The Brazil Consulting Market
Consulting Market Programme 2016
As an analyst (rather than an on-the-ground consultant), it can be easy to dismiss a consulting market when it seems so troubled that there appear to be few prospects of things going right. Brazil is one such market. The volume of consulting work barely grew at all in 2016, having contracted in 2015. The economic situation is dire—the economy has shrunk by more than 7% in the past two years—and is also beset by high unemployment and a crippling budget deficit. Well-documented political shenanigans have been hugely destabilising—with impeachment followed by meatpacking scandal followed by further impeachment worries—and have hit investor confidence hard. Bear in mind, too, that this is the country that gave us the delightful (at least to the disinterested observer) notion of the “chicken flight”—the idea of a hopeful surge in economic performance, swiftly followed by a fall to earth—and that was when times were relatively good, with Brazil proudly occupying its position as one of the then-fabled booming BRICS.
Blog | 10th October 2017 | Read more
By Alison Huntington.
Apparently, it’s true: People own dogs that look like themselves. A 2015 experiment revealed that by just looking at pooch and owner, it’s easy to match them up because their hairstyles and eye shape tend to be similar. Aside from wondering who on earth funds this sort of research, it made me think that there’s perhaps a parallel: Consulting firms’ offices tend to look like their owners.
Blog | 4th July 2017 | Read more
By Fiona Czerniawska.
We’ve talked a lot in our blogs about the bifurcation of the professional services sector into low-cost and high-value markets, each requiring different skills, which in turn necessitates different price points and business models. But the impact, of what could be a massive driver of disruption, is softened by the fact that most services combine an element of both. From audit to corporate strategy and risk, professional services firms have an opportunity to reshape their portfolios, ensuring they can retain a presence in the high-value markets.
Blog | 27th June 2017 | Read more
By Fiona Czerniawska.
We’re only three months into 2017, but it’s already clear that the word of the year in consulting will be robotics.
It’s rapidly becoming—some would say has become—the catch-all phrase for the use of new digital technologies, including cognitive computing and artificial intelligence, to automate parts of the consulting process. It’s a huge opportunity: as a previous article on this blog argued, there are aspects of strategy consulting—to name just one example—that could be done better and more quickly by machines, leaving people to spend more time analysing and interpreting the data. But inevitably it’s also a challenge—or rather two challenges.
Blog | 29th March 2017 | Read more
By Alison Huntington.
There’s much to like about the German consulting market: high average revenues, greater availability of talent relative to other markets, and, at this time of year, the promise of glühwein and Christmas markets. OK, that last point isn’t one of the criteria in our market attractiveness index, but the DACH region (of which Germany is by far the largest part) has topped our ranking for two years running without even taking mulled wine into account
Blog | 1st December 2016 | Read more
What's everyone talking about within the financial services consulting market? Zoë Stumpf shares some findings from our recently published report.
By Edward Haigh.
That’s the deliberately slightly playful question we’ve been asking consulting leaders recently, as part of our research into what’s going on from a talent perspective. And it’s already elicited some interesting responses.
The one that caught my attention the other day was someone saying that they’d build more relationships with small specialist firms.
Blog | 24th November 2016 | Read more
By Rachel Duk.
If the current antics of a certain “reality-star-turned-presidential-candidate” are anything to go by, political scandals are currently in vogue. For those of us watching on here in the UK, the build up to the US election has made for compelling viewing—a fascinating political soap opera that would keep writers of House of Cards in storylines for years to come. For the US electorate however, the debates are a glimpse of an unappealing reality that may come to pass when votes are cast today. Watching on with some empathy perhaps, are the inhabitants of Brazil—who are all too familiar with the damaging effects politically bad behaviour can have on business.
Blog | 7th November 2016 | Read more
Rachel Duk talks through the challenges in place for consulting firms and their clients within the energy & resources industry.
By Edward Haigh.
Tony Soprano, lead protagonist of the critically acclaimed HBO TV series, was a hardened criminal and brutal murderer. I liked him. I doubt I was alone.
I liked him because he was a family man who would come home from a day of hardened criminality and brutal murdering and try to do the best for his family. And then sit down in front of the TV with a bowl of ice-cream. I liked him because he was vulnerable.
In fact that vulnerability was sufficiently acute that it led him to the psychiatrist’s couch, confirming in the process both that America’s psychological problems extended to all corners of society, and that Americans really, really, like talking about themselves.
Blog | 6th October 2016 | Read more
The last few years have been among the busiest ever for M&A activity within the consulting industry. But the number of deals being done begs an important question: are they adding value?
Edward Haigh explores how data and analytics are changing the consulting industry and the extent to which clients are increasingly using consultants in two ways.
Fiona Czerniawska, author of this report, talks us through her thoughts on what is a main trend in consulting this year.