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  • »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.
  • »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.
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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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    »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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  • 9 22 2014
    »One on One with BCG's Scott Hefter
    “Effective” and “government” are rarely words uttered in the same breath, especially these days. So needless to say, making government work better is a big business. It’s why BCG has hired operations expert Scott Hefter as a Partner. He sat down with Consulting to discuss his new role and his plans for growing the practice.
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  • 9 9 2014
    »One on One with North Highland’s Alex Bombeck
    It’s no secret that analyzing and parsing through the massive pile of data companies accumulate through the natural course of doing business has become a huge industry. To bring all the parts together, North Highland recently launched its Social Insight Lab to harness the power of social to make sense of the data. Alex Bombeck, President of Sparks Grove, North Highland’s marketing division, sat down to explain how it works.
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