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Anonymous A asked on Sep 03, 2018 - 3 answers

Can you please explain the difference?

(In terms of which firm does what, type of tasks, exit opportunities ....)

Thank you

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replied on Sep 03, 2018
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Hi There,

Strategy Consulting is just a type of management consulting. As the name would suggest, strategy consulting entails with defining the strategy for a company/division/geography, usually in facing a specific problem (e.g. how should we enter this market?).

There are many other types of "management consulting" which are done by both MBB and by other firms. For example:

- Organisational Consulting: Recommendations on organisational aspects - e.g. how to structure organisation, defining accountability/responsibility, etc.

- Operational Consulting: Anything which advises on how to optimise/improve operations of a business - e.g. optimising supply chain.

- "PMO (Project Management Office) projects: Helping set up and run a PMO at a company to track performance using KPIs of either overall company or specific initiatives/programmes

Hope that helps!

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  • Strategic projects are just one type of all variety of projects done by consultants (In line with Ops, org, etc).
  • All MBB companies have generalist roles, so you can / will be staffed on any kind of the project
  • Some 2nd and 3rd Tier companies have dedicated strategic groups (e.g.Accenture Strategy) where you will have just the strategic projects.
  • In terms of exit opportunities, it's not the main factor (more important is the brand of the particular company)
  • From the personal development point - the more different types of the projects you do - the more experienced you become as a manager (and thus you will better succeed once you exit)


Thanks — Ethan on Sep 20, 2018 (edited)

Ethan replied on Sep 20, 2018
Hello, I am Ethan and i have recently graduated. I love travelling and I am here to learn more about my interests.

Well I can be crisp and talk from the hiring perspective. At the end of the day, however, you will not be hired as a strategist but instead, as a consultant. Strategy consulting is still just a niche of management consulting. As such, I’m going to refer to all of these firms as management consulting firms unless I am specifically discussing the strategy function within a management consulting firm. This is all just nomenclature though. During the application process, presenters from various firms will stress the strategic nature of their work. So even though this blog is intended to help you land a job at a management consulting firm, it will focus primarily on strategy.

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