Management consulting is one of the most popular - and lucrative - career paths that can also set you up for a successful transition into the corporate world. Coveted for its stimulating variety of client work across industries and functions, the industry is dynamic and diverse.
An executive education program in consulting can help people to get ahead in this dynamic world. Due to their popularity, some business schools even run entire executive programs specifically in management consulting. Generally on these courses, participants are taken through the various phases of a strategy project including defining and structuring the problem, conducting analysis, developing and communicating recommendations. This includes managing stakeholder expectations, drawing on diverse perspectives and building trust with clients.
Many of the best executive courses in consulting may also include a practical component where students consult real companies - an opportunity to put academic theory into practice in the real business world.
Other schools run courses in related fields such as strategic management, problem-solving, product management and digital transformation. This helps consultants who wish to specialize and carve out a niche for themselves.
New York’s Columbia Business School offers a course called Driving Strategic Impact: Mastering Management Consulting Skills. Delivered over five consecutive days with live online sessions, the executives are taken through five phases of a strategy project including defining and structuring the problem, conducting analysis, developing and communicating recommendations. The course includes role-plays so that participants can put the theory into practice.View School Profile
The Saïd Business school at University of Oxford runs the Consulting and Coaching for Change program jointly with HEC Paris that is delivered over 18 months part-time through a mixture of live virtual sessions and classes in Oxford, UK and Paris. The global program equips participants with the skills to deal with the human dimensions of change in organizations as well as the challenges they pose.View School Profile
Bayes Business School, former Cass, puts on the Core Consulting Skills executive education program that is for consultants and other executives. Delivered online over three weeks, the participants learn how to spot business problems, propose solutions and achieve outcomes. This includes managing stakeholder expectations and building trust with clients.View School Profile
The consulting-themed executive course Structured Problem Solving at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is delivered online in live sessions over four half days. The program is for executives who need to solve complex business challenges, the bread and butter of management consulting. They will learn how to define and break down corporate challenges, work out a plan of action, build the case for change and communicate it effectively.View School Profile
The leading Swiss business school IMD runs the Digital Transformation Program, which focuses on digital business model transformation including digital strategy consulting. This executive course helps participants learn how to stay ahead of the curve of technological change - and plan, communicate and execute digital transformation programs.View School Profile
London Business School offers the Developing Strategy for Value Creation program. On the five-day consulting course taught online in a live format, participants learn how to turn challenges into opportunities to help organizations thrive. This includes getting feedback from stakeholders and using diverse perspectives to solve corporate challenges, which are critical skills for consulting executives. They also learn how to identify the key capabilities and skills needed to execute a strategy.View School Profile
Imperial College Business School has its Brand and Product Strategy program that’s delivered over seven weeks online. Participants on this part-time executive course in consulting learn how to design product portfolios. The program is especially beneficial for consultants who want to explore tools for making strategic decisions about products based on data, and provide stronger recommendations for their clients.View School Profile
Stanford in California puts on the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization. Participants learn how to diagnose and solve organizational problems using proven frameworks for executing change. They also discover analytical tools for evaluating a company’s strategy and market positioning. The multidisciplinary, strategic management course is delivered live online over 12 days.View School Profile
On Henley Business School’s Executive Management Programme, participants gain the strategic skills and mindset to overcome management challenges. They also put their leadership skills to the test with a live consultancy project that combines theory and practice. This consulting-oriented executive course consists of two five-day-long modules at Henley in the UK.View School Profile
Cambridge Judge Business School offers the Strategic Management: Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage program. Over three days, participants are introduced to new ways of thinking and develop the skills for successful strategy formulation and implementation – including stakeholder management. This executive course is all about defining the direction of companies in a world of disruption, which is a key challenge for today’s consultants.View School Profile
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