International Business Consulting: Approaches and Techniques

Course NameInternational Business Consulting: Approaches and Techniques
Course CodeBUS331 / BUS531
DescriptionThis course aims to provide students with foundational knowledge and skills to carry out consulting projects in organizations, particularly in international business context. What is consulting actually? What are the key skills necessary in consulting and what to expect in a consulting career? What are the different areas of consulting in international businesses? What does a project consist of and what are its different phases? The key topics covered will include consulting as a business, consulting industry and landscape, strategic analysis frameworks, changes of management processes and challenges or internationalization of firms and global strategies. Students will be able to gain an understanding of the consulting process, familiarize themselves with different types of consulting and build the knowledge, experience and confidence necessary for success in a consulting role. The course will provide a brief overview of key analyses necessary for evaluating a company, its weaknesses, potential, position on the market etc. This will be especially useful to students who do not have extensive background in financial analysis and management. The course will also aim to improve the students’ presentation skills, to ensure they are capable of presenting their analysis in a structured, confident and persuasive manner. This course would be ideal for students who are planning to pursue a career in consulting to prepare for the interview process but also for students who would like to know whether this path would fulfill their career expectations.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students should be able to:
– Define and describe different types of consulting models, understand their respective characteristics, and give examples of the most renowned consulting firms;
– Understand and analyze the processes and challenges in consulting and change management projects;
– Comprehend and have a clear understanding of key strategic issues for multinational enterprises;
– Identify and apply strategic analysis frameworks to assess real-life business problems and provide a suitable problem-solving approach;
– Effectively present and defend their ideas in front of clients or target audience;
– Assess advantages and disadvantages of the consulting industry, both from a client and consultant perspective, and reject the most common myths about it.
SchoolSchool of Business Administration (SBA)
LevelBachelor / Master
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS