Consultancy Challenge

The Consultancy Challenge is the third challenge on the Lancaster MBA, designed to increase your effectiveness in a consultancy context. The module particularly helps you to understand consultancy as a process of influence, oriented towards exploring opportunities, solving problems and implementing action. You begin training in the class-room, with a 'consultancy tool-kit'; a set of tools and skills that will enable you to address complexity and deliver targeted outcomes. We focus on consultant mindset and consulting skills by examining the principles of effective consultancy, the barriers to successful intervention and how consultants manage risk. Subsequently, students work as teams of consultants, to analyse a problem or situation for a client organisation and develop implementable recommendations. Typically client organisations are medium-sized companies based in the North of England looking for support to address a wide range of business issues. This action-learning challenge ultimately stress tests your cognitive and collaborative conduct, requires you to use many of the skills you have acquired and generates a substantial opportunity for powerful experiential learning.