Are there any differences that makes consulting in South East Asia unique?

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New answer on Jun 16, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jun 14, 2020

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Clara
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replied on Jun 14, 2020
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Hello!

Actually, SEA is a very wide and heterogeneous area.

For instance, Singapore has nothing to do with the rest of the offices, in terms of payroll, difficulties to get in, etc.

Which KPIs are the ones that interest you?

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Clara

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Ian
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updated an answer on Jun 14, 2020
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Hi there,

I would say its variety of work and cultures.

  • You have developing countries (i.e. Philippines) and the most advanced nations (Singapore, Hongkong) all grouped together.
  • These countries have very different cultures and work experiences/expectations.
  • Furthermore, this also allows for diversity of industry exposure (oil & case, consumer products, finance, etc.)

You won't get this in, say, Europe, North America, or the Australia/New Zealand :)

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Antonello
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Hi, I would add also the fact to be in a fast-growing economy, that let consulting truly working in strategy, big investments, and large transformation (differently from more consolidated countries, where the focus is now on operations, implementation, cost-saving, digitalization, ...)

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Antonello

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Luca
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Hello,

Generally speaking, consulting experience in a specific country depends on the local culture. Doing consultancy you will see, amplified, all the differences and details that you would encounter working in that country.

The areas that are more sensitive to the country are:

  • Project typologies (M&A, cost cutting, increasing revenues..)
  • Clients (especially public vs. non public sector)
  • Salaries (it can vary a lot among Asia)
  • Work culture (within the team and exposure with clients)
  • Timetable (work life balance)

Best,
Luca

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