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  • »Confluent Talent: It Might Just be Rocket Science
    While strategic HR decisions may not equate to life-or-death, for employers the alignment of talent management with business strategy will determine the future of the business. Employers with tens of thousands of employees are stuck in decision limbo.
  • »Breaking the Cycle of Volatility and Supply Chain Performance Deterioration

    The great moderation that lasted from the mid-1980s through 2007 was characterized by low volatility and strong gains in business performance that combined in the fashion of a virtuous cycle. The supply chain was a significant beneficiary and source of these gains.
  • »Disruption, Financial Services and the Buffalo Bills
    The year was 1996: Alanis Morissette and the Smashing Pumpkins dominated radio—we still listened to radio back then—while your Internet 1.0 experience began when your dial-up modem screeched for 20 seconds and then connected you to your AOL account. You had mail! It was in that year that Episode 7 of the fourth season of the popular SciFi drama The X-Files aired, during which a conspiracy was laid bare in a secret meeting by powerful men.
  • »It’s a Floorwax... It’s a Dessert Topping... Actually, it’s Both!
    There are few sure things in the world. One might cite death and taxes, but only slightly down the list is the inevitable answer a Big Four consultant provides to the question “What is your firm’s strength?” Everything, of course.
  • »Show Me The Money
    Management consulting is a cash business. Now salaries and bonuses within the consulting industry are certainly not at the stratospheric levels enjoyed by their kindred brethren in investment banking. But consultants generally do realize much-better-than-average wages relative to their counterparts in the corporate world.
  • »Will ‘Knowledge Workers’ (Consultants) Be Replaced by Machines? It’s Possible
    The management consulting industry to date has been largely unscathed by the wave of technological change. However, there are signs that digital technologies are now beginning to disrupt the management consulting industry as well, with potentially deep and far-reaching consequences.
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Travel Advisory

  • »Survey: Consultants Are On the Road Again
    After years of fits and starts in an uncertain economy, travel is back in the consulting profession, at least according to the results of our annual Best Places to Stay survey.
  • »Marriott Goes Big in NYC
    Marriott International, Inc. and G Holdings opened what they’re calling an “iconic addition” to the New York skyline, a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in midtown Manhattan. The $320 million, 68-story property is the tallest single-use hotel in North America.
  • »Best Places to Stay: Travel Bounces Back
    Consultants are on the road again, at least according to the results of our annual Best Places to Stay survey.
  • »FAA: ‘Staffing Challenges’ Causing Delays
    In case you haven’t noticed, non-weather related delays at U.S. airports are on the rise. (And I know you’ve noticed that weather-related delays are definitely on the rise.)
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Book It!

  • »Q&A: Keeping It Simple
    BCG’s Six Simple Rules sets out to simplify some organizational complexity.
  • »Review: Leading the Life You Want
    It seems that everyone has an opinion on work/life balance these days, but Stewart D. Friedman’s Leading the Life You Want isn’t necessarily one of them.
  • »Review: The Culture Map
    Globalization led to the rapid connection of internationally based employees from all levels of multinational companies, and now those same employees are expected to collaborate with colleagues scattered all over the world.
  • »Review: Twitter is Not a Strategy
    Today’s digital frenzy has led many to declare that advertising is dead… or at least dying. Is it?
  • »Excerpt: Procurement as Productivity
    The following is an excerpt from the book Procurement 20/20: Supply Entrepreneurship in a Changing World by a quartet of McKinsey & Company consultants—Peter Spiller, Nicolas Reinecke, Drew Ungerman and Henrique Teixera.
  • »Review: The Risk-Driven Business Model
    Most companies focus their innovation on new products.
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  • 8 7 2014
    »A Critical Condition
    Even amid some very good news, the state of healthcare remains in need of some pretty intensive care. Upheaval, transformation and disruption define the delicate and chaotic state of the industry. Can consultants find a cure?
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  • 8 7 2014
    »What's Next?
    As clients make the transition to be more data-intensive, experience-based enterprises, there’s a technology component to that change, but there’s also massive organizational and cultural transformation required. The consulting profession is going to have to adjust.
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  • 7 8 2014
    »A Seismic Shift
    Over the last three decades, developed economies have enjoyed the benefits of first-mover advantage in globalizing their operations, which has given a major shot in the arm to the West’s bottom line. Deloitte’s recent report, Business Trends 2014: The Next Wave of Globalization, shows leaders in the developing world are brimming with confidence that sunnier days are ahead.
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  • 6 5 2014
    »Cognizant’s ‘Code Halos’
    For the past two years, Malcolm Frank, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Cognizant, has largely stepped away from the firm’s day-to-day operations to conduct research into how CEOs, CFOs and CIOs can and should adapt business practices to leverage the information that surrounds every person, device, process and organization.
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  • 5 2 2014
    »The Elephant In The Room: CPG on the Cusp of DTC
    With emerging risks rapidly approaching—unexpected consumer attitudes, upheaval in the retail industry, channel conflicts, product customization, dynamic pricing and an e-commerce-fueled direct-to-consumer (DTC) shift, CPG companies are scrambling for answers. Can consultants provide them?
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  • 5 2 2014
    »Digital Domain
    Seeta Hariharan to lead TCS’ new Digital Software & Solutions Group Organizations in key sectors like Retail, Banking & Financial and Communications are finding themselves faced with a daunting task: adapt to the new digital environment or risk losing relevancy (and customers with it).
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  • 5 2 2014
    »Case Study: Crowe Horwath Helps Triage Information Security at Greenville Health System
    Greenville Health System (GHS) is a public not-for-profit academic health system. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., GHS has six medical campuses, five acute-care hospitals, and four specialty hospitals in addition to other facilities and practice sites.
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  • 4 4 2014
    »The Rising Stars of the Profession: Keith Campbell
    As is the case with many of the Rising Stars of the Profession, West Monroe Partners’ Keith Campbell has a natural aversion to bureaucratic limitations to career progression.
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  • 4 4 2014
    »BCG: China’s Healthcare Explosion
    Chinese consumers are the most health-conscious people in the world, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group.
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  • 3 5 2014
    »IBM Launches ‘Interactive Experience’ Consulting Practice
    IBM unveiled a global consulting practice that anticipates the emerging client demand for irresistible user experiences as the point of entry to high-value relationships with their customers, employees, prospects and partners.
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