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  • »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.
  • »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.
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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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  • 3 9 2015
    »Seven Wonders of the Profession
    Consulting magazine writes a lot about the larger, enterprise firms in consulting, but there’s simply no doubt that we really anticipate discovering and covering our Seven Small Jewels each year.
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  • 12 4 2014
    »Insurance Comes of Age
    Of all the client industry segments we focus on here at Consulting magazine, the insurance industry is the one that has probably gotten the least attention.
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  • 11 4 2014
    »Doing Well and Doing Good
    When it’s your job to provide compelling content of an industry and its people, it can be frustrating when those people are prohibited from talking about themselves, their firm and their work because of non-disclosure agreements.
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  • 10 10 2014
    »BCG Tops the Rankings
    The Boston Consulting Group is the only consulting firm that’s appeared in the Best Firms to Work For rankings every single year since it debuted in 2001.
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  • 9 8 2014
    »More Than a Decade in the Making
    Way back when, in what seems like another lifetime, I was the Editor-in-Chief of a trade publication called Training magazine. All the rage for CHROs (Chief Human Resources Officers) was about transforming Human Resources into a more strategic part of the overall organization.
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  • 8 7 2014
    »Intensive Care
    This month’s cover story focuses on healthcare, a topic and an industry sector we focus on quite a bit here at Consulting magazine. Our last cover story on the topic was July 2012, an eternity in healthcare. A lot can happen—and did happen—in two years.
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  • 7 8 2014
    »Strategy& ... Convergence
    This month’s cover story focuses on PwC’s acquiring Booz & Company and creating the co-brand Strategy&. In retrospect, the move itself wasn’t all that surprising. PwC had made no secret about the fact that it wanted to acquire firms to bolster the strategy side of the advisory business.
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  • 6 5 2014
    »The Profession’s Best
    Here was a typical day in mid-February for myself and a few others tasked with the sometimes difficult, always inspiring, job of selecting the 2014 Top 25 Consultants: Read a few dozen nominations; take a break.
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  • 5 2 2014
    »CPG's Perfect Storm
    There’s certainly no shortage of client industries facing challenges these days, but perhaps none of those industries are in the same boat as the Consumer Package Goods industry.
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  • 4 4 2014
    »The Rising Stars of the Profession
    It’s always dangerous to make a sweeping generalization about just about anything, but especially dangerous to make one about an entire generation. But that’s precisely what I’m about to do.
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