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My MBA Career: Navigating the Challenges in the Consulting Industry



Last Updated on March 24, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

Major consulting firms such as Accenture and Deloitte are facing a slowdown in demand for their services as clients cut back on spending. This has led to Accenture revising its projected revenue growth for 2024 from 2-5% to 1-3%, and Deloitte undergoing a massive reorganization to reduce costs.

In response to the decrease in demand, Accenture’s consulting revenue for the second fiscal quarter fell about 3% compared to the previous year. Some consulting firms are even offering stipends to new hires to delay their start dates due to a lack of work.

However, despite the overall downturn in the industry, the promise of AI implementation is creating a spike in demand for new projects at consulting firms. Accenture reported over $600 million in new bookings related to generative AI in the most recent quarter.

The effects of the slowdown are clear, with Deloitte reducing its main business units from five to four in an effort to streamline operations and cut costs. With clients tightening their budgets, consulting firms are being forced to adapt to the changing landscape in order to stay competitive in the market.

As the industry continues to navigate these challenges, it will be essential for consulting firms to innovate and explore new opportunities, such as AI implementation, to drive growth and maintain their position in the market.

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