The Centre will lead or sponsor a number of lectures and other events.

Upcoming Events

GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM: Wednesday 14th November 2018

Our next event examines the results of a major research study into the skills needed by consultants in 2030.

We’ve all heard that many trades and professions are under threat from the rise of artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological advances. So what threats face our own profession – that of management consulting – and what skills are needed to address them?

Our Global Symposium will examine the findings of a major research project conducted by the Centre over the last year into the skills likely to be required by consultants in 2030.  These will be presented by Chris Sutton, who led the project, followed by comments from three leading experts in the field:

  • Sir George Cox – most recently Pro-Chancellor of Warwick University, formerly director general of the Institute of Directors,
  • Mark Goyder – Author, Champion of Good Capitalism and Founder of Tomorrow’s Company
  • Chris Hay – Distinguished Engineer at IBM iX

There will be plenty of time for discussion – and you will leave with a greater knowledge of what the future holds, and how close we are to robot consultants.

Sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, further details can be found here on the Company’s website; the event is open now for booking for all who are interested. There is a small charge to cover the cost of refreshments.

The lecture will be held at the Bunhill Row premises of Cass Business School, and there will be drinks and nibbles after the main presentation to allow for further discussion and networking.

Past Events

URWICK LECTURE: 6 September 2018

This year’s Urwick Prize was awarded in April for a paper ‘The Silent Politics of Temporal Work: A Case Study of a Management Consultancy Project to Redesign Public Health Care’, which addressed the tension generated between consultants and clients through their different perceptions of time. You can read the press release here.

Professor Gerry McGivern of Warwick Business School delivered the Urwick Lecture on this on September 6. You can read Simon Davey’s report on the event here

Gerry McGivern is shown in the picture with Calvert Markham.

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The Change Lecture has been run annually by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and this year was run jointly with the Centre.

Recently a team of academics published a paper that concluded that there was a negative correlation between the amount health trusts spent on management consultants and their performance. This received a lot of publicity, but as might have been expected, received a strong rebuttal from the consulting industry.

The academics who wrote the paper were the speakers at this year’s Change Lecture, together with Alan Leaman, CEO of the Management Consultancies Association, who made the case for the defence. See the report on the Company’s web site here.

Change Lecture

Shown in the picture are Alan Leaman, David Johnson, Master of the Company, Bob Harris, who chaired the event, and Andrew Sturdy and Ian Kirkpatrick, two of the authors of the paper.

TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM 6 February 2018: Rethinking reputational risk

How to manage the risks that can ruin your business, your reputation and you.

In spite of advances in risk management, our media headlines continue to be populated with corporate disasters. Recent events include the emission scandal at Volkswagen, the accounting misrepresentation at Tesco, BP’s Deep Water Horizon catastrophe, the Barclays libor fixing, and more.

Anthony Fitzsimmons, the Chairman of Reputability LLP, which helps organisations reduce and manage reputational risks, was the speaker at the Centre’s inaugural Technical Symposium. This was held at Coventry University’s campus in London and as well as supporters of the Centre was attended by many of the students studying there.

Anthony has prepared a summary of his talk, which you can find here.

GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM:  15 November 2017: Tom Peters speaks out

There was a packed room at Cass Business School to hear Tom Peters, famed for his ‘In Search of Excellence’ and many subsequent widely read business books speak at the inaugural Global Symposium of the Centre for Management Consulting Excellence. He started by giving a powerful endorsement of the Centre: management consultancy like all other activities demands excellence, and he applauded the establishment of a Centre to promote this. Read more…

Tom Peters is back and he’s angry! Dr Simon Davey updates us on Tom’s latest views.

For Tom’s endorsement of the Centre, see here…

URWICK LECTURE: 11 September 2017

This was the inaugural Lecture, in which this year’s winners of the Urwick Prize presented their work which won them the award. Their submission for the Prize, which summarises their work, is shown here.

Two of the winners of the Prize, Professors Tim Morris and Will Harvey gave the Lecture, at which they also presented their current research into the challenges faced by a global firm of consultants seeking to expand into the area of strategy consulting. Details are shown here.