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LLLC3972 Management Consultancy

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: David Gilding

Taught: 1 Sept to 31 Jan View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS3850Contemporary Management Consulting

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The rise of management consultancy during the last two decades of the 20th century is one of the key success stories of the contemporary business world. Given the pervasiveness of consultants and their services in the contemporary economy as well as the problematic nature of their involvement (not to mention the significant rewards that this occupation offers to its members), it is therefore increasingly important that students come to terms with both the principles of management consulting as a specific activity and also the structure of management consultancy as a specific market and occupation. This module will introduce these management consulting principles and structures to you, both as potential future consultants and/or as purchasers of consulting services.You will engage in developing your digital skills by researching for your written assignment, preparing for your presentation task and communicating with other students in your group online.


The aim of this module is to equip students with the theoretical knowledge, competencies and tools to design and deliver management consultancy interventions. This module will look at the important and, at times, problematic role of management consulting and consultants in contemporary business and society; the challenges in organising and managing management consultancy firms; and the different roles performed by management consultants for their clients.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
-Critically assess the principal academic theories, dominant market practices and popular conceptions of management consulting and management consultants
-Evaluate and discuss how management consulting may affect business performance and survival
-Critically assess a range of key consulting methodologies, skills, and services, to develop a structured approach to managing consultancy interventions
-Outline the distinctive challenges of organising and managing management consultancy firms, including an understanding of ethics in relation to consultancy
-Evaluate the practical application of management consulting in various business settings
-Demonstrate technical accuracy in written and verbal communication skills expected within a professional or work based context

Skills outcomes
As part of this module students will develop a range of digital literacy skills. Further details are provided in the module handbook.


The content will cover areas such as:
- History and overview/profile of the sector/industry
- Consultant-client relationships
- The consulting life-cycle
- Consulting approaches, methods and tools
- The art of consultancy: skills and techniques
- The management of consultancy projects
- Deliverables, report writing and presentations
- The ethical side of consultancy
- Consultancy and change management

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.50
Total Contact hours19.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading 81.5 hours
Critical reflection on practice 39 hours
Assignment preparation 20 hours
Assignment Writing 20 hours
Group presentation preparation 20 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through regular workshops, monitoring of student contributions and the staged submission of formative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words50.00
PresentationGroup presentation 30 minutes50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/12/2018


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