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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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  • 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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  • 10 8 2013
    »Case Study: KnowledgeAdvisors ‘Connects’ with General Mills on Social Learning Analysis
    One of the leading cereal manufacturers in the U.S. and owner of numerous grocery brands, General Mills, soft launched a SharePoint site, which it branded “Connect” and designed to increase internal collaboration.
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  • 11 8 2012
    »Case Study: Drink It In—Slalom Consulting Serves Up A Global Portal for Coca-Cola Enterprises
    Coca-Cola Enterprises is a producer, distributor, and marketer of Coca-Cola products, with revenues in excess of $22 billion and over 72,000 employees around the world. To help facilitate company communication, the company sought a brand-centric, global portal to allow employees to engage with the site and share multimedia information with each other on a worldwide basis.
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  • 3 7 2012
    »One on One with The Highland Group’s Hugo Melgarejo
    After serving as President of Proudfoot Consutling, Melgarejo left the firm to join The Highland Group in 2009 as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Under his leadership, the strategy and operations firm has tripled in size and opened offices in Brazil, Chile and South Africa, among other.
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  • 2 13 2012
    »The Reality of New Retail
    Can anyone meet customers’ Amazonian expectations? The cards seem stacked against big-box retailers that are rapidly becoming showrooms for the online giant. Can brick and mortar survive?
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  • 2 13 2012
    »Griffin CEO: Acosta Acquisition Creates Plenty of Opportunity
    Griffin Strategic Advisors LLC, a Chicago-based strategy and operations firm, announced earlier this month that it had been acquired by Acosta Sales & Marketing, a sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry.
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  • 5 27 2011
    »Manufacturing 2.0
    These days, thought leaders in the sector are focused on strategy, supply chain, sales & marketing, regulation & risk, process improvement, product innovation, sustainability and more. In short, we’ve moved way beyond the shop floor.
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  • 1 20 2009
    »Three Firms, Three Plans for Managing the Challenging Economy
    It’s never easy going into a year hardly anyone has hope for; 2009 has already seen layoffs, more projected layoffs, a seven-day string of losses on the Dow and unemployment numbers that continually rise. Consulting firms, of course, understand the pressure companies are under and have had to balance tough love in the present with a eye toward a future turnaround. Here are three consultancies’ take on how they will manage—and even master—one of the roughest projected years in memory.
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  • 11 13 2008
    »Lippincott Names New CEO
    Effective Jan. 1, 2009, Rick Wise will assume the role of CEO at Lippincott, a New York-headquartered brand strategy and design consultancy that falls under the umbrella of the Oliver Wyman Group. Wise, according to the firm, is a 20-year brand-consulting veteran whose tenure with Lippincott includes roles as senior partner and head of Lippincott’s brand strategy practice.
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  • 11 6 2008
    »One on One with Guidon's Ron Wince
    Ron Wince, CEO of Guidon Performance Solutions, is taking the lessons learned in the manufacturing world—namely the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma—and is applying them to companies in the healthcare, retail, public sector and financial services spaces, among other service-type industries.
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