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McKinsey's Obamacare Report Sparks Political Firestorm

Whether you love it or simply love to hate it, these days there's just no getting away from McKinsey, the world's most famous consulting firm. While McKinsey has built its hard-earned reputation on intelligence, savvy and a distinct sense of elitism (I mean this in the most complimentary way possible, of course), The Firm has been at the center of more controversy than compliment in 2011. Read More >

Harrisburg Consultants Deliver Long Awaited Recovery Plan

Readers of Consult THIS will be aware that Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the once-proud state capital now home to less than 50,000 people, is in serious economic trouble. Strapped with hundreds of millions in debt, state officials have conceded that the city no longer controls its own destiny (for specifics on the damage, see here). We could be witnessing the death throes of a classic American city: it's all very strange and morbidly interesting stuff. But this is a consulting blog, you say! Read More >

Amid Unrest, Accenture Slides Into Middle East

Reports this week suggest that American drone attacks on Yemeni militants had reached unprecedented frequency as the country's attention remains fixed on the current political and social upheaval. Of course, such unrest has gripped the entire region in the last few months, crippling governments and economies across the Middle East. Read More >

News Round-up: McKinsey, Deloitte, Booz Allen and More

Hello folks. I know: for the last few weeks you have struggled mightily to cope without your go-to source for the most relevant and interesting consulting news the industry has to offer. But fear not: your cruel drought has ended. The news round-up is back on Consult THIS and better than ever.Let's pick up right where we left off. While there haven't been any Gupta-worthy blockbusters in the past few weeks, the biggest names in the industry have been as busy as ever. Read More >

"We Made Some Mistakes": The Monitor Group in Libya

Ever since it came to light that Cambridge, MA-based consultancy the Monitor Group had once represented Colonel Muammar Qaddafi's Libya, the questions have been swirling. What did the firm do there? How much were they paid? Should they have been there at all? What does this mean for the firm's reputation-and for the individuals involved? Was CEO Mark Fuller's decision to step down earlier this month just a coincidence? Read More >

Booz Allen ships transportation consulting unit

Booz Allen Hamilton announced yesterday that it would sell its state and local government transportation consulting business to CH2M HILL, a Denver-based consulting and engineering outfit. Booz Allen, itself based in McLean, Virginia, explained that "this transaction enables the firm to better focus on its core federal government work."CH2M HILL is forking over $28. Read More >

Controversial Charles River Associates study sparks NYC deba

Boston-based consultancy Charles River Associates found itself the subject of a tense political debate this week in the nation's largest city. On Monday, the firm published an executive summary of a study entitled "The Economic Impacts on New York City of Proposed Living Wage Mandate", warning of the economic consequences such a mandate might have on jobs and private investment in Manhattan and the other boroughs. Read More >

Free Stuff: The 3 Questions New Consultants Need Answered

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComWhen you're trying to break into consulting, there's a lot of prep that goes into getting past the interview alone. But it's once you land the job that the real fun begins!Have you ever considered the things you need to do-right now-to start building valuable experience, perform well on your projects, and maintain sanity in your schedule and personal life? Read More >

Two threats facing the consulting industry

As the consulting industry gradually emerges from the dark days of the Great Recession, the numbers are creeping back up to pre-recessionary levels: utilization and billing rates are up, pipelines are bulging and recruiters are busy. But even now, with all signs pointing skyward, new trends are emerging that might threaten the industry's return to lucrative prominence.In a concise, well-argued piece, Fiona Czerniawska, founder of sourceforconsulting. Read More >

11 Ways to Maximize Your Time 'On the Beach'

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComNew consultants: What can you do to make your transition to consulting easy? On Wednesday, May 11, Kristine Schoonmaker will host a free tele-seminar, in which the former Accenture exec dishes on how new consultants can differentiate themselves from the pack. Read More >

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