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  • »The Next Big Thing
    Consultants are always looking for the next big thing, the innovation that will see clients storming through their gates, bypassing pesky procurement departments, and writing blank checks for the magic mousetrap that whitens and brightens and cleans windows, too.
  • »JP Morgan and The Whale: A Parable
    After a tumultuous period of banking hyper-regulation after 2008, no one would have suspected in 2012 that JP Morgan, the world’s largest bank, had ineffective controls in place that left the company flat-footed when its “rogue” trader had taken untenable, long-term positions on Credit Default Swaps.
  • »Optimizing Manufacturing Strategy
    Bloomberg News recently reported that GE intends to use 3D printers to produce 85,000 fuel nozzles for its newest jet engine, a significant leap for a technology that until now has largely been confined to prototyping tasks.
  • »‘Post’-Ideological Privatizations
    We may be witnessing the start of a new wave of privatizations, which will see governments throughout Europe significantly increasing their sales of assets across a wide range of economic sectors.
  • »Consulting Without Consultants
    Management consulting is an enigmatic business. The industry is alternately ridiculed, reviled, or revered depending on one’s perspective. The same attitudes hold true for consulting’s standard-bearers (e.g. McKinsey, BCG, Bain et al). Such conflicting opinions are distilled in two recent exposés on the industry.
  • »The Jetsons and Cyber Security Measures
    As a child watching the animated TV show The Jetsons I was convinced they lived the ideal life. The Jetson family had technologies and gadgets used in everyday life that seemed unfathomable as I watched in the 1980s.
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Travel Advisory

  • »Marriott Goes Big in NYC
    Marriott International, Inc. and G Holdings opened what they’re calling an “iconic addition” to the New York skyline, a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in midtown Manhattan. The $320 million, 68-story property is the tallest single-use hotel in North America.
  • »Extended Stay America Offers Rooms to Patients
    Extended Stay America is teaming with the American Cancer Society to provide some 10,000 free nights, as well as another 10,000 discounted nights, in its hotels to cancer patients who are forced to travel to receive treatment.
  • »Oakwood Worldwide Expands NYC Presence
    LOS ANGELES—Oakwood Worldwide expanded its portfolio in New York with new corporate apartments at the newly renovated 25-story property called The Nash.
  • »Best Places to Stay: Travel Bounces Back
    Consultants are on the road again, at least according to the results of our annual Best Places to Stay survey.
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Book It!

  • »The Three Rules
    Earlier this year, Deloitte Consulting’s Mumtaz Ahmed and Michael Raynor published The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think. The authors set out to answer what was, in their mind, the ultimate business question—how do some companies achieve exceptional performance over the long haul?
  • »Thinking in New Boxes
    Creativity is key if you are to thrive in a time of accelerating change, according to The Boston Consulting Group’s Luc De Brabandere and Alan Iny.
  • »The Effortless Experience
    We live in a golden age of customer service, when many executives say their goal is to ‘delight the customer.’ It’s a worthy goal, for sure, but what if it’s wrong?
  • »The Solution Revolution
    What drives the social economy? What opportunities does it present for business? William D. Eggers and Paul MacMillan set out to answer these questions and more.
  • »Author Q&A: PwC's Ted Shelton
    PwC’s Ted Shelton’s book Business Models for the Social Mobile Cloud: Transform Your Business Using Social Media, Mobile Internet, and Cloud Computing, examines how the three technologies are coming together to transform businesses.
  • »Review: The Three Rules
    Why do some companies achieve exceptional performance while so many others struggle to survive? That’s the question Deloitte’s Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed—along with an international team of dozens of researchers at Deloitte—set out to answer with their book The Three Rules.
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  • 4 4 2014
    »The Next Big Thing
    Consultants are always looking for the next big thing, the innovation that will see clients storming through their gates, bypassing pesky procurement departments, and writing blank checks for the magic mousetrap that whitens and brightens and cleans windows, too.
    » More
  • 3 5 2014
    »JP Morgan and The Whale: A Parable
    After a tumultuous period of banking hyper-regulation after 2008, no one would have suspected in 2012 that JP Morgan, the world’s largest bank, had ineffective controls in place that left the company flat-footed when its “rogue” trader had taken untenable, long-term positions on Credit Default Swaps.
    » More
  • 2 7 2014
    »Optimizing Manufacturing Strategy
    Bloomberg News recently reported that GE intends to use 3D printers to produce 85,000 fuel nozzles for its newest jet engine, a significant leap for a technology that until now has largely been confined to prototyping tasks.
    » More
  • 1 8 2014
    »‘Post’-Ideological Privatizations
    We may be witnessing the start of a new wave of privatizations, which will see governments throughout Europe significantly increasing their sales of assets across a wide range of economic sectors.
    » More
  • 12 4 2013
    »Consulting Without Consultants
    Management consulting is an enigmatic business. The industry is alternately ridiculed, reviled, or revered depending on one’s perspective. The same attitudes hold true for consulting’s standard-bearers (e.g. McKinsey, BCG, Bain et al). Such conflicting opinions are distilled in two recent exposés on the industry.
    » More
  • 11 4 2013
    »The Jetsons and Cyber Security Measures
    As a child watching the animated TV show The Jetsons I was convinced they lived the ideal life. The Jetson family had technologies and gadgets used in everyday life that seemed unfathomable as I watched in the 1980s.
    » More
  • 10 8 2013
    »U.S. Healthcare Reform and Integration
    While each week in the U.S. different reports come out about key aspects of the US healthcare reform being adopted, implemented or delayed, fewer elements of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) impact are clear.
    » More
  • 9 9 2013
    »Financial Services: Shooting from the Hip
    It became rapidly clear as the economic crisis spun out of control in 2008 and 2009 that new regulations were coming, and those expectations were not disappointed. Governments around the world rose to the anger their constituents felt as jobs were lost and homes foreclosed on, and sweeping new regulations were enacted. Some were carefully thought out, but others more resembled what could best be described as “shooting from the hip.”
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  • 7 15 2013
    »Twinkies and Positive PR for Private Equity
    If you are someone who began hoarding boxes of Twinkies last year, you may have felt a bit reactionary following the recent news on Hostess. With the Private Equity buyout of Hostess, this heartening symbol of U.S. culture is returning to store shelves. Even with expertise on their side, the two firms that agreed to the buyout certainly have their work cut out for them in revitalizing the brand to its glory days.
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  • 6 27 2013
    »Back to the Frontier
    In Monty Python’s professional services world, the long-serving employees of the Crimson Permanent Assurance Company fight off the Very Big Corporation of America, then sail off in their Edwardian office building to become pirates of the “Accountan-cy.” Unfortunately for this small firm, they then fall off the edge of the world.
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