06300543 - International Consulting

Credit hour 3
Total number of hours 21
Number of hours for lectures 21

Goals

The aim of this course is to gain a profund understanding of the consulting industry in the 21st century (in Europe). Students are provided with four key perspectives on the consulting industry:
1. A description of what management consultancy is
2. An understanding of the problem solving process
3. A critical analysis of the industry (ethics)
4. Some advice for a consultant’s career

The goal is that participants get a hands-on-approach on what management consultants do and how they do it (case studies, discussions, presentations)

This course will help students to train their analytical skills, to train their strategic skills and competencies, practice intercultural group work and leadership and gain to some degree insights into change management
 

  • TARGETED KNOWLEDGE
  • Methods and tools of a consultant in international management

 

  • TARGETED SKILLS
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skillls
  • Team work and team management skills
  • Project management skills
  • Leadership skills (project manager, team leader)

CSR DIMENSION
The participants are encouraged to act and consult in accordance with the ethical standards and norms defined by the iaelyon (Charte de Responsabilité Sociétale et des engagements des membres de la communauté de l'iaelyon)

Content

1 Introduction
2 The Descriptive Perspective
2.1 The Consulting Industry
2.2 Types of Management Consultancy
3 The Practiotioner Perspective
3.1 Clients, Procurement, and the Request for Information
3.2 The Consulting Life-Cycle
3.3 Consulting Approaches, Methods and Tools (Problem Solving)
3.4 Consultancy Skills
3.5 Running a Consultancy
4 The Critical Perspective - Ethics of Consultancy
5 The Career Perspective

Bibliography

1 Introduction
2 The Descriptive Perspective
2.1 The Consulting Industry
2.2 Types of Management Consultancy
3 The Practiotioner Perspective
3.1 Clients, Procurement, and the Request for Information
3.2 The Consulting Life-Cycle
3.3 Consulting Approaches, Methods and Tools (Problem Solving)
3.4 Consultancy Skills
3.5 Running a Consultancy
4 The Critical Perspective - Ethics of Consultancy
5 The Career Perspective

Tests

Final Exam
Oral, 3 H, 30 min per team
Final group presentation of the outcomes and recommendations of the consulting project

Continuing Examination
Written assignment

Additional Information

TEACHING METHODS
PPT presentation, case studies, videos, individual and group work, break-out sessions, class discussions and presentations.

PRE-REQUISITE
Participants should have a solid knowledge in international management and a good understanding of the major functions within a company
First experience and knowledge about project management are helpful.
Openness and the willingness to collaborate in intercultural teams are necessary in order to fulfill the group work / presentation.