OC&C Strategy Consultants Europe

THE SCOOP 

The name says it all

If you want to know what OC&C Strategy Consultants does, you don't need to look too far for answers-it's right there in the title. Focusing on strategic analysis, the firm breaks the concept down into six organizational areas: group strategy, business unit/divisional strategy, product/market/channel strategy, transaction support, strategy realization, and organization and change. And, like any strategy master or tactician, the firm's emphasis isn't always on speed-it tries to pace itself during consulting contracts, finding all the possible solutions to a problem before jumping into operational issues. That's a strategy, the firm says, that ensures clients benefit from truly custom-built solutions, rather than off-the-shelf methodologies that may not fit the client's needs. 

Although OC&C-like many firms in the industry-doesn't publicize its client list, it does claim to work not only with major corporations, but also welcomes contracts from smaller companies that need strategic help in rapidly changing industries, stating that it wants to work with "ambitious organizations that understand the importance of excellent strategy." Its industries include business services, consumer goods, financial services, industry and infrastructure, media, private equity, retail and distribution, technology, telecommunications, and travel, transport and logistics.

 

Expanding the footprint

Chris Outram founded OC&C in London in 1987. After several years at other consulting firms, including BCG and Booz Allen Hamilton, Outram and a colleague had tired of the fact that their employers devoted so much time to operational issues while neglecting strategic analysis. So they decided it would be "more fun and more challenging" to start their own firm. 

While it may have been founded in Europe and still concentrates most of its services there, the firm has been trying to create a stronger presence in the United States. To gain greater access to the American market, the firm merged with Boston-based Callidon Group in June 2007. Callidon was especially prized for its contacts and skills in media and publishing. OC&C has further extended its global footprint by partnering with Valuecom Partners based in Warsaw as part of its strategic agenda for Eastward bound expansion in April 2012. In addition, OC&C has focused to grow its presence in Asia via its offices in Greater China and has quickly become a market leader in the retail and consumer goods sectors. 

 

Specialized generalists

One business area in which OC&C takes particular pride is its expertise in consumer goods. Within this area, it tries to provide solutions in three key sections: growth stakes, profitability issues and category management. In connection with consumer goods, retail and distribution have also long been an OC&C focus. The firm claims to have been one of the original advocates for the importance of emerging value offers, private label goods and battling category killers. In addition, OC&C has recently made heavy investigations into retail brand development, strategic implementation and internalization strategies.

 

The firm has made a significant effort to advise media outlets since its founding. Some of the media-related services it offers are strategy reviews, advice to governments on broadband policy, transformational performance improvement, profitable use of the digital arena, and go-to-market strategies for new services and products. Several major media outlets have looked to the firm for analysis of their own industry, concerning subjects ranging from the use of free newspaper copies to boost circulation, to the decline of magazine readership in the face of internet competition. 

Next to its work for corporate clients, OC&C has special expertise in supporting the world's leading private equity firms in such areas as potential investment scoping, vendor and buyer due diligence, and post-acquisition strategy and/or integration.

 

Strategizing a better world

OC&C enjoys highlighting its charitable efforts, and has a section dedicated to pro bono work on its website. The majority of the firm's philanthropic work is in helping charities "achieve a step-change in performance." For example, in partnership with the venture philanthropy group Impetus Trust, the firm has given strategy advice to charities such as St. Giles Trust (helping both current and former criminal prisoners) and Leap (helping youth resolve conflicts peacefully so that they don't end up needing help from St. Giles Trust). OC&C also aided the largest charity merger ever in the U.K., when the Cancer Research Campaign joined with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund to become Cancer Research U.K., and it helped the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies launch The Sylvia Lawry Centre for Multiple Sclerosis Research-the world's largest project to develop tools to help deliver new MS therapies. Moreover, the Benelux office helped the leading MS charity to develop a new direction and funding strategy. Several charity initiatives are being supported pro-bono in every OC&C geographic region.

 

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OC&C Strategy Consultants Europe


6 New Street Square
London EC4A 3AT
www.occstrategy.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Worldwide Managing Partner: Chehab Wahby
  • 2014 Employees: 550

  • Employment Contact

    www.occstrategy.com/join-occ


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Business Unit/Divisional Strategy

    Group Strategy

    Organization & Change

    Product/Market/Channel Strategy

    Strategy Realization

    Transaction Support

Major Office Locations

  • London (HQ)
  • Belo Horizonte
    Boston
    Düsseldorf
    Hamburg
    Hong Kong
    Istanbul
    Mumbai
    New Delhi
    Paris
    Rotterdam
    Sao Paulo
    Shanghai
    Warsaw

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