Growth and Leadership at McKinsey & Company



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Code : LDS0016A

Year :
2006

Industry :Global Management Consultancy

Region : USA

Teaching Note:Not Available

Structured Assignment :Not Available

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Abstract: In 2005, Mckinsey & Company (Mckinsey) was the world's largest and most prestigious management-consulting organization, with 7,000 consultants in 82 offices across 44 countries with annual revenues of $3.4 billion. During the dotcom boom, Mckinsey had expanded its business rapidly. Like most other consulting firms, Mckinsey had got carried away in the e-business wave to increase revenues and partner payouts in 2000. When the boom turned to bust, the firm was stuck with far too many consultants and not enough assignments. The utilization rate, of its consultants fell to 52% in 2003, its lowest level in more than 32 years, compared to 64% during the boom.

The case describes the entrepreneurial history of the firm and the efforts of the visionary, Marvin Bower in making Mckinsey a global player. The note gives a snapshot of the management consultancy industry. The leadership at Mckinsey and the knowledge management has been described. The case highlights the real challenge for the new managing partner to continue the growth of the firm. It ends on a debate whether Mckinsey compromised on its core philosophies for growth and would Mckinsey be able to remain a leader in the industry, without compromising its founding values.

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Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To understand the nature of the management consultancy industry
  • To discuss the issues involved in globalisation of the management consultancy
  • To analyse the growth strategy of McKinsey for globalsation and its success
  • To discuss the role of leadership for success at McKinsey
  • To debate the sustenance of its growth in a competitive world.

    Keywords : Management Consultancy, Leadership, Vision, James O, Mckinsey, Marvin Bower, Leadership Case Study, Strategic Management, Business History, Globalisation, Industry Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

    Contents :
    » About McKinsey
    » McKinsey & Co. and the Globalization of Management Consultancy
    » Accelerating Growth at McKinsey
    » E-Business Bust and the Strategic Shift


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