Last edited 28 Dec 2021

Management consultant


[edit] Introduction

Management consultants can provide external assistance and advice for organisations that need specialist expertise or an outside perspective on their business. The role will typically include the identification and assessment of a problem, the analysis of a specific part of a business, the documentation of findings and the devising of recommendations for future improvement.

Management consultancy firms vary in size from small, niche firms that specialise in one or more areas to large firms that offer complete solutions.

[edit] Management consultancy areas

There are a wide variety of potential management activities and so management consultants will typically specialise in one or more of the following areas:

Business strategy:

Financial and management controls:

Manufacturing and business services:

Human resources:


Environmental management:

Quality management:

Information technology:

[edit] The Institute of Consulting

The Institute of Consulting (IC) is the professional body for consultancy. Its main role is to set the standards for the consulting industry and deliver benefits for its members. Standards are set through consultation with practitioners in business consulting and academics researching the profession and other interested professionals.

[edit] Management Consultancies Association (MCA)

The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is the representative body for management consultancy firms in the UK. Its mission is: ‘To promote the value of management consultancy for the economy and society as a whole’:

Membership of the association is possible after a consultancy has been operating for at least a year and if they employ consultants on a full time basis. They must in addition, offer consultancy services in at least two areas such as marketing, IT, HR or strategy.

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