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Kennedy Corner

  • »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.
  • »The Next Big Thing
    Consultants are always looking for the next big thing, the innovation that will see clients storming through their gates, bypassing pesky procurement departments, and writing blank checks for the magic mousetrap that whitens and brightens and cleans windows, too.
  • »JP Morgan and The Whale: A Parable
    After a tumultuous period of banking hyper-regulation after 2008, no one would have suspected in 2012 that JP Morgan, the world’s largest bank, had ineffective controls in place that left the company flat-footed when its “rogue” trader had taken untenable, long-term positions on Credit Default Swaps.
  • »Optimizing Manufacturing Strategy
    Bloomberg News recently reported that GE intends to use 3D printers to produce 85,000 fuel nozzles for its newest jet engine, a significant leap for a technology that until now has largely been confined to prototyping tasks.
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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!

  • »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.
  • »Review: Lead Positive
    Today’s business leaders face intense pressure to deliver results in an uncertain, chaotic, and high-stress business environment.
  • »Review: Step Up
    No matter what your title or place in the organization chart, you have the potential to be a leader.
  • »The Three Rules
    Earlier this year, Deloitte Consulting’s Mumtaz Ahmed and Michael Raynor published The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think. The authors set out to answer what was, in their mind, the ultimate business question—how do some companies achieve exceptional performance over the long haul?
  • »Thinking in New Boxes
    Creativity is key if you are to thrive in a time of accelerating change, according to The Boston Consulting Group’s Luc De Brabandere and Alan Iny.
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This Week in the Profession

  • »IBM, Apple Partnership Aims to Transform Enterprise Mobility
    Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.
  • »KPMG acquires 2014 Seven Small Jewel winner Zanett Commercial Solutions
    KPMG Acquires Business and Technology Consulting Firm Zanett Commercial Solutions.
  • »EY Invests $500M in New Global Analytics Center of Excellence
    EY has established a Global Analytics Center of Excellence (COE) and will commit some $500m, multi-year investment to deliver transformational change to clients by combining analytics with business acumen, domain and functional skills.
  • »PwC Unveils Digital Services Business
    PwC announced the formation of its Digital Services business, with over 2,000 digital consulting professionals around the world committed to helping clients compete and thrive in an increasingly digital world.
  • »EY Adds Power and Utility with Five Points Partners
    Ernst & Young LLP announced Five Point Partners, LLC, a full-service consulting services firm serving the power and utility industry, has joined the EY organization in the U.S., Canada and Philippines.
  • »Cognizant Q1 Earnings Up 19.9%
    Cognizant First quarter revenue of $2.42 billion was up 19.9 percent from the year-ago period and up 2.8 percent from last quarter.
  • »KPMG Acquires Restructuring Advisory Firm, BBK
    KPMG has acquired a majority of the assets of BBK, a restructuring advisory firm.
  • »Mesirow Wins Award for Turnaround Work
    Mesirow Financial Consulting announced that The M&A Advisor has awarded it Turnaround Consulting Firm of the Year for the second year in a row.
  • »Sibson Expands Retirement Practice

    Joseph A. LoCicero, President & CEO of The Segal Group, announced that Shane E. Conlon has joined Sibson Consulting as a Vice President and Senior Retirement Consultant.
  • »PwC completes acquisition of Booz & Company, unveils 'Strategy&' brand
    PwC completion of its acquisition of Booz & Company. With the granting of all regulatory approvals for Booz & Company to join PwC, it is now officially part of the PwC Network.
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Features

  • »Executive On-Boarding
    Some 15 years ago, a study by the Center for Creative Leadership found that 40 percent of external hires failed in their new positions within 18 months. Today, data suggests that this number may be as high as a whopping 60 to 80 percent within 24 months.
  • »Pack Your Bags—The Move to the Cloud is on for Consulting Firms
    According to the soon-to-be-published IDC profitability survey of worldwide consulting firms, 3 out of 4 firms plan to implement a cloud solution in 2014. In fact, the cloud services market is expected to double from $45B to $95B in the next few years.
  • »Serving Up Corporate Data on a Silver Platter—Without Even Knowing It
    The fastest-growing security threat in the workplace right now is the spread of consumer-grade file sharing solutions. Some 600 million work files are saved by employees to Dropbox each week. 
  • »Use Journals to Introduce Culture and Accelerate Onboarding
    Maintaining our healthy company culture is a deeply held commitment for us at XPLANE, and we see onboarding as a critical part of that effort.
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Consulting magazine Interviews

Interviews

  • »One on One with 4i Consulting’s Eugene Roytburg
    With more than two decades of analytics and insight under his belt, Dr. Eugene Roytburg, managing partner and co-founder of Deerfield, Ill.-based 4i Consulting, knows a thing or two about helping clients wrap their heads around the influx of data companies are swimming in these days.
  • »One on One with Huron’s Jeff Jones
    A significant change is underway in the healthcare industry. New payment and care delivery models are forcing healthcare providers to actively seek out ways to improve quality of care while cutting costs and boosting revenue. This year was Huron’s fourth annual Healthcare CEO Forum, which gives industry leaders a chance to talk about these changes and how to adapt.
  • »One on One with Cumberland’s Amy VanDeCar
    The Life Sciences consulting industry has always been subject to frequent and seismic changes, including the Affordable Care Act. To help clients, Cumberland Consulting has brought on Amy VanDeCar as a senior principal to the practice.
  • »One on One with Buck Consultants' Fraser Smart
    In his time at Buck Consultants, it’s safe to say Fraser Smart quickly distinguished himself would be a bit of an understatement. Joining in 2006 to manage the firm’s Edinburgh and Manchester offices, he was appointed Managing Director of Buck in Europe in 2010. This year, he’s relocated across the Pond to New York, where he has taken the helm as President of the firm.
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Consultants on Consulting

Consultants on Consulting

  • »Five Ways to Align to the C-Suite
    In my experience, real estate and facilities management (RE/FM) executives have not traditionally enjoyed as much access to or involvement with C-level leaders as our peers in finance, HR and IT. There is an old joke that asks how RE/FM leaders get a seat at the table for senior-level meetings, rather than simply providing the table.
  • »Negotiating for Higher Fees
    They say that doctors make the worst patients. Along those lines, consultants surely make the worst clients. Or, at least, the most difficult negotiators. Whether that’s true or not, I can vouch for the most difficult consulting contract negotiation I ever conducted being at the hands of Aaron Veshama, the COO of a Massachusetts-based consulting firm.
  • »Compliance Outsourcing—Differing Points of View
    Compliance risks and costs are on the rise. An increasingly complex regulatory environment is stretching many corporate compliance departments to the breaking point and sending the cost of compliance through the roof.
  • »Mind Your Tribe
    In his book “Tribes,” Seth Godin makes a compelling case that we are all tribal members—that being tribal is part of being human. Godin notes only two things are necessary for a tribe to form: shared interest and a way to communicate. By this definition, every business is a tribe.
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Focus: Client Industries

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

  • »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.
High Tech

High Tech

  • »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.
Public Sector

Public Sector

  • »BCG: Universities Face Plethora of Challenges
    U.S. universities and colleges face an array of pressing challenges that require education leaders to act with unprecedented strategic clarity and vision in order to seize the opportunities that lie ahead, according to a new report released by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Communications

Communications

  • »Case Study: Zanett Works In Perfect Harmony With Klipsch Audio Technologies
    From state-of-the-art home theater systems to audiophile-quality architectural speakers and from compact iPod and computer speakers to massive professional cinema systems, Klipsch has a premium sound solution for every lifestyle.

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Strategy

Strategy

  • »Strategic Thinking
    PwC’s move to acquire Booz & Company and create the Strategy& co-brand is bold, shrewd and just may be the game-changing move the consulting profession’s been waiting on for a long time. Convergence continues… and now accelerates.
HR

HR

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    What can one say about our inaugural gathering of the Rising Stars of the Profession: 35 Under 35? Well, as it turns out, plenty.
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