This module will introduce you to the world of consulting, focusing on the consulting process and the requirement for management consultants. The module will be split into three key sections, featuring practical input from industry speakers, and group work activities throughout.
- Why consulting?
- What is consulting? An overview of the history and origins of consulting and the range of consulting roles in existence today
- Understanding the wider role of consultancy including further context - where consulting is of most use - examples of (good and bad) consulting interventions
- Overview of the consulting landscape
- Modern developments in consulting- the role of technology.
The Consulting Process:
- An introduction to the methodology and generic processes that enable successful consulting assignments: entry, client brief, diagnosis, data collection, selecting principles, developing solutions and evaluating alternatives, implementation and project closure. This will include an introduction to diagnostic tools and techniques
- Proposals and assignment management: planning, budgeting, preparation of the assignment, diagnosis, evaluation of the existing situation, choice of methodology, presentation of the process, getting paid
- The typical application process – the unique value that is given to case studies.
The Management Consultant:
- The organisational structure of a typical consultancy – levels, accountabilities and responsibility at these levels
- The make-up of a consultant - personal factors and skills.