Management Consulting: A Complete Guide to the Industry / Edition 2

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Demand for qualified management consultants continues to rise as new positions open up every year. With tens of thousands of applicants vying for these coveted slots, however, the competition for them is fierce. Added to that, the preferred method of candidate selection, the case interview, is an excruciating challenge for even the most qualified applicants. If you want to prevail in this grueling contest, you must be very well prepared.

Management Consulting: A Complete Guide to the Industry, Second Edition guides you carefully through every phase of the management consulting job search process and gives you a leg up on the competition every step of the way. It provides an objective picture of the industry as a whole, shows you how to grab the attention of consulting firms that are virtually buried in resumes, and helps you navigate abstract and complex case interviews with confidence.

More than 100 sample case questions prepare you to think on your feet during the case interview, and outlines of the 15 most common case frameworks help you shape your answers to fit the topic. You'll even find a directory of 100 consulting firms to help you start your job search. Plus, contributions from leading consultants from various sectors of the industry give you a feel for the business and help you discover how you can fit into it.

This new edition features a revealing profile of the e-business segment of the consulting industry as well as considerable information on consulting to start-ups, incubators, and other new-economy enterprises. All salary information is completely updated, as are statistics on the industry and discussions of key trends affecting the management and recruiting practices of consulting firms. You'll also discover how to negotiate among your offers for the most attractive package.

Whether you're a recent business graduate/MBA or an accomplished professional seeking a career change, you need all the help you can get to break into consulting. With Management Consulting on your side, you'll develop the background knowledge, interview skills, and absolute confidence you need to take the consulting industry by storm.

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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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