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"Consulting is all about client results. If you want to help change the strategic destiny of organizations, pursue a high-impact career, and ensure continuous learning, then this book is a must read to help you identify the firm that best suits you."-Thomas J. Tierney, Director and former CEO, Bain & Company

"This is the most comprehensive overview of the consulting industry to date. It is chock-full of useful information for students and professionals considering consulting as a career."-Robert F. Bonner, Director, MBA Career Management, The Wharton School

"If graduating seniors read only one book on consulting, this should be it. Daryl and Sugata demystify the case interview and the realities of the consulting field in an easy-to-read format. Their knowledge and personal insight is invaluable to the job seeker. Many of our students have read the book and successfully landed consulting jobs-this book is a real winner!"-Sheila Curran, Director, Career Services, Brown University

"Strategic management consultants help clients perform markedly better in a world of rapid change. Consultants must constantly learn new skills, contribute to the intellectual capital of business, and build enduring relations with their clients. This book is an excellent window into the unparalleled opportunities consulting offers for personal and professional growth."-Carl W. Stern, CEO, The Boston Consulting Group

"The perfect resource to educate job seekers about the myths and realities of consulting. This user-friendly book will teach you to nail your case interviews and land a consulting job. "-Liz Michaels, Director, Career and Placement Services, University of Chicago

"This book is an excellent starting point for anyone contemplating a career in management consulting. My professional advice to you: Read this book!"-Wayne Cooper, Publisher, Consultants News, President and CEO, Kennedy Information

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471444015
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/25/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

SUGATA BISWAS has been a management consultant with some of the leading consulting firms in private, public, and nonprofit sectors including Accenture, IBM Global Services/The Wilkerson Group, RAND Corporation, and Viant. Mr. Biswas graduated from the University of Chicago with honors in economics and holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
DARYL TWITCHELL was a management consultant with the international strategy consulting firm Mercer Management Consulting/CDI, and was a director in the Strategic Planning Group of American Express. He held senior management positions at American Express in strategic investments and new business development, and worked in venture capital as a director at FrontLine Capital Group. Mr. Twitchell graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in international relations and history, and holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

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Table of Contents


The Management Consulting Industry.

The Consultant's Work and Lifestyle.

The Emergence of E-Consulting.

Perspectives on Consulting.

Planning Your Consulting Career.

Mastering the Case Interview.

Negotiating Your Offer.


Appendix I: Fifteen Essential Frameworks.

Appendix II: One Hundred Case Questions and Ten Sample Answers.

Appendix III: Directory of One Hundred Consulting Firms.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2002

    Excellent Book

    Excellent as a textbook. I use it to teach a university-level management consulting class. Many of the relevant topics covered provide a very good basis for in-class discussion. It is well written and insightful, presenting an accurate portrayal of what it is to be a management consultant. I especially like the sections scripted by industry veterans. I recommend this book to anyone interested in or considering a career in management consulting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001


    I wholeheartedly recommend this book if you want to join a consulting firm. It is comprehensive and well written - you'll learn about the many types of consulting, the day to day life of professionals, what works and what doesn't in case interviews, and techniques to nail your cases. There's even a robust guide to 15 essential frameworks, and a practice guide with 100 case questions (10 of which have answers). You'll stand out from the crowd if you read this book.

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