Originally published September 16, 2016 , updated on June 1, 2022

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In an attempt to discover how and why top-level executives hire a management consultant, Goodman Lantern conducted a survey. We did that across 206 executives in Fortune 1000 companies. The results showed that the two main reasons behind the hiring of management consultants were as follows:
1. 40% – To give a much needed shift in strategy
2. 40% –  To bring a fresh perspective

Survey on how and why top-level executives hire management consultants

While the above-mentioned two reasons for hiring management consultants were the clear forerunners, various other significant needs were addressed as well. Staffing, training, and fundraising, to mention a few. In terms of specialised expertise, financial and strategical advice were highly sought after. Technology and human resources followed closely behind.

The Hiring Process of a Management Consultant

On the subject of head-hunting management consultants, a large percentage of the interviewees alluded to using popular search engines such as Google and Bing. Generally speaking, more traditional recruitment methods such as phone calls, referrals, and company reputations were significantly less popular.

Astoundingly, 63% of Fortune 1000 executives stated that their number one reason for not re-hiring a management consultant was arrogance. On the other hand, only 17% of the panel seemed concerned about the quality of work supplied by the consultant. From this, we concluded that a consultant’s attitude and general demeanour are the foundation for a successful partnership between executives and consultants.

The Hiring Process of a Management Consultant Includes Using Search Engines
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Management Consulting Trends

According to our research, nearly 42% of Fortune 1000 companies are steadily moving towards hiring in-house management consultants rather than leaning on large consulting firms. Those who preferred to outsource stated that they were more likely to do so from a developing economy. Additionally, most of our interviewees preferred to stretch payment of consulting fees over the period of a year. Despite the expectation that the Management Consulting market will grow to over $350 billion within the next year, efforts to cut back on costs are still hugely significant.

Primary and secondary research relating to markets, costs, industry trends, etc. often falls on an external research firm. These firms work in collaboration with the marketing consultant. Naturally, this would incur additional fees. When asked who should shoulder this financial burden, more than 50% of our interviewees were willing to contribute to the additional costs incurred.

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