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  • »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.
  • »A Force in Consumer Banking
    Banks have been stepping up their customer satisfaction game in recent years against the typical market forces at play. The pace of change has been head-spinning for an industry not well known for its swift response to customers.
  • »Time To Simplify and Get Organized (Well, At Least Your Cloud Services)
    The practice of adding cloud services in silos and based on specific department needs often results in overlapping and many different contracts with the same vendors.
  • »Riding the Waves of Healthcare Risk
    The modern healthcare system is much like the ocean—stormy, choppy, and hostile at times, soothing, calm and inviting at others. For surfers, the more waves you go for, the more you will catch, and the more likely you’ll “wipe-out.”
  • »The Department of Defense Wants a New Mantra
    “Do more with less.” It’s become a tired refrain that U.S. Department of Defense leadership is all too familiar with hearing from all directions, whether it is their direct superiors, Congress, or the Executive.
  • »Things Go Wrong
    Things go wrong. Anyone who plays poker knows this. One moment you’re on the verge of a royal flush, and the next, you pull a six of diamonds, and you’re called. Things do indeed go wrong.
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Travel Advisory

  • »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.)
  • »Hilton’s Building Boom
    Coming off a whirlwind 2012, Hilton Worldwide is the fastest growing global hospitality company by number of rooms.
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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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  • 10 14 2014
    »One on One with Robert Wise from Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory
    Consulting firm compensation is a hot button issue these days. While the industry overall enjoys solid growth, compensation at consultancies has actually remained somewhat flat. This has resulted in more consultants staying put at their firms, and lowering industry-wide attrition. Is that necessarily a good thing?
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  • 10 10 2014
    »IBM, Apple: A Story of Goliath & Goliath
    IBM’s Chief Strategist talks partnering with Apple—and what it means for analytics
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  • 9 8 2014
    »Executive Roundtable: The New Normal
    Clients have realized it’s a new day: C-level management teams are realizing that the incremental, one-at-a-time changes of the past won’t deliver the type of results customers are now demanding. In more settled times, business leaders could take comfort in the notion that an incremental approach to change made sense: But not today—economic and political uncertainly have helped usher in a new era of consulting, one that requires a complete overhaul of the client and, ultimately, the customer experience.
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  • 9 8 2014
    »The New HR Agenda
    Welcome to the world of evidence-based HR, one where consultants are being asked to use analytics and technology to deliver strategic services and sustainable solutions. Talent management remains the top priority, but there’s plenty more on the HR professionals’ plates these days.
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  • 9 8 2014
    »Pace Harmon Now Employee Owned
    Pace Harmon announced that it has implemented an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) as it completes the transition to a 100 percent employee-owned company.
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  • 9 8 2014
    »EY Unveils Global Analytics Center
    Being able to analyze an ever-increasing volume and variety of information now sits at the top of the business agenda as organizations grapple with gaining real insights that help improve business performance and pro-actively manage risk. For this reason, EY has established a Global Analytics Center of Excellence (COE) and will commit to a $500 million multi-year investmentl.
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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
    »Pushing Frontiers
    Unlocking the value in an organization’s data has moved to the forefront as businesses look to keep ahead of customer expectations and edge out the competition in obtaining new ones. According to a recent IBM study—entitled “Pushing the Frontiers” and based on findings from face-to-face conversations with 576 CFOs from around the world—the C-suite point person for integrating enterprise-wide data solutions is the CFO, and CFOs who better leverage a company’s data are finding higher levels of success than their non-data using counterparts.
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  • 8 7 2014
    »The Top 25 Consultants 2014: Gala Awards Coverage
    The Top 25 Consultants 2014: Gala Awards Coverage
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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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