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Consulting 101: Driving Strategic Impact

Spring 2014 MBA Course

B8624-002: Consulting 101: Driving Strategic Impact

M - B Term, 09:00AM to 12:15PM
Location: WJW 416

Instructor: Angela Lee

The goal of this course is to teach students the fundamental skills of strategic problem solving. Students will learn how to approach an uncertain, mis-aligned, and ambiguous business problems in a structured and efficient way that is based on the problem solving techniques of top tier consulting firms.

This course is for:

  • Aspiring consultants: This course will give you a great jump start to your consulting career and allow you to hit the ground running
  • Everyone else: This course will provide you with frameworks and actionable skills to prepare you to tackle the complex business problems that you will encounter in any role


Each session will convey frameworks for particular situations and experiential exercises for practicing them. You will go through the lifecycle of a real case from the faculty’s personal consulting experience. The topics covered will be:

  • Defining an ambiguous project and gaining alignment on the project objective
  • Structuring a complex problem into its highest priority components
  • Understanding how to collect, refine, and analyze data in an organized and comprehensive manner
  • Synthesizing the analysis and data into actionable, relevant insights
  • Communicating in a way that ensures buy-in, understanding, and follow-through
  • Managing a project, team, and clients through the lifecycle of a project