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The structure of global management consulting firms

Published on October 29, 2015   21 min

Other Talks in the Series: Management Consultancy

Hello. My name is Mehdi Boussebaa. I am an Associate Professor of Organization Studies based at the University of Bath in the UK. In this talk I shall discuss the ways in which global management consulting firms organize their growing international operations, and also some of the challenges that they face in the process.
Global management consultancies or simply GMCs, for the sake of simplicity, have become major international corporate players. They offer a wide range of services in a variety of different industries and on a worldwide basis. And their clients include government institutions, non-profits, and importantly, multinational corporations which are a major source of revenue and prestige for the firms, as you can imagine. Now typical examples are prestigious firms such as McKinsey and Co, Bain and Co, and Boston Consulting Group. Or the consulting divisions of the major big four accountancies, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, and PWC. And, of course, the leading providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services such as Accenture, Capgemini, and IBM. Most of these firms are American by origin but the few are European, so Capgemini from France, for instance, or Asian increasingly. Now what's interesting about these firms is that they are all highly internationalized. They employ thousands of professionals in offices dotted all around the world. Some of them are even more internationalized than the major multinational corporations which they actually serve.

The structure of global management consulting firms

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