This course exposes students to a complete suite of consulting skills that can be applied to any corporate environment. This course is targeted to students interested in consulting, but can also be relevant for anyone looking to apply these skills in everyday corporate situations.
The emphasis in the course is on developing structured problem-solving skills, with additional focus given to communication and influencing skills. The learnings from the course are broadly applicable across business functions and across industries, and besides their relevance to consulting, will be valuable in corporate strategy assignments, business development and entrepreneurship.
The course is organized around the phases of a typical strategy engagement: problem definition, problem structuring, data gathering & analysis, recommendations development, presentation & implementation. Students will get to learn and practice specific consulting tools and principles associated with each of these five phases, such as issue trees, hypothesis-driven problem-solving, interview guides and the pyramid principle.
The course emphasizes hands-on practice and real-time feedback. Formal discussion of consulting tools and skills will be supplemented by mini-cases and strategy cases based on real-life engagements. Students will get a number of opportunities to exercise and hone the skills they are introduced to during the course.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business
Brad Aspel teaches MBA courses on Leadership Communication and is one of the Executive Coaches for the Executive Education program's Columbia Management Institute (CMI). He also teaches workshops on Communication & Presentation skills. Brad started his career as an actor (including five Broadway shows) and theatrical director with a particular focus on developing talent. He worked in Media & Entertainment for multiple companies...