Sunday, 19 October 2014

Why Management Consulting.

Why Management Consulting.


Management consulting is understood to be an independent professional advisory service that assists organizations to achieve organizations objectives by figuring out and solving management and business problems, and at the same time identifying and availing new opportunities and enhancing learning within the organization, and ensuring the implementation of changes.

Management consultancy's are primarily concerned with the analysis, possible changes and implementation to strategy, structure, management and operations of an organisation. They will identify options for the organisation and suggest recommendations for change, and will also undertake the task of helping with additional resources to implement solutions.
Consultants operate across a wide variety of services such as business strategy, marketing, financial and management controls, human resources, information technology, e-business and operations, and supply-chain management.
Consultancy firms range from larger firms that offer end-to-end solutions to smaller or boutique firms that offer specialist expertise, skills and industry knowledge.

Typical work activities

The day-to-day activities of management consultants are often complex and varied. Projects can vary in length depending on the type of consultancy, firm and the demands of the client. They can involve an individual or a large team and may be based in one location or across various sites including overseas.
Typical tasks, particularly for new graduate recruits, involve:
  • carrying out research and data collection to understand the organisation;
  • conducting analysis;
  • interviewing client's employees, management team and other stakeholders;
  • running focus groups and facilitating workshops;
  • preparing business proposals/presentations.
New recruits tend to spend most of their time at the client's site.
In addition to the above, tasks for more experienced and senior consultants involve:
  • identifying issues and forming hypotheses and solutions;
  • presenting findings and recommendations to clients;
  • implementing recommendations/solutions and ensuring the client receives the necessary assistance to carry it all out;
  • managing projects and programmes;
  • leading and managing those within the team, including analysts;
  • liaising with the client to keep them informed of progress and to make relevant decisions.


Ethics and Culture at Organizations.

Ideally human resources departments at organizations try to hire employees who appear to have certain educational requirements as well as certain skill sets and a positive attitude. 

In organizations which are categorised as local businesses in the East, tend to hire local staff  that may position the company in the middle as regards to image and pay packages with some cultural diversity within. A non native multi-national in a foreign jurisdiction generally brings in higher management staff and recruits middle management and lower positions staff from local applicants with a strong emphasis on hiring the best candidates who conform to a strict mindset and are pliable. 

Local businesses are understanding to religious and cultural beliefs and needs including dress codes and social behaviour. However at multinationals generally the impression of professionalism may be understood to be conforming to a Western dress code and lifestyle. MNC's are generally accepting of cultural differences and do not force people to change their dress code or lifestyle to comply with a western one, however exceptions have been seen.

The question arises should each individual dress properly in a dress code that may be native to their religious and cultural background without any or should the western culture and lifestyle impose and change the employees life.

The other question that arises is what are the long term implications of this infringement?Privacy is always a delicate matter at organizations. Though a company culture may be friendly and open and encourage employees to freely interact, however the organization has an ethical obligation to ensure a safe and ethical environment to help maintain the employees religious and cultural identity.