Minor Strategy Consulting

Summary

Category
Broadening minor
Minor code
MINRSM022

Content

  • Can I learn the structured problem-solving method, tools and techniques of the world’s best strategy consulting firms?
  • Is a career in strategy consulting something for me?
  • What is important to know when working for a strategy consulting firm?

To help you, this minor course provides you with a practical multi-level introduction to strategy consulting:

  1. the structured problem-solving method, tools and techniques of the world’s best strategy consulting firms
  2. tools and theories for understanding of:
    • strategy consulting projects,
    • strategy consulting firms
    • and the strategy consulting industry   

This minor combines classroom (case) workshops and consulting projects.

  • In the workshops you will present and discuss real world strategy consultancy cases and other relevant topics. Moreover, you will work on consultancy case assignments (among others, with coaching by guests from strategy consulting firms).
  • In a field consulting project you will work with a group of fellow students (of your own choice) on an actual real world consultancy case for a client in the profit or not-for-profit sector.
  • Additionally, you will further develop your consulting skills by performing a desk consulting project.

This minor is relevant for you if you are considering a career in (strategy) consulting, but you will also benefit from your new knowledge and skills if you pursue other careers. 

Learning objectives

After successfully completing this minor, you can:

  • Apply the methods and techniques of the world’s best strategy consulting firms on a real world project
    • Identify the real strategic issues of your clients: both problems and opportunities
    • Structure and analyze these issues to develop valuable new insights
    • Develop hypotheses about potential strategies for effectively addressing these issues
    • Collect and analyze data to test your hypotheses to get confidence in your strategy
    • Create high-impact recommendations with convincing argumentation to get clients to accept your advice
    • Translate your advice to practical roadmaps for execution
  • Assess and manage the relationship with your client and engage other stakeholders to be more effective and get support for your advice
  • Assess strategies and business models of strategy consulting firms to understand the important differences
  • Evaluate competitive developments in the strategy consulting industry to see where the industry is going
  • Reflect on a real live strategy consultancy experience to find out whether consulting is something for you

Special aspects

Even if you have no basic knowledge of business, you may still successfully follow this Minor. We provide self-study materials and other support to help you quickly learn the entry level business knowledge.  

Overview content per week

Week

Main topic

1

Introduction to strategy consulting, and how to identify your client’s real strategic issue

2

How to structure your client’s real strategic issue to simplify analysis

3

Kick-off of your group consulting field project and your individual desk project

4

How to develop strategic options for effectively addressing your client’s issue

5

Case workshop by guest lecturers from top strategy consulting firm

6

How to develop and recommend an advice to your client to get acceptance

7

Case workshop by guest lecturers from top strategy consulting firm

8

How to implement your advice to create success for your client

9

Lessons from the past, and foresight of the future of the strategy consulting industry

10

Careers in strategy consulting

In parallel to classroom sessions you will work on group project and a field project. The lecturers coach you on both projects. You will present your group project to a panel of lecturers and guests from top strategy firms.

Teaching materials

Textbook: Baaij (2014). An introduction to management consultancy. London: Sage. 

Examination

Method of examination

  • Individual desk consulting project: grading of intermediate and final report
  • Group field consulting project: grading of intermediate and final report

Composition final grade
 

Course: Strategy Consulting (BKBMIN022)

 

 

Educational goals per course  

Group field project

Individual desk project

Group participation

Total

After following this course, the student is able to:

 

 

 

 

Apply the methods and techniques of the world’s best strategy consulting firms

X

X

X

X

Assess and manage relationships with your client and other stakeholders

X

 

 

X

Assess strategies and business models of strategy consulting firms

 

 

X

X

Evaluate competitive developments in the strategy consulting industry

 

 

 X

X

Reflect on a real live strategy consultancy experience

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Weighting

30%

60%

10%

100%

Minimum grade required

No

5.5

No

5.5

Opportunity to resit within the academic year (Yes/No)

No

Yes

No

 

Form of examination (e.g. MC, Open-book, etc.)

Written assignment

Written assignment

Oral presentation and discussion

 

Group / Individual assessment (Group/Individual)

Group

Individual

Group

 

Feedback

  • In the class room, you receive feedback on your presentation and discussion of cases
  • In the group field consulting project and the individual project, you receive feedback on your intermediate and final reports. Moreover, you will receive guidance and coaching on the steps of the projects.

Contact information

Marc Baaij
mbaaij@rsm.nl
+31 (0) 6-2004 8030
room: T7-35 (
Mandeville)

Factsheet

Category
Broadening minor
Minor code
MINRSM022
Organisation
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Study points (ECTS)
15
Instruction language
English
Location
Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam

Registration

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