The overall objectives of this two part course series in the Consulting Industry Cluster is to familiarize the students with a working understanding of consulting industry, roles, client engagement process, solution development and presentation techniques and its applicability in a diverse client business environment for any industry. Offering students hands-on training in a specific industry and face-to-face interaction with top industry professionals, the Consulting Cluster is taught by Fisher Lecturer and Faculty Coordinator: Professor Jack Slavinski.
Leading practitioners in the field of Consulting will share their expertise, address up-to-the-minute issues facing businesses today, and look to students to provide real-world solutions. Complementing this action-learning format will be a series of lectures designed to provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge that they will need to succeed.
The consulting industry has many firms, roles and styles and certainly many aspects of career growth and enjoyment. However, there is one highly consistent, very demanding element and that is the expectations that clients have for getting the highest value, quality delivery. They expect to get more than their contracted monies worth.
Therefore, students in this cluster will be expected to come with the right “mindset,” to be fully immersed in the learning experience, and to engage themselves in the real world simulations and projects that will be exercised during both semesters.
Consulting firms stake their brand reputation, credibility and differentiation on the client value provided and this is YOUR opportunity to develop some of your own style and brand. Leadership, personal interaction, team participation, and contribution are critical weights in one’s overall grade.
This is an academic program with expectations. There will be exams, outside readings, projects, and assignments. Students in this cluster should be aware that there will be several required learning opportunities outside of class time. These events include, but are not limited to, the Kick-off event, field trips, networking events, etc.
In the Autumn Semester, students will meet one evening per week. In Spring Semester, students should expect to meet one evening per week as well. However, because students will be completing projects, they should be aware that there will be an additional time commitment outside of that one evening. Sponsoring companies may aid in the evaluation of these projects.
Course Sequence and Syllabi
Consulting Cluster: Foundational Knowledge and Understanding
Autumn- 2 semester hours
The overall objective for the first course is to provide foundational and fundamental knowledge of the consulting industry and what it takes to effectively consult with clients and deliver value. Industry Partners will alternate the content and subject matter for their respective disciplines. Classes will consist of: lecture/presentations, case studies and/or simulations, with work to be done by project teams or individually.
Consulting Cluster Client: Project Design and Delivery
Spring- 3 semester hours
The second course in the Consulting Cluster (pre-requisite is “Consulting Cluster Foundational Knowledge and Understanding") will continue to cover topics critical to consulting, however it will be significantly more devoted to topics in client solution design and delivery/presentations. The class will also take on industry- specific projects that are provided by the both your professor and Industry Partners, which will be executed in teams.