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  • »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.
  • »‘Post’-Ideological Privatizations
    We may be witnessing the start of a new wave of privatizations, which will see governments throughout Europe significantly increasing their sales of assets across a wide range of economic sectors.
  • »The Jetsons and Cyber Security Measures
    As a child watching the animated TV show The Jetsons I was convinced they lived the ideal life. The Jetson family had technologies and gadgets used in everyday life that seemed unfathomable as I watched in the 1980s.
  • »U.S. Healthcare Reform and Integration
    While each week in the U.S. different reports come out about key aspects of the US healthcare reform being adopted, implemented or delayed, fewer elements of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) impact are clear.
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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.
  • »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.
  • »Extended Stay America Serves Up Free Breakfasts With ‘Grab and Go’
    Extended Stay America launched a new Grab and Go Breakfast program, which is available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at all of its more than 600 locations.
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  • »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.
  • »The Effortless Experience
    We live in a golden age of customer service, when many executives say their goal is to ‘delight the customer.’ It’s a worthy goal, for sure, but what if it’s wrong?
  • »The Solution Revolution
    What drives the social economy? What opportunities does it present for business? William D. Eggers and Paul MacMillan set out to answer these questions and more.
  • »Author Q&A: PwC's Ted Shelton
    PwC’s Ted Shelton’s book Business Models for the Social Mobile Cloud: Transform Your Business Using Social Media, Mobile Internet, and Cloud Computing, examines how the three technologies are coming together to transform businesses.
  • »Review: The Three Rules
    Why do some companies achieve exceptional performance while so many others struggle to survive? That’s the question Deloitte’s Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed—along with an international team of dozens of researchers at Deloitte—set out to answer with their book The Three Rules.
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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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  • 10 22 2008
    »The 2008 Best Small Firms to Work For: An Overview

    The consultants have spoken. And this, our eighth annual Best Firms to Work For list, is the result. Here, we reveal the very best consulting firms to work for, according to you, the consultants who actually work for them.

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