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BCG: Global execs increasingly frustrated with innovation
Leaders recognize innovation is critical, but many feel benefits are elusive; risk-averse culture and lack of speed seen as biggest obstacles. read more
Hitachi Consulting managing VP named to top 25 consultants list
The ranking of Tamra Chandler, managing vice president for Global Solutions and People for Hitachi Consulting, marks the third year in a row Hitachi Consulting has made the list. read more
BCG highlights key ingredients for successfully integrating companies
A new report from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) claims that one of the main reasons why more than half of all mergers and acquisitions fail to create shareholder value is that acquirers tend to treat postmerger integration (PMI) as a mechanical process that occurs after the deal is done. read more
Consultancies' career website among top 30 in the US
Deutsche Bank awarded Top US Corporate Career Website in the US. read more
Talent management emerges as top European HR challenge
The Boston Consulting Group and European Association for Personnel Management conducted a survey with 1,350 executives in 27 EU countries. read more
Google deposes McKinsey as most desired MBA employer in the US
Google claims number 1 position after McKinsey's 12-year reign as the Most Desirable Place to Work for MBA students in the US. read more
US companies show renewed confidence in Germany as a business location
Study finds that 57 percent of US companies intend to increase their investments in Germany, and 40 percent plan to create new jobs. read more
When the big consultancy model doesn't work
Our management consultancy columnist, Mick James, this week talks to Andrew Veal, director at Troika, about the company's commitment to doing things differently. read more
BCG: Investment banks shift focus to Europe after record year
The largest investment banks are increasingly directing their attention to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to capture more of Europe's growing cross-border M&A; business and origination activity, says a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). read more
Do strategy firms still lead the thinking?
The intellectual high ground of management consulting or ‘thought leadership’ has traditionally been held by the strategy firms. read more
Health Advances strengthens management team
Ex- Boston Consulting Group consultant will help build the healthcare strategy consulting firm’s pharmaceutical and biotech practice. read more
Innovation continues to confound even the most savvy business leaders
Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation by Boston Consulting Group Senior Vice Presidents Jim Andrew and Hal Sirkin addresses the innovation disconnect and shows companies how to manage innovation for profit and use the cash curve as payback reality check. read more
BCG named Best Small Company on FORTUNE's '100 Best Companies to Work For' list
Firm ranks 8th overall and highest among other consultancies on the list. read more
Not true that conglomerates would produce higher shareholder returns by focusing on fewer businesses, BCG says
Study identifies ten levers diversified firms can use to generate above- average returns. read more
BCG: Successful value creation requires putting a careful spotlight on growth
The Boston Consulting Group’s annual value creators report shows that many companies can fund far more growth than their traditional core markets can sustain. read more
BCG report: Global energy companies should consider broader China deals
To strike favourable deals in China, global energy companies should consider broader deals involving capabilities and resources across the entire energy value chain. read more
Boston Consulting Group says insurers need to revamp operations
Insurers hoping to raise profitability amid intensifying industry competition must both gain a deeper understanding of how operational processes create value for their companies and redesign operating models to optimize all elements of their business, according to a report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). read more
The “Prism Profile” – Diana Gerald, Rse Consulting
The following interview is part of a series of profile interviews focusing on the background, views and opinions of leading figures in the management consultancy arena. read more
BCG: Most companies to increase spending on innovation
This year 72% of companies will increase spending on innovation, according to new research from The Boston Consulting Group, despite the fact that nearly half of the companies remain dissatisfied with their return on innovation spending. read more
'Boot Camp' experience prepares incoming minority MBAs for corporate leadership
Citigroup Career Transition and Leadership Seminar provide real-life lessons in management. read more
BCG tells banks worldwide: Threats to payments business can hurt profits
Banks must rethink strategies to cope with worsening margin pressure, shifting regulatory constraints, a tough innovation climate, and intensifying customer demands, BCG says. read more
BCG: 'Cheap' is good
Middle class American consumers love to 'treasure hunt' and are living better as a result, according to a new survey from The Boston Consulting Group. read more
BCG report says European banks must renew core banking IT systems
A new Boston Consulting Group report tells European bankers: Take action to renew underperforming core banking IT systems or risk years of profit-dragging inefficiency. read more
BCG: Big companies should rethink their approach to space
Many corporate real estate executives say projections of space requirements are off by 100%. read more
Marakon gets three new partners and new COO
Marakon Associates has announced the addition of three new partners and the promotion of an existing partner to chief operating officer. read more
Management Consulting still a top careers choice among MBA students
McKinsey, meet Google, the new runner-up in the race for the most desirable place to work for MBA students. read more
Germany becomes more attractive to US Investors
More than 30 percent of US companies in Germany anticipate hiring in 2006; 44 percent want to increase investment; 72 percent view the recent change in government as positive; the automotive and pharmaceutical industries give Germany only middling grades: competitiveness must be ensured. read more
Plus ca change…?
Management Consultancy recruitment specialists Prism pen this occasional column providing market insights for consulting candidates and recruiters alike. read more
BCG ranked 11th best US employer
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) ranked 11th overall and third among smaller companies in FORTUNE Magazine's “100 Best US Companies to Work For” survey, based on strong employee development, a supportive culture, and progressive benefits. read more
BCG: Generating superior shareholder value requires a complex balancing act
The most successful stock-market performers take a holistic approach to generating shareholder value, according to a recent report from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). read more
Study: Communication technology has enormous potential for Germany
The consistent use of information and communication technology (ICT) by the government and economy could generate approx. read more
BCG outlines new rules of the game for firms with high employee cost and low capital cost
The lead article in the June issue of the Harvard Business Review and the research report on which it is based defines a new and rapidly growing sector of the economy: "people businesses." According to the new report, by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), people businesses were the highest-growth sector of employment in advanced economies over the past decade and now account for 25 percent of private-sector employment and well over half of employment in advanced economies. read more
BCG partner argues new business world requires a two-sided brain
Leaders need to wake up their right brains — the creative side — and learn to perceive the world in different ways, according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Partner Luc de Brabandere. read more
Atos Origin appointments new VP, Business Development
Martin Guillaume, age 38, has joined Atos Origin as Vice President, Business Development for France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland. read more
Roland Berger gaining momentum after a difficult year
Strategy consultancy Roland Berger has had a difficult financial year but is now building up momentum in the run-up to Christmas, according to reports in the German media this week.

Revenues and profit for 2004 are expected to remain unchanged over the 2003 level, when turnover stood at 530m euros. read more
BCG hires new director to lead media and technology practice
John Rose, a leading media and entertainment consultant, has joined The Boston Consulting Group as a director to help build the firm's media and technology practice. read more
Consulting Magazine ranks best firms to work for
Consultants are rarely short of advice for others, but do they practice what they preach when it comes to creating healthy work cultures at their own organizations? Kennedy Information’s Consulting Magazine's annual Best Firms to Work For survey of thousands of consultants found several firms that were earning high praise from their toughest critics: their own employees. read more
It's time for business leaders to play “hardball”
A new book argues that to survive and win in today's environment of corporate scrutiny, short-term expectations and political uncertainty, business leaders must not succumb to caution and “managerial correctness.” Rather than correctness, they need to focus on competitiveness by keeping a sharp eye on cost, value and assets, and avoiding weak “softball” tactics. read more
Major consulting brands reveal the race to recruit is once again top of their agendas
Two events have really set pulses racing in the world of Management Consultancy this last week. read more
For 2004 grads multi-industry employers are in, so are better salaries
A newly released survey of more than 4,000 MBAs and 14,000 undergraduates reveals US '04 graduates to be a careful group of job-hunters. read more
Consulting firms among Top 50 Diversity Employers
Minority students at the undergraduate and MBA levels have ranked McKinsey 8th in the Top 50 Diversity Employers Survey for 2004. read more
Strategy Consulting showing signs of a rebound
Start popping those Champagne corks – for strategy consulting is showing signs of a rebound. After almost 4 years of subdued activity at the Bs & Ms of the consulting world, strategy consultancies are finally turning a corner… and turning the recruitment pipes back on again in the process.

It’s been a lingering concern for both Partners and the City that the consulting recovery to date has been somewhat half-hearted. read more
London Careers event expected to attract 250 fast-track consulting candidates
With the UK management consultancy recruitment market having witnessed a dramatic turnaround in the last 6 months, managers at Top-Consultant have been addressing how the site can better meet the needs of both candidates and recruiters. read more
Consulting Magazine announces Top 25 Consultants 2004
Consulting Magazine has announced The Top 25 Most Influential Consultants 2004, its annual listing of influential consultants as judged by the leaders of 14 leading consulting firms. read more
The Wharton School's Business Journal to reach Chinese readers
A Chinese version of the Wharton School’s online business analysis and research journal, Knowledge@Wharton, will be launched to reach management leaders in China as well as Chinese-reading populations worldwide. read more
BCG: All industrial companies need to continually re-examine their approaches to globalization
Low-cost countries such as China and India are changing the competitive landscape so quickly and profoundly that every industrial company — even those already actively sourcing products and services overseas — needs to reexamine its overall operating strategy and be prepared to alter it radically, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). read more
PODER Magazine and BCG to recognize business excellence in the hemisphere
PODER Magazine, in a joint effort with The Boston Consulting Group, has created the PODER Business Awards to recognize outstanding business achievement in leading Latin American and US Hispanic companies. read more
Students in MBA competition redefine 'convenience'
Imagine pulling up to the pump at a convenience store gas station and with a wave of your customer card the pump's LCD interactive display recognizes you. read more
BCG Germany names six new managing directors
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has added six new managing directors in Germany this month. read more
BP and USC Marshall School of Business join together in MBA challenge
In an effort to explore new opportunities in convenience retailing, BP, a global energy provider with a family of well-known brands such as ARCO, ampm, and Castrol, is challenging top MBA schools from around the world. read more
2003 in review: consulting market ends year on a much stronger footing
As appraisal and bonus-time comes around again, we can all look back at 2003 and feel contented that the year is ending on a considerably stronger footing than it started. read more
USC MBA Global Consulting Challenge 2004 targets retail industry
The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC) has announced a challenge to seven top business schools to develop pedantic strategic plans focusing on the retail industry. read more
BCG: Indian offshoring market to grow 50-60% per year
India's offshoring market, which accounts for about 65 per cent of the global market, is expected to grow at 50-60 per cent per year for the next five years, according to The Boston Consulting Group. read more
Consulting firm tops Europe's fastest-growing 500 list
Dutch business consulting firm Flex Group has been ranked first on Europe's top 500 list of the fastest-growing small and medium-sized companies. read more
BCG study reveals global corporate banking industry destroyed $50 billion in value in 2002
Canadian banks outperformed most of their global counterparts in 2002 but face a number of key issues as the corporate banking industry is at the cusp of major changes, finds a report released today by The Boston Consulting Group. read more
UWA team wins 2003 BCG Business Strategy Competition
The six-member team of MBA students from the University of Western Australia's Graduate School of Management has won the 2003 Boston Consulting Group Business Strategy Competition in the postgraduate division. read more
BCG VP to head Richard Ivey School of Business Executive Development
Erich Almasy, former Vice President and Director of The Boston Consulting Group (Canada), has joined The Richard Ivey School of Business as Executive Director of Executive Development, the non-degree and custom education program for corporate executives. read more
LogicaCMG and BACS form alliance to take on growing electronic payments market
LogicaCMG and BACS have combined their complimentary strengths and experiences to take advantage of the growing electronic payments market. read more
McKinsey still retains that special aura amongst strategy consultancies
You have to hand it to McKinsey. read more
Wealthy Canadians' assets under management decline 11.7 per cent in 2002
The Boston Consulting Group's report titled Winning in a Challenging Market: Global Wealth 2003 suggests several years of unprofitable stock markets have hit wealthy Canadians, and the wealth managers who work for them, hard, as assets under management fell by almost 12 per cent in 2002 and financial services revenues fell by 15 per cent. read more
MobileFirst hires BCG to draw growth roadmap
Boston Consulting Group has been hired by MobileFirst, an alliance of four cellular operators in India, to draw up a road map for its growth in domestic as well as international markets. read more
BCG study finds economic slowdown may be “ideal time” for M&A;
Companies that are avoiding mergers and acquisitions in the current economic environment may be missing a major strategic opportunity, according to a new study by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). read more
BCG: Australia faces large labour shortage by 2020
Australia will face a labour shortfall of 500,000 in 17 years, according to a recently released report by the Boston Consulting Group. read more
Huron Consulting to boost international reach
Huron Consulting Group had announced that the company will offer business consulting services to US organizations that have business interests in Latin America with the formation of its new Miami office lead by Jesse M. read more
McKinsey still most desired employer
McKinsey has ranked first for the seventh straight year in Universum’s survey, which ranks the 50 most desirable employers in the world, based on where MBA students in the US say they would like most to work. read more
Boston Consulting Group targets growth in multinational accounts
Boston Consulting Group has announced that it has elected a new President and CEO, German Hans-Paul Bürkner. read more
Boston Consulting Group Appoints New Leader of Mergers and Acquisitions Practice
The Boston Consulting Group has signalled its commitment to expanding its capabilities in the field of corporate development with the appointment of M&A; Expert Chris Neenan this week. read more
BCG report fires warning shot at banks
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has fired a warning shot across the bows of traditional banks with the launch of a new report this week. read more
Boston Consulting Group 12% of US staff to be axed
Reports from the US suggest BCG intends to sack 80-100 consultants within the next weeks. read more
McKinsey maintaining revenues the key to merger success
A new study by McKinsey reveals the key to a successful takeover lies in securing post-merger revenue streams, rather than the more traditional focus on cost-cutting.

Other consultancies, including AT Kearney, Boston Consulting Group, KPMG and PA Consulting, have in recent years produced reports showing mergers typically destroy rather than create value.

The McKinsey report is somewhat different, in that it focusses on what firms must do to be successful, as opposed to highlighting the failure rate. read more
USA consultancy job offers rescinded
In the USA the uncertain economic climate has led to a considerable downturn in spending on consultancy; this has had a pronounced knock-on effect on recruitment:

"It's not a pretty year for consulting, from strategy to IT," said George Stalk, Toronto-based senior vice-president of Boston Consulting Group Inc.

A number of consultancies have asked their university recruits to take longer holidays before joining the firm, and at least one firm has rescinded job offers. read more
BCG most favoured consultancy employer in US
Boston Consulting Group have been voted the best consultancy firm to work for by respondents to US publication Consulting Magazine. read more
Boston Consulting Group Online customer acquisition costs falling
A report by the Boston Consulting Group suggests e-tailers are becoming more savvy, considerably reducing their outlay for each consumer acquired – to $18, a fall of some 60%. read more
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