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Is the consulting industry becoming too dominated by big firms like McKinsey?

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Last Updated on March 26, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

In a shocking turn of events, an anonymous memo from former partners at McKinsey has criticized the prestigious consulting firm for its relentless pursuit of unchecked and unmanaged growth. The memo raises concerns over the lack of strategic focus and warns of a potential loss of greatness within the firm.

The turmoil within McKinsey has been further exacerbated by a recent internal contest for the top job after the managing partner faced a lack of support from senior partners. This internal power struggle comes at a time when the consulting industry, which saw significant revenue growth during the pandemic, has now slowed to around 5% in 2023.

The decrease in demand for consulting services can be attributed to economic uncertainty and client cutbacks on projects. Consultancies are now facing challenges with overstaffing and decreased attrition rates, with firms like Bain and Deloitte even resorting to paying graduates to delay their start dates and widespread layoffs across all major companies.

Adding to the industry’s woes are geopolitical issues, particularly strained relationships with countries like China and Saudi Arabia, which pose challenges for Western consulting firms. Moreover, the decreased enthusiasm for ESG projects and sustainability services could further impact the industry’s recovery.

On a more positive note, technological change and digital disruption are forcing consultants to adapt with AI integration and new tools and methods. The excitement over generative AI is creating opportunities for consultants to collaborate with tech companies on innovative projects.

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As the consulting industry navigates through these turbulent times, it remains to be seen how firms will adapt to the changing landscape and maintain their competitive edge in the market. Stay tuned to ‘My MBA Career’ for more updates on the evolving world of consulting.

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