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Ecosystems as time machines: What consulting ecosystems tell us about the future

Published Sep 2019

Consulting firms are tricky things to run: Invest ahead of the demand curve, and you risk upsetting your finely-tuned utilisation rates; wait, and the market has moved on. This, coupled with pressure from clients, means that investment decisions are a fraught balance between long-term stewardship and opportunism.


And so it comes as no surprise that firms are investing heavily in building, maintaining, and expanding their ecosystems, as interviewees began to tell us in the previous white paper in our acquisition strategy series.