Management consulting is becoming more prevalent in non-business related fields as well. As the need for professional and specialized advice grows, other industries such as government, quasi-government and not-for-profit agencies are turning to the same managerial principles that have helped the private sector for years.
One important and recent change in the industry has been the spin-off or separation of the consulting and the accounting units of the large diversified firms. For these firms, which began business as accounting firms, management consulting was a new extension to their business. But after a number of highly publicized scandals over accounting practices, accountancies began divestiture of their management consulting units, to more easily comply with the tighter regulatory scrutiny that followed.
Datassay has two approaches, with an ‘expert’ or prescriptive approach at one end and a facilitative/process consulting approach at the other. In our expert approach, the consultant takes the role of expert, and provides expert advice or assistance to the client, and with a facilitative approach, the consultant focuses less on specific or technical expert knowledge, and more on the process of consultation itself.
Our Management consultants bring our own proprietary methodologies or frameworks to guide the identification of problems, and to serve as the basis for recommendations for more effective or efficient ways of performing business tasks.
Our consulting style organized in a matrix structure, where one ‘axis’ describes a business function or type of consulting: for example, strategy, operations, technology, executive leadership, process improvement, talent management, sales, etc. The second axis is an industry focus: for example, oil and gas, retail, automotive. Together, these form a matrix, with consultants occupying one or more ‘cells’ in the matrix. For example, one consultant may specialize in operations for the retail industry, and another may focus on process improvement in the downstream oil and gas industry.
Because of their exposure to and relationships with numerous organizations, our consults are exposed to industry “best practices”, although the transferability of such practices from one organization to another may be limited or problematic, but the knowledge of expertise help the organizations in improving their performance.
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