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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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  • 4 7 2015
    »One on One with CohnReznick’s Keith Denham
    When J.H. Cohn LLC and Reznick Group combined two years ago to form CohnReznick, they formed the 10th largest Accounting, Tax & Advisory firm in the U.S. Recently the reins of the firm’s advisory group were passed from Anthony Zecca, who lead the advisory services arm of the firm for more than 30 years, to Keith Denham, CohnReznick’s new Managing Principal and National Director of the group. Denham sat down with Consulting to discuss his new role, the continued growth of the firm (including a recent acquisition), and how consumers are driving the need for innovation across industries.
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  • 3 23 2015
    »One on One with Chartis Group’s Ken Graboys
    The healthcare industry is changing rapidly. Advancements in technology, clinically integrated networks and more sophisticated analytics are fundamentally changing how care is delivered, leading to more effective outcomes for patients and greater efficiencies for healthcare providers. Aspen Advisors, a top-ranked IT services firm, has joined the Chartis Group. Consulting caught up with Ken Graboys, co-founder and Managing Director of Chartis to talk about the partnership and how it will impact healthcare consulting.
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  • 2 24 2015
    »One on One with Lippincott’s Rick Wise

    The world of branding has changed. Where the focus was once centered around design, logos and communication, brands today are looking for ways to differentiate themselves in how they reach customers. In the case of a recent engagement with Southwest Airlines, Lippincott took it to a whole new level.
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  • 2 9 2015
    »One on One with Accenture’s David Smith
    As digital technology replaces antiquated analog systems in all facets of commerce at a blistering pace, so-called “blue-collar” jobs are evolving, as a greater level of technical expertise has become necessary to keep pace with modern systems.
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  • 1 21 2015
    »One on One with Jabian’s Brian Betkowski
    Jabian Consulting recently completed a survey of 159 North American M&A professionals to gain insight into the stumbling blocks as well as paths to success to completing the merger and acquisition process effectively. The survey results painted an interesting picture about self-perception.
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  • 12 8 2014
    »One on One with Navigate’s Rob Kathol
    Philadelphia-based Navigate Consulting is a young firm that debuted in Consulting magazine as one of our Seven to Watch as part of our Seven Small Jewels 2014 ranking. This was in part owed to the firm’s tremendous growth over the past two years—42 percent in 2013. Founder and Managing Partner Rob Kathol says Navigate’s approach is different than many other firms.
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  • 11 21 2014
    »One on One with the Keystone Group’s Andy Rolfe
    Back in 1991, Andersen consultant Andy Rolfe reached the fork in the road all-too-familiar to career consultants: to partner, or not to partner? He enjoyed his work at Andersen, where he helped them build their strategic services practice, but he believed in doing things a certain way, and knew that moving a ship as large as Andersen would take more time than he was willing to wait. So he set out on his own.
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  • 11 10 2014
    »One on One with West Monroe Partners’ Kevin McCarty
    Chicago-headquartered West Monroe Partners is a regular on our Best Firms to Work For list. And there’s a good reason for that. The firm has been on an impressive growth track—38 percent so far year-to-date—it also recently gave the company to the employees, implementing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan structure.
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  • 10 27 2014
    »One on One with ACME Consulting’s David Kelleher
    ACME Consulting's growth is showing no signs of slowing down. Co-founder and Senior Manager and Principal David Kelleher says the firm is still looking at an annual compounding growth target of 30 percent as it expands into new geographies to help clients solve their most pressing problems. 
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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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