZ and in the Asia Pac region. Some in major cities and some in regional or remote locations. Some cases require our teams to work onsite with the client, others from our offices or it might be a hybrid of this. For those teams that travel, typically they work on site from Monday to Thursday and return to the home office for Fridays.

Tom: What would you say distinguishes LEK from other management consulting firms?

Janine Clifford: We believe our culture is a big differentiator from other firms. There’s no room for ego at LEK. Our people are very smart and capable but also very grounded and collaborative. There is a genuine comradery amongst the team that fosters teamwork and personal development.

Tom: How many graduates is LEK looking to hire over the coming year? How does this compare with last year?

Janine Clifford: We look for 10 to 12 graduates each year for Sydney and Melbourne. Our graduate recruitment programs runs every March so we will be back on campus and recruitment in March 2016 for positions commencing in February 2017.

Tom: When are the next set of recruitment application deadlines for graduates and other aspiring consultants?

Janine Clifford: Our focus at the moment is on experienced hires, those with around 3 to 5 years, Associate Consultants and Senior Associate Consultants. We are also in the process of recruiting some new Consultants. These candidates typically have 5+ years of experience and an MBA. We are currently accepting applications for these opportunities and more information can be found on our careers page.

Tom: Does LEK use the case interview in its recruitment process? How many interview rounds are there?

Janine Clifford: Yes, case interviews are a key component of our recruitment process. Associates (graduates) usually have 2 rounds on interviews and Consultants 3 rounds. Case interviews cover quantative and qualitative aspects. We also include behavioural interviews to ensure candidates are aligned with our core values.

Tom: What kind of candidates tend to be successful in securing a position with LEK?

Janine Clifford: We recruit from all disciplines so there isn’t a “typical” background that we look for. Strong analytical, problem solving, quant skills and an entrepreneurial spirit go a long way. We also look for people who align with our values, honesty, integrity, open and transparent communication and leadership capabilities.

Tom: What’s the most common mistake that candidates make when applying?

Janine Clifford: Not investing enough time in the cover letter and resume and not preparing for case interviews. It’s important to spend time on your application to bring your cover letter to life, expressing why you are interested in management consulting as a career and LEK as an employer.

Case interviews can also be quite challenging if you haven’t done one before. I’d suggest spending a number of hours practicing with family and friends to help hone your case interview skills.

Tom: What exit opportunities do LEK’s consultants typically pursue?

Janine Clifford: Our alumni are in so many diverse roles, from strategy to general management to chief advisor and heads of innovation.

Tom: Is there any additional information that you think would be helpful for candidates but which we haven’t covered?

Janine Clifford: We offer an 10 week internship program for penultimate students over the Australian summer break, early Dec to the start Feb. This is a fabulous opportunity for those who are interested in exploring management consulting as a career to get a taste for what it’s like. Our applications will open in mid-July with interviews taking place in August.

Conversation with Vivaldi Partners Group

Vivaldi PartnersI was grateful for the recent opportunity to talk with Heather Tortorello, the talent growth director at Vivaldi Partners Group.

Founded in 1999, Vivaldi Partners Group works across industries to help build strong brands, ignite innovation and drive growth by connecting business strategy with a deep understanding of changing customer contexts.

Please read the edited transcript of my discussion with Heather below. This will be of particular interest for students and recent graduates who are looking to pursue a career in the management consulting industry.

Tom: Vivaldi Partners Group consists of three specialty practice areas:

  1. Vivaldi Partners, your strategic consulting firm;
  2. Fifth Season, your creative powerhouse; and
  3. E-Edge, your organizational engagement and change management program.

Where does Vivaldi Partners Group do the bulk of its work?

Heather TortorelloHeather Tortorello: We work across all practice areas, and a lot of times you’ll see projects that coalesce together to combine the expertise of consultants from different practice areas.

Internships allow graduates to gain exposure across all practice areas and to work within different areas of the business: change management, brand, strategy and innovation.

For full time positions, we have a strong presence within brand, strategy and innovation. There is no rotation program for full time roles, and the nature of the work will depend on who the clients are and the scope of the project. You could be working with change management or innovation and brand strategy.

Tom: Vivaldi Partners Group has worked with a diverse range of clients including companies like Lego, airbnb, BMW, Samsung, and Birkenstock.

Are graduates expected to pick an industry specialisation?

Heather Tortorello: We are a boutique firm, and so our consultants usually have a wide range of opportunities to work with different clients. If a consultant is passionate about a particular industry, we do our best to support a focus in that industry.

Tom: Vivaldi Partners Group has 9 offices globally including an office in London and headquarters in New York.

Is it possible for consultants to transfer between offices?

Heather Tortorello: Good question. The short answer is it depends. New consultants tend to stick with the office where they start to ramp up their skills.

Depending on the clients and scope of work, there is a lot of fluctuation. For example, we could have a consultant from another office working in New York for a one month or two month stay if they are assigned to a large project focused there. It depends on the situation.

Tom: What kind of training and mentoring can graduates expect to receive at Vivaldi Partners Group?

Heather Tortorello: We have a mentor program in place, which is in addition to the normal on-boarding program that we provide for graduates.

As part of the mentor program, we assign a senior partner to a handful of people on the mentor team, and we have a learning and development guideline that guides the process. The mentoring program provides individuals with coaching opportunities in order to enhance professional development.

Tom: How much partner and client contact can junior consultants expect to have?

Heather Tortorello: It’s situational. We have pretty strong track record of getting junior consultants very involved in projects. They wouldn’t be leading a meeting but they would be sitting in on it and getting exposure, allowing them to see their individual impact on the larger goal of the project.

Tom: What is the firm’s travel model?

Heather Tortorello: It depends on what the client’s needs are. We have a fluid and open schedule in that regards.

Tom: For all the ambitious young graduates out there, what would you say distinguishes Vivaldi Partners Group from other consulting firms?

Heather Tortorello: The organisation itself. Erich Joachimsthaler is the founder and CEO and brings his level of expertise.

From a company culture standpoint and brand standpoint, we give a lot of flexibility to employees that is often not available in larger firms. This is combined with the ability to work for large clients and be very involved on larger projects that may not be available at other agencies.

Tom: How many graduates is Vivaldi Partners Group looking to hire in the coming year?

Heather Tortorello: We don’t have a fixed number. We continue to look for top talent, and it depends on the work that we have and the offices that we’re looking to fill.

Tom: When is the next round of application deadlines?

Heather Tortorello: For full time roles we consistently keep our eyes out, this is an annual process. As for when the hiring takes place, it depends on need.

Interns are hired every couple of months. We are currently looking for a fall internship (undergraduate or MBA) in London.

Tom: Does Vivaldi Partners Group use the case interview as part of its recruitment process?

Heather Tortorello: Yes, for full time positions we use the case interview process.

Tom: How many interview rounds are there?

Heather Tortorello: It varies by position and office. If someone is interested we can talk them through the process in our first conversion.

Tom: What kind of candidates tend to be successful in securing a position with Vivaldi Partners Group?

Heather Tortorello: For entry level consultants, people who are excited, energetic, and self motivated tend to do well. People who tend to thrive in a fluid environment tend to be successful here.

Tom: Does Vivaldi Partners Group employ an “up or out” policy?

Heather Tortorello: No. We encourage growth and development. We don’t manage people out of the firm if they are not ready to be promoted within a set period of time.

Tom: What kind of exit opportunities have the firm’s consultants pursued in the last few years?

Heather Tortorello: There are a variety of paths. Some people go to the client side, other agencies, or to graduate school. We see a large significant trend of people coming back to the company after spending some time away.

Tom: Is there anything else that I haven’t touched on that might be useful for graduates looking to pursue a career in the management consulting industry?

Heather Tortorello: Do your research and do your homework when applying. Make sure you understand the business, the organisation and the brand. Ask lots of questions when you have the opportunity to do so.

Conversation with Nigel Lake, CEO of Pottinger

PottingerI recently had the good fortune to speak with Nigel Lake, CEO of Pottinger, a global corporate advisory firm based in Sydney, Australia.

Nigel is a truly original thinker who combines a good sense of humour with sharp strategic insights and clarity of thought.

I had originally intended to ask Nigel some questions about Pottinger and its recruitment process, but I thought better of it. I was interested to learn more about his book “The Long Term Starts Tomorrow” and we ended up having a very interesting conversation.

Our discussion touched on various fascinating topics including:

  1. The importance of thinking about the long term first
  2. Looking beyond short term financial metrics
  3. Finding the courage to overcome vested interests
  4. The importance of having a strategic end goal (rather than just a general sense of direction)
  5. The need for continual innovation
  6. The challenges of pursuing organisational change
  7. How to anticipate the future
  8. Where should the CEO focus his or her attention
  9. Ongoing innovations in digital media, and
  10. Australia’s unenviable position as an innovation laggard

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I will post one instalment from my conversation with Nigel Lake every weekday for the next two weeks.

Conversation with Accenture Australia

AccentureI recently had the chance to correspond with Georgia Hewett who handles Corporate Communications for Accenture in Australia/New Zealand. Georgia was extremely helpful and was kind enough to answer some questions I had about Accenture and its recruitment process.

If you are a student, recent graduate or aspiring consultant looking to land a consulting job in Australia, then this information is likely to be of interest.

Please read my questions and Accenture’s answers below.

Tom: Accenture offers a range of services including Strategy, Digital, Technology and Operations. Are graduates able to gain exposure to more than one service line?

Accenture: Accenture graduates are aligned to one of our businesses upon joining and will work primarily within that area to build their skills and business acumen. However, there are opportunities to work across industries, teams, clients and geographies.

Tom: Accenture’s clients come from all industries worldwide. Are graduates expected to pick an industry specialisation? How quickly are graduates expected to specialise?

Accenture: Graduates are not required to select a specialisation until later in their career when they have had the opportunity to learn more about our clients, understand the needs of the business and determine where they are best suited. This typically happens quite organically as the individual grows within the organisation. Additionally this specialisation may not be specific to an industry but could be related to our technology, strategy, digital or operations business.

Tom: Accenture has offices in more than 200 cities worldwide. In Australia, your offices are located in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Does Accenture hire graduates for all of its Australian offices? Is it possible for consultants to transfer between offices within Australia or internationally?

Accenture: Accenture hires graduates in all of our Australian offices. There are certainly opportunities for employees to transfer between our offices locally and globally to meet both their personal and professional needs.

Tom: What kind of training and mentoring can graduates expect to receive at Accenture? Is training provided online or does Accenture bring consultants together as part of a regional or global training program?

Accenture: From training courses in our regional training facility in Kuala Lumpur to on-the-job training we offer our graduates a wide range of training and development opportunities. These opportunities are a combination of classroom based specialist training and online resources such as MyLearning – Accenture’s innovative global learning portal which provides access to over 20,000 virtual courses. Finally all graduates will have access to a Career Counsellor who will guide them, check their progress and help them achieve their professional goals.

Tom: How much partner and client contact can junior consultants expect to have at Accenture?

Accenture: Graduates joining Accenture will be immediately placed on a project and will work closely with all members of the client team.

Tom: What is Accenture’s travel model?

Accenture: Accenture’s travel expectations are largely driven by the needs of our clients. If a graduate is placed in a role which requires them to travel they will typically fly out on Monday morning and return to their home location on Friday afternoon.

Tom: Are you still accepting graduate applications for 2015?

Accenture: Applications for 2015 are closed.

Tom: Does Accenture use the case interview in its recruitment process? How many interview rounds are there? What kind of candidates tend to be successful in securing a position with Accenture?

Accenture: Accenture uses the case interview in the Accenture Strategy graduate recruitment process. Our typical recruitment process for graduates includes an initial screen, online assessment, video interview, business interview and a final interview with a Managing Director. Throughout the process we are looking for academically high-performing students who are well-rounded, enthusiastic and hold Australian/New Zealand citizenship or Australian Permanent Resident status. Students can join Accenture from any academic discipline; and we’re particularly keen to recruit graduates from maths, science, engineering and technology backgrounds. All graduates will need a deep passion for consulting, digital and emerging technologies, or be able to demonstrate a real flair for IT, and have good commercial awareness and communication skills.

Tom: What’s the most common mistake that candidates make when applying?

Accenture: Waiting until the last minute to complete the application.

Tom: Many thanks to you Georgia, and to Accenture, for taking the time to answer my questions.

I hope you found the above information about Accenture and its recruitment process useful. If there are other firms that you would like me to interview in future, or specific questions that you would like me to ask, please let me know by sending an email to tom [at] spencertom.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Conversation with IMS Consulting Group

IMS Consutling GroupI recently had the chance to talk with Stephanie Green, Manager of Talent Acquisition for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at IMS Consulting Group.

If you have an interest in life sciences, either through your studies or previous work experience, then IMS Consulting Group could be the perfect place to enhance and grow your career.

Please read the edited transcript of my chat with Steph below.

Tom: IMS Consulting Group was ranked in the Vault Consulting 50 and focuses exclusively on life sciences offering a range of services. Where would you say the firm does the bulk of its work?

Steph: Our work is split across all the centres of excellence: Brand & Commercial Strategy, Pricing & Market Access, Strategy & Portfolio Analysis and Competitive Intelligence.

Tom: Are graduates able to gain exposure to more than one service line?

Steph: Graduates come in at Analyst level and fresh PhD students come in at Associate Consultant level. Analysts, Associate Consultants and Consultants work across the four centres of excellence. Senior Consultants would start specialising in one of the four.

Tom: I understand that IMS Consulting Group has 19 offices globally including one in London and one in Cambridge. Which offices are currently hiring?

Steph: IMS Consulting Group is part of IMS Health and is normally located where IMS Health has its offices. We are hiring graduates in all offices.

Tom: Is it possible for consultants to transfer between offices?

Steph: Transfers are possible if consultants have been at the firm for a while and proven themselves. This is a structured program where consultants undertake short term assignments based in other offices.

Tom: What kind of training and mentoring can graduates expect to receive at IMS Consulting Group?

Steph: There are 2 weeks of onboarding training, including networking drinks and dinner. This is held in September and February each year.

Throughout the year there are training days, “lunch and learns” and our in-house learning and development team organise many training sessions for you to pick and choose from. Consultants [based in Europe] usually come to London for the training.

Tom: How much partner and client contact can junior consultants expect to have at IMS Consulting Group?

Steph: Analysts and Associate Consultants work on real projects from their first day. The consulting career progression includes a number of levels: analysts are the first level, then associate consultant, consultant, senior consultant, engagement manager and Principal / Senior Principal. Project teams are made up of people from each level, and each person would be assigned a coach.

Tom: Do IMS consultants work remotely or on site with the client?

Steph: It’s a mixture depending on the project. You are likely to visit clients for client meetings and workshops. Consultants normally hot desk in the London office. Analysts and Associate Consultants will do a lot of work over the phone and via conference calls.

Tom: For ambitious students and recent graduates out there, what would you say distinguishes IMS Consulting Group from other management consulting firms?

Steph: All projects are niche and focused on life sciences. If you come from a sciences background and want to keep that but work in a commercial environment then IMS Consulting Group is the perfect place for you. A lot of our hires have life sciences, neuroscience, biology, pharmacology or chemistry degrees. We also have graduates with business/economics degrees or Masters in Health Economics.

Tom: How many graduates is IMS Consulting Group looking to hire for 2015?

Steph: It varies each year. For the 2015 intake we have hired about 25. Plus internship opportunities over the summer.

Tom: Are you still accepting applications for 2015?

Steph: Not for 2015. We just finished this week, and will be re-advertising starting from September for 2016.

Tom: Does IMS Consulting Group use the case interview as part of its recruitment process? How many interview rounds are there?

Steph: We have one competency interview and two case interviews at the assessment centre. The first round would be telephone or a speed interview.

Tom: What’s a speed interview?

Steph: Speed interviewing involves coming to our offices in London. Twenty five candidates rotate around different tables and complete different activities. This is followed by networking drinks afterwards.

Tom: What would you say is the most common mistake that candidates make when applying, in particular during the speed interviews?

Steph: Not talking or saying much at the speed interview. For brainteasers and numerical questions the biggest mistake is getting the numbers way off the mark or making crazy assumptions.

Tom: In terms of career progression, how are consultants reviewed and promoted?

Steph: All employees set objectives at the start of the year with their Coach and then you have mid and end of year reviews with your coach along with feedback from other colleagues. This review would affect a consultant’s end of year bonus.

Tom: Your consultants earn an end of year bonus? How big are the bonuses?

Steph: Bonus is a percentage of base salary and is applicable for Analysts upwards. Bonus salaries are competitive with the market.

Tom: What exit opportunities have consultants from IMS Consulting Group pursued in the past?

Steph: People tend to go to work in industry, for example a job in the pharmaceutical industry.

Tom: Is there any additional information that you think would be helpful for candidates but which we haven’t covered?

Steph: We have lots of applications to screen and lots of people are being very generic [in their application]. The firm is looking for an interest in healthcare and life sciences. This needs to stand out in the CV as well as including extra curriculars.

Tom: Do extra curricular activities need to be related to life sciences?

Steph: These don’t have to relate to life sciences, they could be sporting.

Tom: You said that an interest in life sciences needs to stand out in the CV. I assume you require applicants to provide a CV and a cover letter?

Steph: Yes, we require both, but the CV is the first thing that we look at. The CV should be stand alone and make it clear why you are a strong candidate and have an interest in life sciences. Some candidates include a short purpose at the top of the CV or include their work experience in the life sciences sector.

Tom: Steph, thanks for your time! I believe this information will be most helpful for candidates who are assessing their consulting career options.

Conversation with Partners in Performance

Partners in Performance 5WE were grateful for the recent opportunity to talk with Amanda Melo, recruitment manager at Partners in Performance.

Partners in Performance is a global management consulting firm and we were interested to learn more about the firm and its recruitment process.

Please read the edited transcript of our discussion with Amanda below. This will be of particular interest for students and recent graduates who are looking to pursue a career in the management consulting industry.

Tom: Partners in Performance started in Australia in 1996, and is now a global consulting firm with over 300 consultants and is growing at over 30% per annum. From your website I understand that PIP serves clients in Australasia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America and South America. Where are your current office locations?

Amanda MeloAmanda: PIP is one of the world’s most highly regarded consulting firms and is growing quickly. The firm has a global footprint with offices in Sydney, Dublin, Johannesburg, Atlanta and Chile. PIP Consultants spend most of their time on site with the client. We enjoy being hand-to-hand with our clients which they love, and our commitment to clients lasts well after we are done on site.

Tom: PIP appears to offer a broad range of services including Coaching & Training, Operations & Maintenance, as well as Strategy. Where does the firm do the bulk of its work?

Amanda: We work with our clients on four main types of engagements:

  1. Business Improvement – We help clients to earn more, spend less, and do things more efficiently in their current operations;
  2. Sourcing – We help clients buy things better: better price, better service and better products for the job;
  3. Capital Projects – We help clients to earn more, spend less, and do things more efficiently in planned new operations; and
  4. Commercial Due Diligence – We help clients with investment decisions by identifying commercial risks & opportunities in a business and its market.

Each engagement can involve one or more of the services you mentioned.

Tom: For all of the hopeful yet discerning graduates out there, what would you say distinguishes PIP from other management consulting firms?

Amanda: We believe PIP is the best career option if you truly want to implement results, as opposed to making recommendations. Our clients value practical, implemented solutions over elegant theory or advice. At PIP, you will personally impact the client’s bottom line, you will learn how to make companies more valuable over time, you will accumulate tangible experience tied to delivering results and develop your own personal results story – a story which will help you achieve your long-term career goals at PIP or beyond. PIP people are smart, but not interested in being the smartest guys in the room. We are pragmatic, collaborative, fun and humble.

Tom: In which regions are you currently hiring?

Amanda: We are looking for graduates and post-graduates on every continent. We are looking for driven people who are passionate about results and are not afraid of rolling up their sleeves and digging in.

Tom: Can you tell me a little bit about your interview process?

Amanda: We look for strong problem solvers, and believe that the best way to assess that skill is by providing candidates with a real business problem. A qualified PIP Consultant will give you a business problem and ask you to solve it live. This allows us to better understand your ability to think on your feet, to be creative, to communicate your ideas and to drive towards fact-based answers. Additionally, we also give you the opportunity to share your challenges, deliverables and achievements from your past experiences as well as your career drivers and passions. It’s a two-way conversation, and our team of interviewers will share with you information about our business, our career path, people and culture. It’s very important to us that you understand what being a Piper means and that you get connected with our purpose and beliefs.

Tom: What’s the most common mistake that candidates make during the interview process?

Amanda: “Talk first think second”, jumping into hypothesis generation and problem solving immediately without structuring the problem or asking clarifying questions is the most common pitfall.

Tom: What kind of training and mentoring programs does the firm offer for graduates?

Amanda: All new hires receive two weeks of training on the PIP consulting toolkit and methodologies within their first month of joining. The program involves modules that have been developed by and will be presented by PIP consultants. The tools you will learn equip you to work on engagements and on the job coaching is provided by peers and Managers on every new engagement.  Within your first 3 months of employment you will shadow another peer to learn what is required in your day-to-day role; we have formalized this process and the program is ‘The apprenticeship model’. All employees are provided with a development leader (mentor) who is jointly responsible for your professional development and will help you achieve your career objectives.

Tom: What is the firm’s travel model?

Amanda: Our consultants typically work on the client site from Monday to Friday. Potential candidates should expect heavy travel days.

Tom: Does PIP employ an ‘up or out’ policy?

Amanda: PIP’s requirement for BA/Associate/Senior Associate hires is that they can exhibit the competencies to reach Manager level. Experienced Manager hires are required to achieve Associate Principal level but beyond that there is no requirement for people to move up to Principal and Director level if they prefer to stay as delivery consultants; that being said there is a clear path to Director for those who wish to pursue this career track.

PIP is a meritocracy so promotion is based on merit; there is a strong support network to help people progress in their careers; the minority who do not progress have either chosen not to do so for a period of time, for family or other personal reasons, or discover other career options for which they’re better suited, with the support of PIP’s leadership team.

Tom: Amanda, thank you for your time! I enjoyed talking to you about Partners in Performance and the recruitment process. I am sure that many aspiring consultants will find this information valuable as they consider their career options.

Well, there you have it, we hope the above conversation provides you with some useful information about Partners in Performance and its recruitment process.

If you want to learn more about PIP, you can visit the firm’s website by clicking here.

Consulting Firms in New Zealand

A country famous for its sheep and for being used as the backdrop for the Lord of the Rings movies, New Zealand also has some quality consultants.

We have prepared a guidebook which provides an overview of the most prominent management consulting firms in New Zealand.

You can download it for free here, no member sign up required.

As with the other guidebooks we have shared this guidebook is distributed under a creative commons licence.

“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Consulting Firms in Canada

America’s friendly neighbor to the north, Britain’s daughter, Australia’s cousin, the United States of Canadia, or perhaps just the place you call home.

How ever you think about Canada, this week we are sharing with you a guidebook which profiles the country’s most prominent consulting firms.

You can download the guidebook here. This is a free download, no member sign up required, and as with earlier guidebooks we have shared, we are distributing it under a creative commons licence.

Download, edit, print, share, and enjoy.

Consulting Firms in Old Blighty

Another week, another guidebook for you, dear reader.

This week’s guidebook profiles the most prominent consulting firms operating in Old Blighty.

Where is Old Blighty you ask?

Well, if you need to ask, then this week’s guidebook is probably not for you.

“Blighty” is a slang term for Britain, popularised during World War I and still used (or so we understand) by the people who weren’t lucky enough to have one of their ancestors steal a loaf of bread and get sent to Australia.

You can download the guidebook here.

In the same vein as last week, we are distributing this guidebook under a creative commons license, which means you are free to read, edit, share, print or trash the guidebook – which ever takes your fancy.

If you have any suggested amendments, please feel free to let us know and we will update the primary version. Together we win.

Consulting Firms in the Land of Opportunity

Are you applying to consulting jobs in the good ol’ U.S. of A?

Wanting to pursue prosperity, success and a better life?

Do you believe in truth, justice and the American way?

Are you faster than a speeding bullet?

But seriously, all jokes aside, we’re not entirely sure whether anyone who reads this blog has an interest in the American market.

If you do, or know someone who does, then you’re in luck.

We have prepared a guidebook that profiles the most prominent consulting firms in America.

And, despite the lame and cheesy nature of this blog post, there is no catch.  You can download the guidebook here for free, no member sign-up required.

We are distributing the guidebook under a creative commons license, which means that you are free to edit, share, publish, republish, or do pretty much what ever you like with this guidebook.

If you have any suggested edits, deletions or amendments, then please feel free to let us know and we will work with you to iterate and improve the guidebook for the benefit of everyone.

2014 List of Strategy Consulting Firms in Sydney

The definitive 2014 List of Strategy Consulting Firms in Sydney

2014 List of Strategy Consulting Firms in Sydney

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Below is our 2014 list of strategy consulting firms in Sydney.

This list will be of interest to you if you live in Sydney (or you would like to live in Sydney), and:

  1. you want to become a strategy consultant, or
  2. your company, non-profit or government agency is looking for quality strategy advice.

The firms on the 2014 list are:

  1. Nous Group
  2. Pacific Strategy Partners
  3. Port Jackson Partners
  4. Crescendo Partners
  5. Momentum Partners
  6. Second Road
  7. Pottinger
  8. Bain
  9. BCG
  10. McKinsey
  11. Accenture
  12. Archstone Consulting
  13. A.T. Kearney
  14. The Birchman Group
  15. CVA
  16. Deloitte
  17. Edgar, Dunn & Company
  18. Frost & Sullivan
  19. FTI Consulting
  20. L.E.K. Consulting
  21. Oliver Wyman
  22. Partners in Performance
  23. Peppers & Rogers Group
  24. PwC
  25. Simon Kuch & Partners
  26. Strategy&
  27. The Hackett Group

1. Australian Strategy Consulting Firms

1. Nous Group

Website: nousgroup.com.au

Founded in 1999 by Tim Orton (ex-McKinsey), Nous Group has grown to be one of Australia’s most influential strategy firms. Nous has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Manila and a workforce of 150 people that includes ex-senior bureaucrats and business people.

In 2013, Nous Group was voted one of Australia’s great workplaces in the BRW Best Places to Work 2013 Awards.

Nous is best known for its ethos of creating positive influence and using bold thinking to solve complex societal and business challenges. Nous service lines include business strategy, public policy, leadership & people development, organisational capability, and information management & technology.

2. Pacific Strategy Partners

Website: pacificstrategy.com.au

Founded in 2003, Pacific Strategy Partners has offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

Pacific Strategy Partners develops practical solutions by deploying low leveraged teams guided by deep Director expertise. Services include Strategy Development, Operational Improvement, and Transaction Support.

3. Port Jackson Partners

Website: pjpl.com.au

Founded in 1991 by Terrey Arcus and Fred Hilmer, two former Directors of McKinsey. Port Jackson Partners is a boutique consultancy firm based in Sydney.

PJP is a consulting firm providing advice to CEOs, Boards and senior managers to help them set corporate direction, define business strategies and develop their organisations. PJP’s Australian clients come from a diverse range of industries and are typically top 100 listed companies, but a few are large government owned corporations. PJP focuses on helping companies with strategy and organisation.

4. Crescendo Partners

Website: crescendopartners.com.au

Crescendo Partners is based in Sydney and has extensive experience providing value to clients across the globe.

Crescendo Partners is an elite high value consulting, advisory and private equity firm. Services include strategy consulting, M&A support, capital raising, and private equity investment.

5. Momentum Partners

Website: momentumpartners.com.au

Founded in 2003, Momentum Partners has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Momentum’s vision is to become the leading independent consultancy in Australia providing the highest quality consulting services which integrate three key elements of organisational change: strategy, operations and people. Clients include public and governmental organisations, private companies ranging from large global corporations to small, fast growing start-ups.

6. Second Road

Website: secondroad.com.au

Second Road is based in Sydney.

Second Road is a Strategy & Innovation firm unlocking and empowering imagination and intelligence.

7. Pottinger

Website: pottinger.com

Based in Sydney, Pottinger has experience working globally and provides a range of services including M&A advisory, strategic consulting, as well as policy and strategic analytics.

2. Global Strategy Consulting Firms

8. Bain & Company

Website: bain.com

Founded in 1973 when Bill Bain and others left BCG to form Bain & Company. Bain has 50 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Bain helps to transform companies into sharper, smarter, better versions of themselves. Bain’s mission is to help management teams create such high levels of economic value that together Bain and its clients can redefine their respective industries.

9. BCG

Website: bcg.com

Founded in 1963 by Bruce Henderson, BCG has offices in 61 cities worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

BCG is a global management consulting firm and a leading advisor on business strategy. BCG partners with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises.

10. McKinsey

Website: mckinsey.com

Founded in Chicago in 1926, McKinsey is arguably the world’s most prestigious consulting firm. McKinsey has 106 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

McKinsey is a global management consulting firm and trusted advisors to the world’s leading businesses, governments, and institutions.

11. Accenture

Website: accenture.com

Founded in 1989, Accenture has offices in more than 200 cities in 56 countries worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Accenture has capabilities across all industries and business functions, conducts extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, and collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

12. Archstone Consulting

Website: archstoneconsulting.com

Archstone has 12 offices worldwide including Sydney, Hyderabad, London, New York, and San Franscisco.

Archstone offers a range of services including business strategy, technology services, outsourcing, and supply chain management.

13. A.T. Kearney

Website: atkearney.com

Founded in 1926, A.T. Kearney has 59 offices in 40 coutries worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

A.T. Kearney’s services include strategy, innovation, sales & marketing, operations, strategic IT, and procurement.

14. The Birchman Group

Website: thebirchmangroup.com

Birchman has 9 offices worldwide including Sydney, Johannesburg, and London.

Birchman is an international company that provides Consulting, Solution Delivery and Managed Services to many of the world’s leading organisations. Birchman provides six core services: Value Management, Business Change, Software Development, Enterprise Applications, IT Advisory, and Business Advisory.

15. CVA

Website: corporate-value.com

Founded in 1987, CVA has 17 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, and Boston.

CVA is a global strategy boutique which has experience across a broad range of industries including Telecom Media & Technology, Financial Services, Private Equity, and Mining Metals & Materials.

16. Deloitte

Website: deloitte.com

Founded in 1893 in the U.S., Deloitte has a strong global presence including offices in Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Although offering a large number of accounting services, Deloitte also has a consulting practice. Deloitte Consulting offers a broad range of services including Pricing & Profitability Management, Enterprise Cost Management, M&A, Enterprise Sustainability, Finance Transformation, Governance Risk & Regulatory, Health Care Reform, and Infrastructure Transformation.

17. Edgar, Dunn & Company

Website: edgardunn.com

Founded in 1978 in the U.S., Edgar, Dunn & Company has 6 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, London, and San Francisco.

EDC is an independent strategy consulting firm that was founded on two fundamental principles of client service:

  • Provide deep expertise that enhances clients’ perspectives, and
  • Deliver actionable advice that enables clients to create measurable, sustainable change in their organisations.

EDC is recognised among the world’s pre-eminent experts in the payments industry. Additional areas of expertise include new financial services channels, technologies and markets, retail financial services, and e-business

18. Frost & Sullivan

Website: frost.com

Frost & Sullivan employs 1,800 analysts, growth consultants, and visionaries across 40 offices worldwide including Sydney.

Frost & Sullivan works with Global 1000 companies to help them accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership.

19. FTI Consulting

Website: fticonsulting.co.uk

Founded in 1982, FTI Consulting has offices in 26 countries on six continents, including an office in Sydney.

FTI Consulting is a global business advisory firm that provides multidisciplinary solutions to address complex challenges and opportunities.

20. L.E.K. Consulting

Website: lek.com

Founded in 1983 in London, L.E.K. has 22 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Bombay, New Delhi, London, New York, and San Francisco.

L.E.K. is a global strategy consulting firm that counsels clients on key strategic issues, leveraging deep industry expertise and using analytical rigor to help them make informed decisions more quickly and solve their toughest and most critical business problems. L.E.K. has expertise in a broad range of industries and has a range of capabilities including Strategy, Shareholder Value Management, Mergers & Acquisitions support, Operations & Organisation and Marketing & Sales.

21. Oliver Wyman

Website: oliverwyman.com

Founded in New York in 1984, Oliver Wyman has offices in 50+ cities worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Oliver Wyman is a leading global management consulting firm that combines deep industry knowledge with specialised expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organisation transformation. As part of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Oliver Wyman is also able to draw on experts from its sister companies in the areas of brand and identity management, microeconomics, human capital strategies, and insurance.

22. Partners in Performance

Website: pipint.com.au

PIP has 9 offices worldwide including Sydney, Johannesburg, Toronto, and Atlanta.

PIP identifies and delivers performance improvement to industrial, resources and services companies, using a specialist team and a hands-on approach. PIP has three divisions: Resultant®, Transaction Services and Investment. The Resultant® Division works as business coaches applying practical frameworks to address issues including strategy, procurement, revenues, bottlenecking, costs, safety, environment, and organisational culture. The Transaction Services Division provides commercial due diligence for potential investment opportunities. The Investment Division looks for situations where PIP can improve the performance of an organisation through both financial and operational assistance.

23. Peppers & Rogers Group

Website: peppersandrogersgroup.com

Founded in 1993 by Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, Ph.D., PRG has 9 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Johannesburg, and Stamford Connecticut.

PRG is a management consulting firm recognised as a leading authority and thought leader on customer-based strategies and underlying business initiatives. PRG has particular expertise in the following industries: Financial Services, Government, Telecommunications, and Airlines.

24. PwC

Website: pwc.com

Founded in 1998 out of the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, PwC has historical roots going back around 150 years. PwC operates in over 150 countries worldwide including offices in Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

PwC owns Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co).

25. Simon Kuch & Partners

Website: simon-kucher.com

Founded in 1985, SKP has 27 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

SKP is a global management consulting firm focusing on strategy, marketing, pricing and sales.

26. Strategy&

Website: strategyand.pwc.com

Founded in Chicago in 1914 by Edwin G. Booz. In 2008, Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co) separated its operations from the U.S. Government consulting business. That company retained the name Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2009, Booz combined with U.S.-based management consultancy Katzenbach Partners, a leader in organisational performance. In 2012, Axon Advisory Partners joined Booz to launch Booz Digital, a full-service team of strategists, designers, and technologists who help companies turn ideas into digital businesses. In 2014, Booz & Co was acquired by PwC and its name was changed to Strategy&.

Strategy& has around 57 offices worldwide including Sydney, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, London, New York, and San Francisco.

Strategy& is a leading global management consulting firm focused on serving and shaping the senior agenda of the world’s leading institutions. Strategy& works with its clients to identify and build the differentiating capabilities they need to outperform, and has experience across a broad range of industries including high technology, finance, and consumer products.

27. The Hackett Group

Website: thehackettgroup.com

Founded in 1991, The Hackett Group has global offices in the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific including Sydney.

The Hackett Group (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global strategic business advisory and operations improvement consulting firm, is a leader in best practice advisory, business benchmarking, and transformation consulting services including strategy and operations, working capital management, and globalization advice.

2013 List: Global Strategy Consulting Firms

List of Global Strategy Firms for 2013

BELOW is a hand-picked list of leading Global Strategy Firms.

The litmus test we used to decide whether a firm is truly “global” was whether it has an office in Sydney. A fair litmus test? Maybe not, but seeing as Sydney is at the other end of the earth you would expect a truly global strategy firm to have an office there (if you want to see a list of purely Aussie strategy firms for 2013, click here).

The below list will be of interest to you if:

  • you want to work for a leading strategy firm, or
  • your company, non-profit or government agency is looking for quality strategic advice.

The firms are:

  1. Bain
  2. BCG
  3. McKinsey
  4. Accenture
  5. Archstone Consulting
  6. A.T. Kearney
  7. Booz & Company
  8. The Birchman Group
  9. CVA
  10. Deloitte
  11. Edgar, Dunn & Company
  12. L.E.K. Consulting
  13. Millward Brown
  14. Oliver Wyman
  15. Partners in Performance
  16. Peppers & Rogers Group
  17. PwC
  18. Simon Kuch & Partners

1. Bain & Company

Website: bain.com

Founded in 1973 when Bill Bain and others left BCG to form Bain & Company. Bain has 49 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Bain helps to transform companies into sharper, smarter, better versions of themselves. Bain’s mission is to help management teams create such high levels of economic value that together Bain and its clients can redefine their respective industries.

2. BCG

Website: bcg.com

Founded in 1963 by Bruce Henderson, BCG has 79 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

BCG is a global management consulting firm and a leading advisor on business strategy. BCG partners with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises.

3. McKinsey

Website: mckinsey.com

Founded in Chicago in 1926, McKinsey is arguably the world’s most prestigious consulting firm. McKinsey has 102 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

McKinsey is a global management consulting firm and trusted advisors to the world’s leading businesses, governments, and institutions.

4. Accenture

Website: accenture.com

Founded in 1989, Accenture has approximately 195 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Accenture has capabilities across all industries and business functions, conducts extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, and collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

5. Archstone Consulting

Website: archstoneconsulting.com

Archstone has 13 offices worldwide including Sydney, Hyderabad, London, New York, and San Franscisco.

Archstone offers a range of services including business strategy, technology services, outsourcing, and supply chain management.

6. A.T. Kearney

Website: atkearney.com

Founded in 1926, A.T. Kearney has 57 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

A.T. Kearney’s services include strategy, innovation, sales & marketing, operations, strategic IT, and procurement.

7. Booz & Company

Website: booz.com

Founded in Chicago in 1914 by Edwin G. Booz. In 2008, Booz separated its operations from the U.S. Government consulting business. That company retained the name Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2009, Booz combined with U.S.-based management consultancy Katzenbach Partners, a leader in organisational performance. In 2012, Axon Advisory Partners joined Booz to launch Booz Digital, a full-service team of strategists, designers, and technologists who help companies turn ideas into digital businesses.

Booz has 60 offices worldwide including Sydney, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, London, New York, and San Francisco.

Booz is a leading global management consulting firm focused on serving and shaping the senior agenda of the world’s leading institutions. Booz works with its clients to identify and build the differentiating capabilities they need to outperform. Booz has experience across a broad range of industries including high technology, finance, and consumer products.

8. The Birchman Group

Website: thebirchmangroup.com

Birchman has 15 offices worldwide including Sydney, Johannesburg, and London.

Birchman is an international company that provides Consulting, Solution Delivery and Managed Services to many of the world’s leading organisations. Birchman provides six core services: Value Management, Business Change, Software Development, Enterprise Applications, IT Advisory, and Business Advisory.

9. CVA

Website: corporate-value.com

Founded in 1987, CVA has 16 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, and Boston.

CVA is a global strategy boutique which has experience across a broad range of industries including Telecom Media & Technology, Financial Services, Private Equity, and Mining Metals & Materials.

10. Deloitte

Website: deloitte.com

Founded in 1893 in the U.S., Deloitte has a strong global presence including offices in Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Although offering a large number of accounting services, Deloitte also has a consulting practice. Deloitte Consulting offers a broad range of services including Pricing & Profitability Management, Enterprise Cost Management, M&A, Enterprise Sustainability, Finance Transformation, Governance Risk & Regulatory, Health Care Reform, and Infrastructure Transformation.

11. Edgar, Dunn & Company

Website: edgardunn.com

Founded in 1978 in the U.S., Edgar, Dunn & Company has 8 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, London, and San Francisco.

EDC is an independent strategy consulting firm that was founded on two fundamental principles of client service:

  • Provide deep expertise that enhances clients’ perspectives, and
  • Deliver actionable advice that enables clients to create measurable, sustainable change in their organisations.

EDC is recognised among the world’s pre-eminent experts in the payments industry. Additional areas of expertise include new financial services channels, technologies and markets, retail financial services, and e-business.

12. L.E.K. Consulting

Website: lek.com

Founded in 1983 in London, L.E.K. has 22 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Bombay, New Delhi, London, New York, and San Francisco.

L.E.K. is a global strategy consulting firm that counsels clients on key strategic issues, leveraging deep industry expertise and using analytical rigor to help them make informed decisions more quickly and solve their toughest and most critical business problems. L.E.K. has expertise in a broad range of industries and has a range of capabilities including Strategy, Shareholder Value Management, Mergers & Acquisitions support, Operations & Organisation and Marketing & Sales.

13. Millward Brown

Website: millwardbrown.com

Founded in 1973, Millward Brown has 85 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Millward Brown is passionate about helping clients grow great brands. They are experts in advertising, marketing communications, media, digital and brand equity research, and work with 90% of the world’s leading brands.

14. Oliver Wyman

Website: oliverwyman.com

Founded in New York in 1984, Oliver Wyman has 50 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Oliver Wyman is a leading global management consulting firm that combines deep industry knowledge with specialised expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organisation transformation. As part of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Oliver Wyman is also able to draw on experts from its sister companies in the areas of brand and identity management, microeconomics, human capital strategies, and insurance.

15. Partners in Performance

Website: pipint.com.au

PIP has 9 offices worldwide including Sydney, Johannesburg, Toronto, and Atlanta.

PIP identifies and delivers performance improvement to industrial, resources and services companies, using a specialist team and a hands-on approach. PIP has three divisions: Resultant®, Transaction Services and Investment. The Resultant® Division works as business coaches applying practical frameworks to address issues including strategy, procurement, revenues, bottlenecking, costs, safety, environment, and organisational culture. The Transaction Services Division provides commercial due diligence for potential investment opportunities. The Investment Division looks for situations where PIP can improve the performance of an organisation through both financial and operational assistance.

16. Peppers & Rogers Group

Website: peppersandrogersgroup.com

Founded in 1993 by Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, Ph.D., PRG has 9 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Johannesburg, and Stamford Connecticut.

PRG is a management consulting firm recognised as a leading authority and thought leader on customer-based strategies and underlying business initiatives. PRG has particular expertise in the following industries: Financial Services, Government, Telecommunications, and Airlines.

17. PwC

Website: pwc.com

Founded in 1998 out of the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, PwC has historical roots going back around 150 years. PwC operates in 158 countries worldwide including offices in Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

PwC helps organisations and individuals create the value they’re looking for by delivering quality assurance, tax and advisory services.

18. Simon Kuch & Partners

Website: simon-kucher.com

Founded in 1985, SKP has 26 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

SKP is a global management consulting firm focusing on strategy, marketing, pricing and sales.

2013 List: Australian Strategy Consulting Firms

List of Australian Strategy Firms for 2013

BELOW is a hand-picked list of leading Australian strategy firms. This list will be of interest to you if:

  • you’re a student who wants to work for a leading strategy firm, or
  • your company, non-profit or government agency is looking for quality strategy advice.

The firms are:

  1. Nous Group
  2. Pacific Strategy Partners
  3. Port Jackson Partners
  4. Crescendo Partners
  5. Momentum Partners
  6. Oyster Consulting
  7. Second Road

1. Nous Group

Website: nousgroup.com.au

Founded in 1999 by Tim Orton (ex-McKinsey), Nous Group has grown to be one of Australia’s most influential strategy firms. Nous has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Manila and a workforce of 150 people that includes ex-senior bureaucrats and business people.

In 2012, the BRW Client Choice Awards named Nous “best management consulting firm in Australia” including most innovative firm and best client outcomes from across the professional services sector.

Nous is best known for its ethos to create positive influence and use bold thinking to solve complex societal and business challenges. Nous service lines include business strategy, public policy, leadership & people development, organisational capability, and information management & technology.

2. Pacific Strategy Partners

Website: pacificstrategy.com.au

Founded in 2003, Pacific Strategy Partners has offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

Pacific Strategy Partners develops practical solutions by deploying low leveraged teams guided by deep Director expertise. Services include Strategy Development, Operational Improvement, and Transaction Support.

3. Port Jackson Partners

Website: pjpl.com.au

Founded in 1991 by Terrey Arcus and Fred Hilmer, two former Directors of McKinsey. Port Jackson Partners is a boutique consultancy firm based in Sydney.

PJP is a consulting firm providing advice to CEOs, Boards and senior managers to help them set corporate direction, define business strategies and develop their organisations. PJP’s Australian clients come from a diverse range of industries and are typically top 100 listed companies, but a few are large government owned corporations. PJP focuses on helping companies with strategy and organisation.

4. Crescendo Partners

Website: crescendopartners.com.au

Crescendo Partners is based in Sydney and has extensive experience providing value to clients across the globe.

Crescendo Partners is an elite high value consulting, advisory and private equity firm. Services include strategy consulting, M&A support, capital raising, and private equity investment.

5. Momentum Partners

Website: momentumpartners.com.au

Founded in 2003, Momentum Partners has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Momentum’s vision is to become the leading independent consultancy in Australia providing the highest quality consulting services which integrate three key elements of organisational change: strategy, operations and people. Clients include public and governmental organisations, private companies ranging from large global corporations to small, fast growing start-ups.

6. Oyster Consulting

Website: oysterconsulting.com

Oyster Consulting is based in Perth.

Oyster is a leading management consultancy focussed on helping businesses in the resources sector and associated industries. Oyster are experienced in delivering a wide array of services covering all aspects of both strategy and execution.

7. Second Road

Website: secondroad.com.au

Second Road is based in Sydney.

Second Road is a Strategy & Innovation firm unlocking and empowering imagination and intelligence.

Strategy and general business consulting firms in Australia 2012

[Last Updated: 31 May 2012]

THE list of strategy and general business consulting firms is part of the full list of consulting firms in Australia:

Tier One – Global

1. Bain
2. BCG
3. McKinsey

Tier One – Australian

4. Nous Group
5. Pacific Strategy Partners
6. Port Jackson Partners

Classic – Global

7. Accenture
8. A.T. Kearney
9. Booz Allen Hamilton
10. The Birchman Group
11. Deloitte
12. LEK
13. Oliver Wyman
14. PwC

Classic – Australian

15. Crescendo Partners
16. Momentum Partners
17. Oyster Consulting
18. SMT Consulting

1. Bain & Company

Website: www.bain.com

Founded in 1973 when Bill Bain and others left BCG to form Bain & Company. Bain operates in 47 offices across 30 countries. In Ausralia, Bain operates out of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

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.

2. BCG

Website: www.bostonconsulting.com.au

Founded in 1963 by Bruce Henderson, BCG operates in more than 75 offices worldwide. In Australia, BCG operates out of Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.

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 organisations and government agencies.

3. McKinsey

Website: www.mckinsey.com.au

Founded in Chicago in 1926, McKinsey remains one of the world’s most prestigious consulting firms. It is worth noting that, as at May 2012, McKinsey continues to receive negative publicity due to the ongoing Rajat Gupta insider trading scandal. It is still unclear what the ultimate impact of the scandal will be on McKinsey’s brand. McKinsey operates in 98 locations worldwide. In Australia, McKinsey operates out of Sydney and Melbourne.

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

4. Nous Group

Website: www.nousgroup.com.au

Founded in 1999 by Tim Orton (ex-McKinsey), Nous Group has grown to be one of Australia’s most influential strategy firms. In 2012, the BRW Client Choice Awards named Nous “best management consulting firm in Australia” including most innovative firm and best client outcomes from across the professional services sector. Nous has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Manila and a workforce of 150 people that includes some of Australia’s leading critical thinkers, ex senior bureaucrats and business people.

Nous is best known for its ethos to create positive influence and use bold thinking to solve complex societal and business challenges. Nous service lines include business strategy, public policy, leadership & people development, organisational capability, and information management & technology.

5. Pacific Strategy Partners

Website: www.pacificstrategy.com.au

Founded in 2003, Pacific Strategy Partners has offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

Pacific Strategy Partners deploys low leveraged teams to provide clients with Strategy Development, Operational Improvement, and Transaction Support.

6. Port Jackson Partners

Website: www.pjpl.com.au

Founded in July 1991 by Terrey Arcus and Fred Hilmer to counsel the CEOs of select corporations. PJP is a boutique consultancy firm based in Sydney.

PJP’s Australian clients come from a diverse range of industries (e.g. financial sector, service industry, and industrial sector) and are typically top 100 listed companies, but a few are large government owned corporations. PJP focuses on helping companies with strategy and organisation.

7. Accenture

Website: www.accenture.com

Established in 1989, Accenture has offices in more than 200 cities in 54 countries. In Australia, Accenture operates in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Accenture offers management consulting services covering finance & performance management, talent & organisation performance, strategy, customer relationship management, and supply chain management.

8. A.T. Kearney

Website: www.atkearney.com

Founded in 1926, A.T. Kearney operates across 57 locations world wide. In Australia, A.T. Kearney operates out of Sydney and Melbourne.

A.T. Kearney’s mission is to help the world’s leading corporations gain and sustain a competitive advantage, and to achieve profound, tangible results for its clients. Services offered include complexity management, enterprise transformation, operations, procurement solutions, strategic information technology, strategy and sustainability.

9. Booz Allen Hamilton

Website: www.boozallen.com

Founded in Chicago in 1914 by Edwin G. Booz, BAH operates in 115 offices across six continents. In Ausralia, BAH operates out of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Canberra.

BAH has its main area of expertise in strategy and technology consulting, working in both the commercial and government sectors.

10. The Birchman Group

Website: www.thebirchmangroup.com

The Birchman Group operates across 7 countries. In Australia, Birchman operates in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, and Adelaide.

The Birchman Group provides six core services: value management, business advisory, IT advisory, enterprise applications, software development, and business change.

11. Deloitte

Website: www.deloitte.com

Founded in 1893 in the US, Deloitte has a strong global presence and operates in all capital cities of Australia.

Although offering a large number of accounting services, Deloitte also has a consulting practice. The consulting practice offers HR, outsourcing, strategy & operations, and technology consulting.

12. LEK Consulting

Website: lekconsulting.com.au

Founded in 1983, LEK operates in 20 offices worldwide. LEK has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

LEK’s portfolio of services draws on its core capabilities of research, benchmarking, modelling, analysis and strategy development to help companies determine the best way forward.

13. Oliver Wyman

Website: www.oliverwyman.com

Founded in New York in 1984, Oliver Wyman operates in 60 offices across 23 countries. In Australia, Oliver Wyman operates out of Sydney.

Services offered by Oliver Wyman include business transformation, organisation & leadership, finance & risk, marketing & sales, operations & technology, and strategy.

14. PwC

Website: www.pwc.com

Created in 1998 out of the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, PwC has historical roots going back some 150 years.  PwC  operates in 159 countries worldwide. In Australia, PwC has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Townsville.

PwC provides assurance, advisory and tax services. PwCs consulting arm indicates that “people engage PricewaterhouseCoopers to help them design, manage and execute lasting change.”

15. Crescendo Partners

Website: www.crescendopartners.com.au

Crescendo Partners is based in Sydney and has extensive experience providing value to clients across the globe.

Crescendo Partners is an elite high value consulting, advisory and private equity firm. Services include strategy consulting, M&A support, capital raising, and private equity investment.

16. Momentum Partners

Website: www.momentumpartners.com.au

Founded in 2003, Momentum Partners has offices in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

Services include strategy, operational performance, organisational effectiveness, corporate advisory, business systems and processes. Momentum has consulted to thousands of different organisations across more than 50 countries. Clients include public and governmental organisations, private companies ranging from large global corporations to small, fast growing start-ups.

17. Oyster Consulting

Website: www.oysterconsulting.com

Oyster Consulting is based in Perth.

Oyster Consulting has strong resource industry experience, and offers a range of services including corporate strategy and business planning, business analysis, services optimisation, business improvement, and organisational design services.

18. SMT Consulting

Website: www.smt.com.au

SMT is located in Sydney and Melbourne.

SMT Consulting is a specialist provider of supply chain and logistics services.

List of economic consulting firms in Hong Kong 2011

List of economic consulting firms in Hong Kong

  1. AECOM
  2. Arup
  3. Asia Risk
  4. FTI Consulting
  5. Gallup
  6. GHK
  7. Navigant

1. AECOM

Website: www.aecom.com

Address:

AECOM
8/F, Tower 2, Grand Central Plaza,
138 Shatin Rural Committee Road,
Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3922 9000

Founded in 1990, AECOM is headquartered in Los Angeles and also has offices in New York, London, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Brisbane and Hong Kong. AECOM’s Hong Kong office is located in Shatin, which is to the north of Hong Kong island.

AECOM is a leader in providing fully integrated professional, technical and management support services for a broad range of markets. Services include architecture, building engineering, construction services, design + planning, economics, energy and environmental services.

AECOM provides economic analysis and strategic planning services, which generally fall into four areas of practice: Economic Planning and Real Estate, Entertainment and Leisure, Hotels and Resorts, and Capital Facilities Planning.

2. Arup

Website: www.arup.com

Address:

Arup
Level 5 Festival Walk
80 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon Tong
Kowloon
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2528 3031

Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House. Arup now has 77 offices across 29 countries worldwide.

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services.
Through its economics and planning service Arup focuses on creating sustainable, efficient and culturally-appropriate businesses and places.

3. Asia Risk

Website: www.asiarisk.com

Address:

Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, Ltd.
20/F, Central Tower
28 Queen’s Road Central
Central
Hong Kong
Mailing Address: G.P.O. Box 1342, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2541 4088

Political & Economic Risk Consultancy, Ltd. is based in Hong Kong.

PERC specialises in strategic business information and analysis for companies doing business in the countries in East and Southeast Asia. As part of its services, PERC produces a range of risk reports on the countries of Asia, paying special attention to critical socio-political variables like corruption, intellectual property rights risks, labor quality, and other systemic strengths and weakness of individual Asian countries.

4. FTI Consulting

Website: www.fticonsulting.com

Address:

FTI Consulting
Level 22, The Center
99 Queen’s Road Central
Central
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3768 4500

Founded in 1982, FTI Consulting is headquartered in the US and has 97 offices across 16 countries worldwide.

FTI offers services in 5 main practice areas: Corporate Finance/Restructuring, Economic Consulting, Forensic and Litigation Consulting, Strategic Communications, and Technology.

FTI is one of the world’s thought leaders in economic consulting, providing law firms, corporations and government clients with clear analysis of complex economic issues for use in legal and regulatory proceedings, strategic decisions and public policy debates.

5. Gallup

Website: www.gallup.com

Address:

The Gallup Organization (Hong Kong) Limited
1208, Cityplaza One
1111 King’s Road
Taikoo Shing, Island East
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2509 4594

Founded in 1935, Gallup is headquartered in Washington D.C. and has operations in more than 20 countries.

Gallup has studied human nature and behavior for more than 75 years. 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.

Gallup employs many of the world’s leading scientists in management, economics, psychology, and sociology, and its consultants assist leaders in identifying and monitoring behavioral economic indicators worldwide.

6. GHK

Website: www.ghkint.com

Address:

GHK (Hong Kong) Ltd.
19/F, Heng Shan Centre
145 Queen’s Road East
Wanchai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2868 6980

Founded in 1973, GHK is headquartered in London, has two other offices in the UK (Birmingham and Plymouth) and also has offices in Belgium, Poland, Hong Kong, Philippines, India and Pakistan.

GHK operates in three main areas: Public Policy, International Development, and Ports and Logistics. GHK employs a wide range of expertise including economists, social scientists, management consultants and planners.

7. Navigant

Website: www.navigant.com

Address:

Navigant
108 Gloucester Road, Dah Sing
Financial Centre, Suites 2901-2904, 29th Floor
Wanchai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2233 2500

Founded in 1999, Navigant has offices in 29 cities across 6 countries: Canada, China, Singapore, UAE, the UK and the USA.

Navigant has technical expertise in Disputes & Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory and Management Consulting.

Navigant Economics, a subsidiary of Navigant Consulting, provides economic and financial analysis of legal and business issues to law firms, corporations and government agencies. Navigant’s experts have backgrounds in economics, accounting, finance and public policy.

List of strategy consulting firms in London 2011

List of strategy consulting firms in London

  1. Accenture
  2. Alpha Financial Markets Consulting
  3. Alvarez & Marsal
  4. Applied Predictive Technologies
  5. Applied Value Group
  6. Arthur D. Little
  7. A.T. Kearney
  8. Bain & Company
  9. BearingPoint
  10. Booz & Company
  11. Boston Consulting Group
  12. BTS
  13. Cambridge Strategic Management Group
  14. Candesic
  15. Capgemini
  16. Cedar Management Consulting
  17. Celerant Consulting
  18. Deloitte Consulting
  19. Frost & Sullivan
  20. Global Intelligence Alliance
  21. The Hackett Group
  22. LEK
  23. McKinsey
  24. Parthenon Group
  25. Roland Berger

1. Accenture

Website: www.accenture.com

Address:

Accenture
1 Plantation Place
30 Fenchurch Street
London EC3M 3BD
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 844 4000

Founded in 1950, Accenture has offices in more than 200 cities worldwide.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Its management consulting services include CRM, finance and performance management, process and innovation performance, risk management, strategy, supply chain management, and talent and organisation performance services.

2. Alpha Financial Markets Consulting

Websites: www.alphafmc.com

Address:

Alpha
60 Gresham Street
London EC2V 7BB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 796 9300

Founded in 2003, Alpha Financial Markets Consulting is based in the UK and also has offices in Luxembourg, Paris and NY.

Alpha is a leading global provider of consulting, benchmarking and implementation services to financial institutions with a particular focus on the asset and wealth management industries and the companies that service them.

3. Alvarez & Marsal

Website: www.alvarezandmarsal.com

Address:

Alvarez & Marsal
First Floor, One Finsbury Circus
London EC2M 7EB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 715 5200

Founded in 1983, Alvarez & Marsal is headquartered in New York and has 17 offices worldwide.

A&M specialises in turnaround and interim management, performance management and business advisory services. It also delivers specialist operational, consulting and industry expertise to management and investors seeking to accelerate performance and maximise value across corporate and investment lifecycles.

4. Applied Predictive Technologies

Website: www.predictivetechnologies.com

Address:

Applied Predictive Technologies
Berkeley Square House, 2nd Floor
London W1J 6BD
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 692 0772

Founded in 1999, APT has offices America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

APT provides software and consulting services for consumer-focused companies.

5. Applied Value Group

Website: www.appliedvaluegroup.com

Address:

Applied Value Group
53 Chandos Place
Covent Garden
London WC2N 4HS
United Kingdom 

Tel: +44 207 812 6635

Founded in 1997, AVG is headquartered in Boston with 7 offices worldwide: Stockholm, Shanghai, New York, London, Hong Kong, Detroit, and Boston.

AVG provides corporate entrepreneurship programs, financing and deal structuring, e-procurement strategy, technology portfolio management, operations strategy, acquisition analysis and valuation, post-merger integration, and corporate strategy.

6. Arthur D. Little

Website: www.adlittle.co.uk

Address:

Arthur D. Little Limited
2nd Floor, Shackleton House
4 Battlebridge Lane
London SE1 2HP
United Kingdom 

Tel: +44 207 766 0200

Founded in 1886, ADL has office in over 20 countries.

ADL is a global management consultancy specialising in strategy and operations management, serving major corporations and organisations worldwide.

7. A.T. Kearney

Website: www.atkearney.com

Address:

A.T. Kearney Limited
Lansdowne House
Berkeley Square
London W1J 6ER
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 468 8000

Founded in 1926, A.T. Kearney is headquartered in Chicago and has 55 offices in 38 countries.

A.T. Kearney is a global management consulting firm focusing on strategic and operational issues faced by CEOs. Expertise includes supply chain management, growth strategies, mergers, innovation and complexity, IT strategies, transformation, procurement and sustainability.

8. Bain & Company

Website: www.bain.com

Address:

Bain & Company, Inc. United Kingdom
83 Piccadilly
London W1J 8JA
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 969 6000

Founded in 1973 when Bill Bain and others left BCG to form Bain & Company. Bain is headquartered in Boston and operates in 46 offices across 29 countries.

Bain focuses on strategy, marketing, organisation, operations, technology and M&A across all industries and geographies.

9. BearingPoint

Website: www.bearingpointconsulting.com

Address:

BearingPoint Limited
16 Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5DG
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 203 206 9600

Founded in 1997, BearingPoint has offices across 15 countries.

BearingPoint brings together management and technology capabilities to align and optimise processes, IT and operating models with business strategy.

10. Booz & Company

Website: www.booz.com

Address:

Booz & Company
7 Savoy Court
Strand
London WC2R 0JP
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 393 3333

Founded in 1914, Booz has 60 offices in 33 countries.

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

11. Boston Consulting Group

Website: www.bcg.com

Address:

Boston Consulting Group
20 Manchester Square
London W1U 3PZ
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 753 5353

Founded in 1963, BCG is headquartered in Boston with offices in 42 countries.

BCG delivers customised solutions that resolve clients’ most significant issues and create lasting competitive advantage.

12.  BTS

Website: www.bts.com

Address:

BTS
346 Kensington High Street
London W14 8NS
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 348 1800

Founded in 1986, BTS is headquartered in Stockholm and has 25 offices worldwide.

BTS is a global leader in strategy implementation through the use of business simulations and experiential learning programs.

13. Cambridge Strategic Management Group

Website: www.csmg-global.com

Address:

CSMG – London
Descartes House
8 Gate Street
London WC2A 3HP
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 643 5550

Founded in 1989, CSMG has offices in Boston and London.

CSMG is a strategy consultancy for the communications, technology and digital media industries.

14. Candesic

Website: www.candesic.com

Address:

Candesic Limited
New Zealand House
80 Haymarket
London SW1Y 4TQ
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 096 7680

Founded in 2002, Candesic is headquartered in London and also has offices in Paris and Madrid.

Candesic offers strategic review and performance benchmarking studies, operational risk model diagnosis, and business process redesign.

15. Capgemini

Website: www.capgemini.com

Address:

Capgemini
40 Holborn Viaduct
London EC1N 2PB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 936 3800

Founded in 1967, Capgemini is headquartered in Paris and operates in 40 countries.

Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing, and local professional services.

16. Cedar Management Consulting

Website: www.cedar-consulting.com

Address:

Cedar Management Consulting
140 White House
9 Belvedere Road
London SE1 8YP
United Kingdom

Email: [email protected]

Founded in 1985, Cedar has a network of offices in 15 cities worldwide.

Cedar is a global management consulting firm, assisting in the areas of strategy, process, strategic HR and IT.

17. Celerant Consulting

Website: www.celerantconsulting.com

Address:

Celerant Consulting Holdings Limited
Avalon House
72 Lower Mortlake Road
Richmond
Surrey TW9 2JY
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 208 338 5000

Founded in 1987, Celerant has 38 offices worldwide.

Celerant is a global Operational Strategy and Implementation consultancy specialising in performance improvement.

18. Deloitte Consulting

Website: www.deloitte.com

Address:

Deloitte
2 New Street Square
London EC4A 3BZ
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 7936 3000

Founded as an accountancy office in London in 1845, Deloitte has member firms in nearly 140 countries worldwide.

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

19. Frost & Sullivan

Website: www.frost.com

Address:

Frost & Sullivan
4 Grosvenor Gardens
London SW1W 0DH
United Kingdom

Founded in 1961, Frost & Sullivan is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas and has 40 offices worldwide.

Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Consulting services encompass customised research, business strategy, and organisational development initiatives.

20. Global Intelligence Alliance

Website: www.globalintelligence.com

Address:

Global Intelligence Alliance UK
Holborn Gate, 1st floor, 330 High Holborn
London WC1V 7QT
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 203 8382

Founded in 1995, GIA is headquartered in Helsinki and has 25 offices worldwide.

GIA is a strategic market intelligence and advisory group which offers industry expertise coupled with research know-how and keen knowledge of local business and markets in more than 100 countries.

21. The Hackett Group

Website: www.thehackettgroup.com

Address:

The Hackett Group
Martin House
5 Martin Lane
London EC4R 0DP
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 7398 9100

Founded in 1997, Hackett is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has 13 offices worldwide.

The Hackett Group is a global strategic business advisory, operations consulting and finance strategy firm with expertise in business best practices, business benchmarking, and transformation consulting services including strategy and operations, working capital management, and globalisation advice.

22. L.E.K.

Website: www.lek.com

Address:

L.E.K.
40 Grosvenor Place
London SW1X 7JL
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 389 7200

Founded in1983, LEK is headquartered in London and has 20 offices worldwide.

L.E.K. Consulting’s services draw on its core capabilities of research, benchmarking, modelling, analysis and strategy development to help companies determine with precision the best way forward.

23. McKinsey

Website: www.mckinsey.com

Address:

McKinsey & Company
No. 1 Jermyn Street
London SW1Y 4UH
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 839 8040

Founded in 1926, McKinsey is headquartered in New York and has 100 offices across 45 countries.

McKinsey provides management consulting services. It also offers business building, performance and structure management, organisational change, operations and customer management, and mergers and acquisitions advisory services.

24. The Parthenon Group

Website: www.parthenon.com

Address:

The Parthenon Group
39 Sloane Street
London SW1X 9LP
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 201 0460

Founded in 1991, Parthenon is headquartered in Boston and also has offices in San Francisco, London and Mumbai.

Parthenon offers strategic advisory services.  Parthenon is a strategic advisor to CEOs and business leaders throughout the world.

25. Roland Berger

Website: www.rolandberger.co.uk

Address:

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Ltd
6th Floor, 55 Baker Street
London W1U 8EW
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 203 075 1100

Founded in 1967, Roland Berger is headquartered in Munich and has 43 offices across 31 countries.

Roland Berger operates a generalist strategy consultancy and provides the world’s leading corporations with a broad range of services including brand management, corporate finance, corporate responsibility, customer relationship management, franchising, information management, manufacturing, marketing, and research & development.

List of strategy consulting firms in Hong Kong 2011

List of strategy consulting firms in Hong Kong

  1. Accenture
  2. Alvarez & Marsal
  3. Applied Value Group
  4. A.T. Kearney
  5. Bain & Company
  6. Booz & Company
  7. Boston Consulting Group
  8. Deloitte Consulting
  9. Forum Corporation
  10. Global Intelligence Alliance
  11. Hay Group
  12. Hill & Knowlton
  13. IMS Health
  14. Kurt Salmon Associates
  15. Lippincott
  16. McKinsey & Company
  17. Monitor Group
  18. Navigant Consulting
  19. OC&C Strategy Consultants
  20. Oliver Wyman
  21. Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
  22. Seabury Group
  23. Value Partners Management Consulting

1. Accenture

Website: www.accenture.com

Address:

Accenture
85/F International Commerce Centre
1 Austin Road West
Kowloon
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2249 2388

Established in 1989, Accenture operates in more than 120 countries worldwide.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

2. Alvarez & Marsal

Website: www.alvarezandmarsal.com

Address:

Alvarez & Marsal
11/F MassMutual Tower
38 Gloucester Road
Wanchai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3102 2600

Founded in 1983, A&M operates in 38 cities worldwide.

A&M is an independent global professional services firm which provides leadership, problem-solving and value-creation services to companies across the industry spectrum.

3. Applied Value Group

Website: www.appliedvaluegroup.com

Address:

Applied Value Group
Yuen Kee International Building
3 Queen Victoria Street, 1/F
Central
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2868 0014

Applied Value has offices in Stockholm, Shanghai, New York, London, Hong Kong, Detroit, and Boston.

Applied Value offers strategy, finance, and operations management services.

4. A.T. Kearney

Website: www.atkearney.com

Address: 

A.T. Kearney (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Room 1301, 13/F MassMutual Tower
38 Gloucester Road
Wanchai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2501 1400

Founded in 1926, A.T. Kearney operates across 55 locations world wide.

A.T. Kearney’s mission is to help the world’s leading corporations gain and sustain a competitive advantage, and to achieve profound, tangible results for its clients. Services offered include: complexity management, enterprise transformation, operations, procurement solutions, strategic information technology, strategy and sustainability.

5. Bain & Company

Website: www.bain.com

Address: 

Bain & Company (Hong Kong)
30/F, One International Finance Centre
1 Harbour View Street
Central
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2978 8800

Founded in 1973 when Bill Bain and others left BCG to form Bain & Company. Bain operates in 47 offices across 30 countries.

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.

6. Booz & Company

Website: www.booz.com

Address: 

Booz & Company
Unit 17, Level 18, Wheelock House
20 Pedder Street
Central
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3650 6100

Founded in Chicago in 1914 by Edwin G. Booz, Booz & Co broke away from Booz Allen Hamilton in 2008. The company operates in 62 offices across six continents.

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

7. BCG

Website: www.bcg.com

Address:

The Boston Consulting Group
34th Floor, Tower Two
Times Square
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2506 2111

Founded in 1963 by Bruce Henderson, BCG operates in 72 offices worldwide.

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.

8. Deloitte Consulting

Website: www.deloitte.com

Address: 35/F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Deloitte
35/F, One Pacific Place
88 Queensway
Admiralty
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2852 1600

Founded as an accountancy office in London in 1845, Deloitte has member firms in nearly 140 countries worldwide.

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

9. Forum Corporation

Website: www.forum.com

Address:

Forum Asia-Pacific – Hong Kong
23/F China Online Centre
333 Lockhart Road
Wanchai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3966 7288

Founded in 1971, Forum operates in 10 countries worldwide.

Forum helps senior leaders execute innovative, people-driven solutions that accelerate business growth, corporate change and overall performance.

10. Global Intelligence Alliance

Website: www.globalintelligence.com

Address:

Global Intelligence Alliance Hong Kong
88 Hing Fat Street, Unit 1902
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2107 4299

GIA has 11 offices worldwide.

GIA provides strategic market intelligence and advisory services anywhere around the world.

11. Hay Group

Website: www.haygroup.com

Address:

Hay Group
27/F, 3 Lockhart Road
Wanchai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2527 9797

Founded in 1943 by visionary Edward N. Hay, Hay Group operates in 84 offices across 48 countries.

Hay Group is a global management consulting firm that works with leaders to transform strategy into reality.

12. Hill & Knowlton

Website: www.hillandknowlton.com

Address:

Hill & Knowlton Asia Headquarters
36th Floor, PCCW Tower, Taikoo Place
979 Kings Road
Quarry Bay
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2894 6321

Founded in 1927, Hill & Knowlton is headquartered in New York and has 80 offices in 44 countries worldwide.

Hill & Knowlton is a leading international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients.

13. IMS Health

Website: www.imshealth.com

Address:

IMS Hong Kong, ChinaMetrik Ltd.
16/F, 80 Gloucester Road
Wan Chai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2581 1802

Founded in 1954, IMS is headquartered in Connecticut andhas 86 offices worldwide.

IMS is the leading provider of information services for the healthcare industry. Services offered are grouped into 3 categories: healthcare measurement, analytics & services, and consulting.

14. Kurt Salmon Associates

Website: www.kurtsalmon.com

Address:

Kurt Salmon Associates
99 Queen’s Road
66/F, The Center
Central
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3960 6448

Formed by the merger of Kurt Salmon Associates and Ineum Consulting, Kurt Salmon has offices in 15 countries across five continents.

Kurt Salmon is a global management consultancy.

15. Lippincott

Website: www.lippincott.com

Address:

Lippincott
26th Floor Central Plaza
18 Harbour Road
Wanchai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2301 7552

Founded in 1943 as Lippincott & Margulies, Lippincott has offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, New York and Paris.

Lippincott crafts authentic brand stories and memorable experiences that transform perception, enrich connections and drive change.

16. McKinsey & Company

Website: www.mckinsey.com

Address:

McKinsey & Company
40 Floor, ICBC Tower
3 Garden Road
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2868 1188

Founded in Chicago in 1926 and operating in Hong Kong since 1985, McKinsey is the world’s most prestigious consulting firm and operates in 101 locations worldwide.

McKinsey is a global management consulting firm, and trusted advisor to the world’s leading businesses, governments, and institutions.

17. Monitor Group

Website: www.monitor.com

Address:

Monitor Group Hong Kong Limited
Suite 219, 2/F, Shui On Centre
6-8 Harbour Road
Wanchai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2824 8322

Founded in 1983 by six entrepreneurs, including Harvard’s Michael Porter, Mark Fuller and Joseph Fuller, Monitor operates in 17 countries worldwide.

Monitor works with organizations to help them grow.  For corporations, that often means developing strategies for revenue growth. For governments, it means working on national economic development. For non-profits, it means helping to grow their social impact.  Monitor addresses all the problems that are involved in growth: strategy, marketing, pricing, innovation, product development, organization, leadership, economic competitiveness.

18. Navigant Consulting

Website: www.navigant.com

Address:

Navigant Consulting
108 Gloucester Road, Dah Sing
Financial Centre, Suites 2901-2904, 29th Floor
Wanchai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2233 2500

Navigant is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has offices throughout the world, including core offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Navigant has industry expertise in Energy, Healthcare, Construction and Financial Services, and has significant technical expertise in Disputes & Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory and Management Consulting.

19. OC&C Strategy Consultants

Website: www.occstrategy.com

Address:

OC&C Strategy Consultants
18/F Fu Fai Centre
27 Hillier Street
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2201 1700

Founded in 1987, OC&C Strategy Consultants has 11 offices worldwide.

OC&C helps clients across a wide range of industries find a creative, practical and actionable solutions to the challenges they face.

20. Oliver Wyman

Website: www.oliverwyman.com

Address:

Oliver Wyman
26th Central Plaza
18 Harbour Road
Wanchai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2506 0767

Formed through a long list of mergers since 1970, Oliver Wyman operates in 50+ cities across 25 countries.

Oliver Wyman is a leading global management consulting firm that combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, organizational transformation, and leadership development.

21. Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Website: www.rolandberger.com

Address:

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
16/F, Nexxus Building
41 Connaught Road
Central
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3757 9480

Founded in 1967, Roland Berger has offices in 31 countries.

Roland Berger is one of the world’s leading strategy consultancies. 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.

22. Seabury Group

Website: www.seaburygroup.com

Address:

Seabury Group
9/F, Somptuex Central
52-54 Wellington Street
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 9836 1556

Seabury Group has 10 offices worldwide.

Seabury Group is a global advisory and investment management group providing investment banking, restructuring, management consulting, IT development, and human capital advisory services.

23. Value Partners Management Consulting

Website: www.valuepartners.com

Address:

Spectrum Value Partners
1402 Harcourt House
39 Gloucester Road
Wan Chai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2103 1000

Founded in 1993, Value Partners Management Consulting has offices in 9 countries worldwide.

Value Partners has turnaround and change management expertise working with industrial and service multinationals.

Short list of consulting firms in Spain 2011

HERE is a short list of quality consultancies in Spain:

1. Everis

Website: www.everis.com

Founded in Madrid in 1996, Everis operates in 26 locations across 13 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, UK, USA).  In Spain, Everis has offices in A Coruña, Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Las Palmas, Madrid, Murcia, Sevilla, Valencia, Valladolid, and Zaragoza.

Everis undertakes projects in corporate strategy, business consulting and process engineering across a broad range of industries.

2. Accenture

Website: www.accenture.com

Founded in 1989 and operating in Spain since 1965, Accenture has operations in more than 150 cities worldwide. In Spain, Accenture has offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga, Valencia, Zaragoza and Sevilla.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Services in Spain are offered through three major operating companies: Accenture, Coritel (Accenture Technology Solutions) and Accenture Outsourcing Services.

3. PwC

Website: www.pwc.com

Founded in 1849 and operating in Spain since 1929, PwC operates in 154 countries worldwide. In Spain, PwC has offices in Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, La Coruña, Las Palmas, Logroño, Madrid, Malaga, Murcia, Oviedo, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santander, Sevilla, Valencia, Valladolid, Vigo, Vitoria, and Zaragoza.

PwC is the largest professional services firm in the world, and provides services in Audit, Accounting, Tax & Legal, Business Consulting, Corporate Finance, Transaction Advice, Corporate Restructuring, Forensics, HR Consulting, Corporate Governance, and Sustainability & Climate Change.

4. Roland Berger

Website: www.rolandberger.com

Founded in 1967, Roland Berger operates in 39 locations across 27 countries. In Spain, Roland Berger has offices in Barcelona and Madrid.

Roland Berger is one of the world’s leading strategy consultancies.

5. Lince Consulting

Website: www.linceconsulting.es

Founded in 2007 and run by the dynamic Conrad Garcia, Lince Consulting is headquartered in Barcelona, and has representatives and partners in more than 15 countries worldwide.

Lince provides integrated consultancy and internalisation services to small and medium businesses, mainly within Spain (the Spanish mainland, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands).

Student Run Management Consulting Firms

OVER the last 3 years we have witnessed the birth of student run management consulting firms in Australia.

Student run management consulting firms harness the energy and enthusiasm of capable students to help non-profits enhance their social impact, and provide a platform to foster mutually beneficial relationships between students and the non-profit sector. Students benefit because they have the opportunity to take ownership of real world projects, learn valuable consulting and leadership skills, make a meaningful contribution to local communities, and take responsibility for their personal and professional development.  At the same time, non-profits benefit because they receive pro bono consulting advice targeted to their specific organisational needs.

Spawned in Sydney

In 2007, Nathaniel Ware founded Australia’s first student run consultancy to help socially conscious organisations achieve a greater social impact. 180 Degrees Consulting started at Sydney University and now has chapters in Sydney, Stockholm, Mexico City and Vladivostok as well as working with affiliated student groups in India, the UK, South Africa, the USA and Romania. During its short history, 180 Degrees has worked with a wide range of nonprofits including Youth Off the Streets, Make a Difference, STARTTS, Kiva, Energy in Common, and the Red Cross.

You can contact 180 Degrees here.

Multiplying in Melbourne

In 2009, Fabian BurmeisterShiraj De Silva and Samantha Fu brought the buzz of student consulting to Melbourne. The Graduate Consulting Group (GCG) has its roots at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Management and has already worked with a range of nonprofits including The Aussie Hands Foundations, Kenya Australian Charity Organization and the Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project.

Your correspondent was recently in touch with GCG’s Advisory Board Member Max Teo and others, and was delighted by the professionalism and passion that this budding young group has for making a positive impact in the social sector. Alice Hu, one of GCG’s project consultants on the recently completed Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project, had the following to say about her reasons for joining GCG:

I joined GCG because I believe something more rewarding can be derived from obtaining a degree at one of the world’s leading tertiary institutions. GCG gives me a platform to contribute to our community by directly assisting and supporting those on the frontline of our nation’s not-for-profit causes.

Tak Wong, Head of Marketing, outlined that GCG differentiates itself from traditional student consulting firms on three fronts:

  1. Advisory Board: Perhaps the most significant differentiator is that GCG has a team of consulting professionals who support GCG in an advisory capacity. Beyond providing general advice, Advisory Board Members help structure problem solving efforts on client engagements and run training workshops to help student consultants hone their skills. GCG aims to support its members with top tier training, and give them the support they need to provide high value results for clients.
  2. Diverse pool of candidates: GCG consultants are not just undergraduates, they are also postgraduates, MBA students and recent graduates. They’re all high performing and hand-picked via GCG’s case interview process.
  3. Functional roles: GCG has a range of functional roles, which provide opportunities for students who might not necessarily want to get into consulting – e.g. Marketing, HR and Finance. These roles allow students to take up responsibilities that they would not usually be entitled to as a fresh graduate, and are valuable in supporting GCG’s mission to help non-profits achieve their full potential.

You can contact GCG here.

List of consulting firms in India

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

The list of consulting firms is long, so I have divided the firms into 3 categories:

  1. Strategy and general business consulting firms in India
  2. IT consulting firms in India
  3. HR consulting firms in India

Strategy and general business consulting firms in India 2008

THIS list of strategy and general business consulting firms forms part of the full list of consulting firms in India:

  1. McKinsey & Company
  2. Boston Consulting Group
  3. Bain Consulting India Pvt Ltd
  4. AT Kearney
  5. Accenture
  6. Tata Strategic Management Group
  7. A. F. Ferguson & Co.
  8. Arshiya International Ltd
  9. Deloitte
  10. KVP Business Solutions
  11. PRTM Management Consultants
  12. Madras Consultancy Group
  13. Noesis Strategic Consulting Services
  14. RAMMS
  15. Resonate Consulting Pvt Ltd
  16. Sampling Research
  17. Sathguru Management Consultants
  18. Technopak Advisors Pvt Ltd
  19. Vision Consulting
  20. Pristine Ventures
  21. Lakshy Management Consultant Pvt Ltd
  22. Synovate Business Consulting
  23. Breakthrough Management Group
  24. Axis Risk Consulting Services Pvt Ltd
  25. BMR & Associates
  26. Fractal Analytics
  27. Intellecap
  28. Denave India Pvt Ltd
  29. Axience
  30. MarketGate Consulting
  31. Qimpro Consultants Pvt Ltd
  32. i2m Management Services Pvt Ltd
  33. Avalon Consulting
  34. Global eProcure
  35. Innoversant Solutions

1. McKinsey & Company

Websitewww.mckinsey.com/locations/india

Founded in Chicago in 1926 and operating in India since 1993, McKinsey is the world’s most prestigious consulting firm and operates in 90 locations across 51 countries. In India, McKinsey has an office in Mumbai and Gurgaon (near New Delhi).

In India, McKinsey serves leading companies, nonprofits, and governments on issues ranging from enhancing operational efficiency to charting an India strategy.

2. Boston Consulting Group

Website: www.bcg.com

Founded in 1963 by Bruce Henderson and operating in India since 1996, BCG operates in 66 offices across 38 countries. In India, BCG has an office in Mumbai and New Delhi.

BCG is an international strategy and general management consulting firm. As a truly global firm, its strong global presence offers clients a wealth of cross-cultural experience.

3. Bain Consulting India Pvt Ltd

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 India, BCG has an office in New Delhi.

Bain India works with a range of corporate and private equity clients and has experience across more than thirty industries.

4. AT Kearney

Website: www.atkearney.com

Founded in 1926, A.T. Kearney has offices in 34 countries around the world. In India, A.T. Kearney has an office in Mumbai and New Delhi.

A.T. Kearney is a global management consulting firm with a broad range of capabilities ranging from strategy through to implementation.

5. Accenture

Website: www.accenture.com/Countries/India

Founded in 1989 and operating in India since 1987, Accenture has offices and operations in more than 150 cities across the world. In India, Accenture has an office in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

6. Tata Strategic Management Group

Website: www.tsmg.com

Founded in 1991, Tata has headquarters in Mumbai.

Tata is a large management consulting firm with expertise in various areas including: telecom, chemicals, automobiles, retail, consumer products, power, IT, banking, financial services, healthcare, insurance, infrastructure and government.

7. A. F. Ferguson & Co.

Website: www.afferguson.com

Founded in 1893 as a firm of Chartered Accountants by Alexander Fletcher Ferguson, AFF’s management consultancy division was established in 1967. AFF has an office in Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Vadodara.

AFF provides a range of services including: business strategy, marketing, finance, business effectiveness, human resource management, and systems and IT solutions.

8. Arshiya International Ltd

Website: www.arshiyainternational.com

Arshiya has headquarters in Mumbai and has offices in 15 cities globally. In India, Arshiya has an office in Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Vadodara, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.

Arshiya provides knowledge driven solutions focused on the areas of innovative technology, business process outsourcing, supply chain, demand chain and financial flow management services.

9. Deloitte

Website: www.deloitte.com/view/en_IN/in/index.htm

Founded as an accountancy office in London in 1845, Deloitte has member firms in nearly 140 countries worldwide. In India, Deloitte has an office in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Baroda, Chennai, Coimbatore, Goa, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Pune.

Deloitte offers a broad range of integrated services in the areas of audit and enterprise risk services, consulting, financial advisory, and tax.

10. KVP Business Solutions

Website: www.kvpcorp.com

KVP is based in Bangalore.

KVP works with global customers to optimize their cost of operations and increase revenues by providing consulting services for outsourcing and go-to-market strategies.

11. PRTM Management Consultants

Website: www.prtm.com

Founded in 1976, Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath (PRTM) is a global management consulting firm, which has over 20 offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia. In India, PRTM operates through its Bangalore office.

PRTM works with companies to build operational capabilities, drive product innovation, expand into new markets, and facilitate brand management. PRTM also works with global corporations to identify and forge local partnerships. PRTM focuses on the Automotive, Aerospace, Industrial, Healthcare, Telecommunications, and FMCG industry sectors.

12. Madras Consultancy Group

Website: www.consultmcg.com

Founded in 1985, MCG is based in Chennai.

MCG provides marketing advisory services and assists clients to develop market entry strategies, conduct industry studies, and carry out B2B market research and feasibility studies.

13. Noesis Strategic Consulting Services

Website: www.noesis.in

Noesis is based in New Delhi.

Noesis provides consultancy and advisory services on public policy and regulatory issues, formulation of corporate social responsibility strategies, investment advice in relation to infrastructure, equity and hedge funds.

14. RAMMS

Website: www.ramms.co.in

Founded in 1991, RAMMS has an office in Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkatta and Secunderabad.

RAMMS is a leading retail solutions company. RAMMS is part of the MAA Group headquartered in Bangalore.

15. Resonate Consulting Pvt Ltd

Website: www.resonateconsulting.com

Resonate Consulting is based in Mumbai.

Resonate Consulting is a group of change management and organisation development consultants.

16. Sampling Research

Website: www.samplingresearch.com/web

Sampling Research is based in New Delhi and has an office in Hayward, California.

Sampling Research offers audit, consultancy, and training services in innovation management, IP rights, research and statistics, and HR development & training.

17. Sathguru Management Consultants

Website: www.sathguru.com

Founded in 1985, Sathguru has an office in Hyderabad and Dhaka.

Sathguru is organised in three divisions: management consulting, information technology, and capital markets. Areas of expertise include life sciences, financial services, hospitality & entertainment, retailing, infrastructure, and IT solutions.

18. Technopak Advisors Pvt Ltd

Website: www.technopak.com

Founded in 1995 as a joint venture partner of US based Kurt Salmon Associates, Technopak has an office in Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Technopak is an international consumer products services and solutions company.

19. Vision Consulting

Website: www.visionconsultingindia.com

Vision has an office in New Delhi, Riyadh and Kuala Lumpur.

Vision provides management, training & e-learning, IT, and certification & rating consultancy services.

20. Pristine Ventures

Website: www.pvindia.com

Pristine is based in New Delhi.

Pristine is a strategy consulting firm specialising in market entry and business strategy.

21. Lakshy Management Consultant Pvt Ltd

Website: www.lakshy.com

Lakshy has an office in Mumbai, Baroda, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata and Orissa. They also have an office in New York, Calgary and the Maldives.

Lakshy provides consulting services in the fields of quality management, marketing management, human resources management, finance & strategic management. Lakshy specializes in the ISO management system certification standards. Lakshy provides consulting services and training for achieving ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environment Management, HACCP ISO 22000 Food Safety Management, OHSAS 18001, and SA 8000 Social Accountability.

22. Synovate Business Consulting

Website: www.synovate.com

Founded in 1994, Synovate has offices in Australia, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo.

Synovate provides market and competitive intelligence-based strategic advice to corporate clients in 22 Asia Pacific markets.

23. Breakthrough Management Group

Website: www.bmgindia.com

BMG India has its headquarters in Mumbai. BMG also has an office in Africa, Australia, China, Europe, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.

BMG is a leading provider of training and consulting services including.

24. Axis Risk Consulting Services Pvt Ltd

Founded in 2004 as a joint venture between Axis and the Ambit RSM Group, Axis Risk Consulting Services has an office in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Axis Risk Consulting Services provides risk consulting services, tax advisory and assurance and corporate advisory services.

25. BMR & Associates

Website: www.bmrtax.com

BMR has offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.

BMR is a premier professional services firm that provides clients with tax and regulatory advice.

26. Fractal Analytics

Website: www.fractalanalytics.com

Fractal has an office in Jersey City, Singapore and Mumbai.

Fractal provides analytics services including: modelling and analysis, data management, and text mining.

27. Intellecap

Website: www.intellecap.com

Intellecap has an office in Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Intellecap is focused on the multiple bottom-line investment industry. Intellecap facilitates investment initiatives, incubates innovative businesses and provides expert advice to assist profitable and sustainable development.

28. Denave India Pvt Ltd

Website: www.denave.com

Founded in 1999, Denave has headquarters in New Delhi and also has an office in Pune, Nagpur, Cochin, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Surat, Indore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kolkata ,Mumbai, and Chennai.

Denave is a pan-Indian integrated business process design and restructuring organization that provides a host of services in the sales and marketing domain. Denave aims to make businesses more competitive in their markets through precise execution of analytical strategies, supplemented by cutting-edge technologies and processes.

29. Axience

Website: www.axience.com

Founded in 2007, Axience is based in Mumbai.

Axience is a specialized provider of services to the financial services industry combining high end financial analytics, modelling and data services with high quality business intelligence.

30. MarketGate Consulting

Website: www.market-gate.com

MarketGate is based in Mumbai.

MarketGate is a strategic business and marketing consulting firm, which aims to grow the brands of its clients with well executed winning strategies.

31. Qimpro Consultants Pvt Ltd

Website: www.qimpro.com

Founded in 1987, Qimpro is based in Mumbai and has conducted assignments in India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Sultanate of Oman and Kenya.

Qimpro has pioneered the quality movement in India through professional services that range from assessment to transformation management, and from training to coaching and facilitation.

32. i2m Management Services Pvt Ltd

Website: www.i2mservices.com

Founded in 2005, i2m is based in Mumbai.

i2m provides consulting and project management services including: capability development, project portfolio management, methodology development, and project support.

33. Avalon Consulting

Website: www.consultavalon.com

Founded in 1989, Avalon has an office in Mumbai, Chennai, and New Delhi.

Avalon is a strategy and management consulting firm. Avalon provides services including: customer relationship enhancement, corporate strategy, web strategy, performance improvement, financial engineering, biotechnology, and business research.

34. Global eProcure

Website: www.globaleprocure.com

Global eProcure has an office in Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Prague, Shanghai, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Global eProcure is a procurement transformation solutions company that provides the Sourcing and Procure-to-Pay (P2P) Software, consulting, and outsourcing services.

35. Innoversant Solutions

Website: www.innoversant.com

With over 30 years experience providing consulting services, Innoversant Solutions has its head office in Bangalore.

Innoversant Solutions is a boutique, multi-disciplinary management consulting firm assisting international and domestic businesses and economic development agencies. Innoversant Solutions provides various services, including Business Development and Marketing, Investment Attraction and Trade Promotion.  Innoversant Solutions is a member of several prestigious industry bodies including CII, TiE, and Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.

IT consulting firms in India 2008

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

  1. Diamond Management & Technology Consultants
  2. Capgemini
  3. Binary Semantics
  4. ISHIR Digital
  5. ProcessLOGIX Consulting Pvt Ltd
  6. RADIX
  7. Corbus

1. Diamond Management & Technology Consultants

Website: www.diamondconsultants.com

Diamond has headquarters in Chicago and offices in Hartford, New York, Washington D.C., London and Mumbai.

Diamond is a management and technology consulting firm. The Diamond Information and Analytics Centre is based out of Mumbai and serves Diamond’s clients globally. Diamond’s Mumbai office has expertise across four industries: telecom, media and entertainment, financial services, and retail.

2. Capgemini

Website: www.in.capgemini.com

Founded by Serge Kampf in Grenoble in 1967, Capgemini is headquartered in Paris and operates in more than 36 countries. In India, Capgemini has an office in Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata , Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai.

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.

3. Binary Semantics

Website: www.bslindia.com

Binary Semantics has an office in Edison (USA), Ottawa (Canada), Gurgaon, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Binary Semantics is a global software development company providing software development, research, web development, IT outsourcing services, optimisation, mathematical modelling, and consulting services.

4. ISHIR Digital

Website: www.ishirinc.com

Founded in 2000, ISHIR has an office in Dallas, USA and an offshore office in Noida, India.

ISHIR is a growing web design and SEO services company that develops leading-edge web solution that delivers professional services to the small and medium-sized organizations.

5. ProcessLOGIX Consulting Pvt Ltd

Website: www.processlogixconsulting.com

Founded in 2005, ProcessLOGIX is based in Mumbai.

ProcessLOGIX provides management and IT consultancy services.

6. RADIX

Website: www.radix.co.in

RADIX has headquarters in Ahmedabad and an office in Los Angeles, USA.

Radix is an offshore software development company.

7. Corbus

Website: www.corbus.com

Founded in 1994, Corbus has offices in Delhi (India), London (England), and Dayton-Ohio (USA).

Corbus provides IT and procurement outsourcing services.

HR consulting firms in India 2008

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

  1. Mitcon Consultancy Services Ltd
  2. Vruksham Talent Group
  3. ALP Management Consultants
  4. Synergetics
  5. Omam Consultants
  6. Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd
  7. ABC Consultants Pvt Ltd

1. Mitcon Consultancy Services Ltd

Website: www.mitconindia.com

Founded in 1982, MITCON is based in Pune and also has an office in Mumbai and New Delhi.

MITCON provides total consultancy and training services to existing and new entrepreneurs, looking at a range of industry sectors.

2. Vruksham Talent Group

Website: www.vruksham.com

Founded in 1999, Vruksham has headquarters in Bangalore and offices in Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Mangalore and Pondicherry.

Vruksham provides management, recruitment, and software consultancy services.

3. ALP Management Consultants

Website: www.alpconsultants.com

Founded in 1996 in Bangalore, ALP has an office in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Edison.

ALP provides recruitment consulting services.

4. Synergetics

Website: www.synergetics-india.com

Synergetics has an office in New Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

Synergetics is a leading “software development training” provider.

5. Omam Consultants

Website: www.omamconsultants.com

Omam has an office in New Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Omam recruits candidates for senior and middle level management. Omam provides recruitment services to a wide range of industry segments including: telecom, engineering, automobile, FMCG, banks, insurance, chemical, petroleum, and infrastructure.

6. Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd

Website: www.mafoi.com

Founded in 1992, Ma Foi has a strong global presence across Europe, USA, Middle East, South and Southeast Asia. Ma Foi has an office in Chennai, Colombo, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Shanghai, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Kuala Lumpur, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Bangkok, London, and New Jersey.

Ma Foi is a global HR consulting firm providing a range of services including: staffing, executive search, HR automation & outsourcing, consulting advice, and training.

7. ABC Consultants Pvt Ltd

Website: www.abcconsultants.net

Founded in 1969 by Dr B P Agrawal, ABC Consultants operate in India, the UK and Dubai. In India, ABC Consultants have an office in Kolkata (Calcutta), New Delhi, Bangalore, Madras, and Hyderabad.

ABC Consultants is the pioneer of organised recruitment services in India. Its focus is on middle and senior management talent needs. ABC Consultants recruits across various industry segments for multinational corporations as well as leading Indian business houses.

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).

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.

List of consulting firms in Australia

AN IMPORTANT step towards obtaining a job in a consulting firm is to create a target list of firms that you would like to work for. This can be a very time consuming process.

With the view to saving you a couple of hours, I have prepared a list of consulting firms operating in Australia. This is not an exhaustive list, so if I have overlooked any good consulting firms (I have), let me know.

To make it easier to find the consulting firm you are looking for, consulting firms have been grouped in one of four categories: Strategy and general business, Human resources, Information technology, and Sustainability. Where a consultancy could have been placed under more than one heading, I have placed under the heading I thought was most relevant.

Although some of the consulting firms listed below operate internationally, I have created this list specifically for Australia, but don’t despair! I intend to create specific lists for other countries, for example, India, the UK, USA, Singapore, and China. I plan to do this over the next few months.

Of all the firms I looked at, I have only included the ones that appeared to be of good quality. If you have used any of these firms, please let everyone know what you thought of them – the good and the bad.

Since there are quite a few firms, I have broken the list down into four categories:

  1. Strategy and general business consulting
  2. HR (human resources) consulting
  3. IT (information technology) consulting
  4. Sustainability consulting

HR consulting firms in Australia 2008

HR consulting firms

THE list of HR consulting firms is part of the full list of consulting firms in Australia:

  1. Amazing Results
  2. Greg Bailey Consulting
  3. Inspiritive
  4. Maxumise
  5. Michael Page International
  6. Right Consulting

1. Amazing Results

Website: www.amazingresults.com.au

Amazing Results has its head office in Sydney and also operates out of Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.

Amazing Results is an Australian human resources consulting firm, which provides talent management, resume assistance, business mentoring and coaching, HR and performance assessment services.

2. Greg Bailey Consulting

Website: www.gbc.net.au

Founded in 2003, GBC is based in Melbourne.

GBC is a boutique consulting firm, specialising in the fields of contact centre management, service delivery, and customer service training.

3. Inspiritive

Website: www.inspiritive.com.au

Founded in 1992, Inspiritive is located in Sydney and Melbourne.

Inspiritive is a training and consulting company specialising in the development, teaching and application of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

4. Maxumise

Website: www.maxumise.com.au

Founded in 1996, Maxumise has offices in Sydney, Fiji and London.

Maxumise provides organisational and human resource consulting services.

5. Michael Page International

Website: www.michaelpage.com.au

Founded in 1976, the Group operates through 149 offices in 25 countries worldwide. In Australia, Michael Page operates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Michael Page is a leading professional recruitment consultancy specialising in the recruitment of permanent, contract and temporary positions on behalf of the world’s top employers.

6. Right Consulting

Website: www.right.com

Founded in 1980, Right Consulting operates in over 300 locations across 50 countries. In Australia, Right Consulting operates in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Right Consulting helps companies to attract and assess talent, develop and train staff, engage and align people with organisations, and help to provide outplacement initiatives.

IT consulting firms in Australia 2008

THE list of IT consulting firms is part of the full list of consulting firms in Australia:

  1. The DLA Group
  2. JDCA Technology Dimensions
  3. Red Prime Media & Communications
  4. SMS Management & Technology
  5. Wiliam

1. The DLA Group

Website: www.dlagroup.com.au

DLA is located in Sydney.

The DLA Group is an IT consulting, software development and distribution company. DLA’s clients include many multi-nationals, government and vertical market software development groups who rely on DLA for strategic IT advice, technical support and knowledge management software.

2. JDCA Technology Dimensions

Website: www.jdca.com.au

Founded in 1984, JDCA operates out of Sydney.

JDCA Technology Dimensions specialises in the provision of technology-related services to small to medium enterprises.

3. Red Prime Media & Communications

Website: www.red-prime.com.au

Founded in 2006, Red Prime Media & Communication, originally called Summer Internet, is located in Melbourne.

The primary interest of Red Prime is in web consulting and web marketing for international businesses, helping them bridge businesses between China and Australia. Red Prime specialises in multi-lingual websites.

4. SMS Management & Technology

Website: www.smsmt.com

Founded in 1986 on the basis of three core rules: add value, maintain unity and enhance reputation. SMS has offices in the ACT, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Mackay QLD, Mawson Lakes SA, and Singapore.

SMS claims to be Australia’s largest publicly listed Management Services Company, providing consulting, resourcing and technology services to Australian and international governments and corporations.

5. Wiliam

Website: www.wiliam.com.au

Founded in 1997, Wiliam is based in Sydney.

Wiliam is a leading Australian web site design, development, strategy and online marketing firm.

#1 McKinsey – an overview of the top four consulting firms 2008

APPLYING for a job as a consultant can be a difficult and daunting task. Consulting jobs are highly sought after and the competition is intense. The process of polishing your resume, writing applications and preparing for case interviews can be exhausting and time consuming. Over and above the time actually spent in interviews, each consulting firm you apply for will require hours of research and preparation. Before you set out along that long are arduous path, it is probably a good idea to know who the top consulting firms are and understand a little bit about them. This will help you to focus your effort.

In 2008, the Vault Guide ranked the top 50 most prestigious consulting firms in the world. I have provided an overview of the top four firms, ranked as follows

  1. McKinsey & Company
  2. Boston Consulting Group
  3. Bain & Company
  4. Booz Allen Hamilton

All of these firms have significant global operations and have a strong presence in Sydney. All the information here was obtained from the Vault Guide to the Top 50 Management and Strategy Consulting Firms, 2009 Edition (Vault Career Library), Wikipedia and the respective firm websites.

1. McKinsey & Company

Organisation type

Private company

Headquarters

New York, New York, USA

Key people

Ian Davis, Managing Director

Size

7,500 consultants (13,000 employees) in 90 offices across 51 countries

Revenue

$4.37 billion (2007, Forbes estimate).

Mission

To help clients make distinctive, lasting, and substantial improvements in their performance and to build a great firm that is able to attract, develop, excite, and retain exceptional people.

Operational structure

Although being a private company, McKinsey operates under a decentralised partnership structure.

McKinsey organises its business into six functional practices and 18 industry practices. Functional practices include business technology office, corporate finance, marketing and sales, operations, organisation and strategy.

Clients

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

Culture

The core guiding principle at McKinsey & Company is professionalism.

Maintaining client confidence is very important. McKinsey does not trumpet the names of its clients or highlight its major engagements.

Career development is intensely feedback oriented.

McKinsey operates under a practice of “up or out,” in which consultants must advance in their consulting careers within a time frame, or else leave the company.

The firm has an endemic ‘long hours’ culture.

Consultants are often required to travel to work with a client in another city.

Publications

Periodicals: McKinsey Quarterly (published six times a year); McKinsey on IT; and McKinsey on Finance.

Books:
– The Alchemy of Growth: Practical Insights for Building the Enduring Enterprise
– Creative Destruction: Why Companies That Are Built to Last Underperform the Market–And How to Successfully Transform Them
– The War for Talent
– In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies (Collins Business Essentials)

Brief history

1926 Firm founded in Chicago by Prof. James McKinsey

1933 Marvin Bower joined the firm in 1933 and served as managing director from 1950 to 1967. He is widely credited with being the founder of professional management consulting. Bower established many of McKinsey’s guiding principles.

1959 London office opens

1990 McKinsey Global Institute established

2001 The McKinsey Institute on the Non-profit Sector launched

2003 Shanghai office opens

Nota bene

Vault consulting firm rankings:

· Ranked most prestigious consulting firm in the world in 2008 for the last five years running; and

· Ranked best energy consulting and financial consulting firm in 2007.

The firm serves three of the world’s five largest companies and two-thirds of the Fortune 1000.

Jeff Skilling, the now disgraced ex-CEO of Enron, was a former McKinsey consultant. Enron received strategy advice from McKinsey.

Careers information

Associates and analysts with at least one year of McKinsey experience can apply to the firm’s Community Fellows program, working exclusively on non-profit projects for 6 to 9 months.

McKinsey places heavy emphasis on the use of the case interview in order to assess your capabilities and potential in four main areas.

1. Problem solving,

2. Achievement,

3. personal impact, and

4. leadership.

Website

http://www.mckinsey.com/

#2 BCG – an overview of the top four consulting firms 2008

 

  1. McKinsey & Company
  2. Boston Consulting Group
  3. Bain & Company
  4. Booz Allen Hamilton

2. Boston Consulting Group

Organisation type

Private Company

Headquarters

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Key people

Hans-Paul Burkner, President and CEO

Size

3,900 consultants (2007) in 66 offices across 38 countries

Revenue

$1.8 billion (2006, Vault)

Expertise

Business strategy

Mission

BCG is committed to:

· Creating competitive advantage through unique solutions

· Building capabilities and mobilizing organizations

· Driving sustainable impact

· Providing unparalleled opportunities for personal growth

· Succeeding together with passion and trust

Operational structure

BCG divides its services into functions including branding, consumer goods, corporate finance and strategy, e-commerce, globalisation, health care, industrial goods, information technology, innovation, intellectual property, marketing and sales, operations, organisation, post-merger integration and strategy.

BCG has a strong presence in Asia.

Clients

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

Culture

BCG supports openness and diversity of opinion. It has a non-hierarchical structure where junior consultants are given responsibility and have access to partners.

BCG reportedly has a friendly and cooperative culture.

BCG has a reputation as a high travel firm.

BCG reportedly has a good work life balance and is less interested in hours spent in the office than it is on results produced.

It appears that BCG does has an “up or out” policy.

 

Recent publications

2006Treasure Hunt: Inside the Mind of the New Consumer’ by Michael Silverstein

2006 The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy: Classic Concepts and New Perspectives

2005The Forgotten Half of Change: Achieving Greater Creativity through Changes in Perception’ by Luc de Brabandere .

2004 Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win’ by George Stalk

Brief history

1963 founded by Bruce Henderson. Henderson left Arthur D. Little to accept the challenge from the CEO of the Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company to start a consulting arm for the bank.

1965 Henderson pioneered Business Strategy as a special area of expertise for BCG.

1966 BCG developed their first breakthrough concept, the Experience Curve. The concept stipulates that unit costs characteristically go down over time as experience increases. This concept helped in the understanding of the role that market share plays in establishing competitive advantage.

1966 BCG becomes the first Western strategy consulting firm in Japan.

1968 BCG developed the growth share matrix, which is simple conceptual framework for resource allocation within a firm. .

1975 BCG stock is sold to its employees through an employee stock ownership plan as a means of purchasing the company from The Boston Company. This was one of America’s first ESOPs. The buyout of all shares was completed in 1979.

1988 George Stalk wrote “Time: The Next Source of Competitive Advantage”, from which academic and business communities embraced the concept of time based competition.

1990 BCG opens the Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland offices.

1998 Creation of the Strategy Institute to research and foster discussion on innovation.

Nota bene

Awards:

2008 Ranked 2nd most prestigious consulting firm in the Vault consulting firm rankings.

2008. Ranked 11th overall, and 1st among smaller companies, in Fortune Magazine‘s 2008 “100 Best US Companies to Work For” survey, based on strong employee development, a supportive culture, and progressive benefits.

2007. Named best large consulting firm in Australia in BRW magazine’s annual Client Choice Awards.

Careers information

Consultants can expect to be involved in pro bono work. Recent projects have included, developing a comprehensive environmental plan for eastern Germany and designing a five year strategy for the World Wildlife Fund.

BCG places heavy emphasis on the use of the case interview and looks for a combination of curiosity and competence.

Website

http://www.bcg.com/

#3 Bain – an overview of the top four consulting firms 2008

  1. McKinsey & Company
  2. Boston Consulting Group
  3. Bain & Company
  4. Booz Allen Hamilton

3. Bain & Company

Organisation type

Private company

Headquarters

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Key people

Steve Ellis, Managing Director. A Stanford MBA, Ellis co-founded Focus, Inc., a Silicon Valley consulting firm, before coming on board at Bain.

Orit Gadiesh, Chairman of the Board

Size

3,700 employees in 38 offices across 25 countries

Revenue

$US1.3 billion (2006)

Expertise

The first consultancy of its kind to establish a private equity practice. Bain & Company 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.

One of Bain’s areas of expertise is the luxury sector.

Slogan

Helping make companies more valuable

Mission

To help companies achieve sustainable results.

Guiding principles

Bain measures its success by the results of its clients. It distinguishes itself from competitors like BCG and McKinsey with its notion of results-oriented consultancy. Bain pioneered the idea of aligning its incentives with its clients’ results and occasionally taking equity in lieu of fees.

Clients

Bain’s engagements are divided between small- and midsized companies, with roughly 40 percent of its engagements coming from this demographic. Bain also works with Fortune 500 and private equity clients.

Culture

BCG is purported to have a relatively high proportion of undergrads relative to BCG and McKinsey. Creating a more lively office culture.

Work/life balance seems to be important at Bain but is achieved on a six month time frame, rather than being balanced every week.

Bain’s results-oriented culture means that consultants can choose when the want to work and schedule free time for important events.

Bain appears not to require as much travelling as McKinsey and BCG. Consultants will go to a client when they need to collect data or to make a presentation.

Bain has a non-hierarchical and meritocratic system, people work in teams and are hired and promoted on merit.

Exposure to clients and top-level executives is purported to be given at an early stage.

Bain encourages consultants to work on a range of project types across a variety of industries in order to develop strong generalist skills before being tied down to one area of expertise.

Recent publications

2007Unstoppable: Finding Hidden Assets to Renew the Core and Fuel Profitable Growth

2006The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth’ by Fred Reichheld .

2004 Mastering the Merger: Four Critical Decisions That Make or Break the Deal by David Harding and Sam Rovit

Brief history

1973 Bill Bain and others left BCG to form Bain & Company

1984 Bain Capital, a successful venture capital firm was founded by Bain partners (including Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney). Bain Capital has around $27 billion in assets under management. Bain Capital’s funds include private equity, venture capital, public equity and leveraged debt assets.

1985 Bain was incorporated in 1985 and over the course of two years the Employee Stock Ownership Plan was established.

2000 Bain founded a non-profit group called The Bridgespan Group, which offers fresh management strategy approaches for clients in the non-profit world, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bain’s consultants rotate into Bridgespan from the parent consultancy for six-month rotations.

2006 Bain is a late comer to India, in 2006 it opened a full-fledged office in New Delhi

Nota bene

2008 Ranked 3rd most prestigious consulting firm by the Vault Guide.

2007 Ranked as the best firm to work for every year for the last five years by Consulting Magazine.

2007 Ranked as the best workplace in France by the Great Place to Work Institute

2007 Ranked as the best place to work in Europe and the UK by the Financial Times

Careers information

In a Financial Times interview, Bain partner Bill Neuenfeldt identifies the desired qualities in potential hires as “intelligence, integrity, passion and the ambition to make a difference”. Bain also looks for candidates with an enthusiasm for problem-solving and an analytical skill-set.

Bain has a tradition of pro bono work and aims to make a significant investment on important social issues.

Bain is purported to be just as selective as McKinsey and more selective than consultancies like Booz Allen, Monitor and A.T. Kearney.

Intelligence is important, but demonstrating energy and professionalism is also very important.

One consultant interviewed in the Vault Guide indicated that it is important to “make sure you have a compelling and customized story about why you want to be a consultant at Bain.”

Website

www.bain.com

#4 Booz Allen Hamilton – an overview of the top four consulting firms 2008

 

  1. McKinsey & Company
  2. Boston Consulting Group
  3. Bain & Company
  4. Booz Allen Hamilton

NOTE: In July 2008, Booz Allen Hamilton separated its two core businesses into two companies. Booz Allen Hamilton now provides U.S. government consulting, and Booz & Company provides commercial management consulting.

4. Booz Allen Hamilton

Organisation type

Private company

Headquarters

McLean, Virginia, USA

Key people

Dr. Ralph Shrader, Chairman and CEO

Other key people

Size

19,000 employees in 115 offices across six continents

Revenue

$4 billion (2006)

Expertise

Main expertise is strategy and technology consulting, in commercial and government sectors.

Mission

To deliver results that endure.

Operational structure

Firm’s services are broken into strategy and leadership, organization and change management, operations, innovation, sales and marketing, and information technology.

Clients

After WWI, Edwin Booz increasingly used his ties to Washington and the public sector, establishing a tradition of government service that continues at Booz Allen to the present.

Booz clients also include the world’s largest corporations and emerging growth companies from every industry sector and every country.

Culture

Client confidentiality is important at Booz Allen and the firm doesn’t typically publicise the names of clients.

The firm is said to have a very non-hierarchical open structure which fosters a culture of team work and cooperation.

Booz Allen consultants typically get heavy workloads and travel is a fairly regular thing. Consultants at Booz Allen would generally be out-of-town four days at a stretch, with Fridays back at the home office.

Promotions are up-or-out, you get promoted upwards or asked to leave.

Publications

Since 1995, the firm has published strategy+business, a magazine for business executives.

Brief history

1914 Founded in Chicago by Edwin G. Booz. Booz believed that companies would be more successful if they could call on someone outside their own organizations for expert advice. He is credited with being the founder of the management consulting profession.

1940 The firm was hired to help the US Secretary of the Navy with WWII preparations, marking the beginning of a longstanding relationship with the US Federal Government.

1950s The firm went global in the 1950s, with a contract in the Philippines and its first international office in Zurich.

1962 Firm changes its structure from a partnership to a privately held corporation.

1970 Booz Allen goes public with an initial offering of 500,000 shares at $24 per share.

1976 The partners took the firm private again through one of the first management buyouts to allow the firm to consider long-range investments that companies beholden to shareholders might not be able to make.

1982 Booz Allen Vice President Keith Oliver develops the concept for supply chain management working with the Dutch electronics giant Phillips.

2003 Booz Allen develops the Org DNA online self-assessment tool, enabling company leaders to better understand how the inherent traits of their organisations influence employee behaviour and affect company performance.

Nota bene

Notable intellectual contributions include the OrgDNA framework, the PERT management technique, and the product lifecycle theory.

2008 Ranked 4th most prestigious consulting firm in the world by the Vault Guide.

2007. The firm has been recognized one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother magazine for seven straight years to 2007

2007. The firm has been recognised as one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for two years running in 2007

Careers information

There is a strong emphasis on case interviews.

Website

www.boozallen.com