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LLLC3985 Management Consultancy

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: George Zifkos

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 May View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

LLLC3986Management Consultancy
LUBS3850Contemporary Management Consulting

Module replaces

LLLC 3972

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to develop your understanding of the rise of management consultancy as a profession, during the last two decades of the 20th century. Management Consultancy 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 you develop you knowledge of 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. The module will also provide an introduction to business analytics perspectives and techniques that can be used to support an evidence-based approach to management consultancy interventions.You will engage in developing your digital skills by researching for your written assignment, preparing for your briefing task.


The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a theoretical and practical 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. The module will also provide an introduction to business analytics perspectives and techniques that can be used to support an evidence-based approach to management consultancy interventions.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. -Critically assess the principal academic theories, dominant market practices and popular conceptions of management consulting and management consultants
2. -Evaluate and discuss how management consulting may affect business performance and survival
3. -Critically assess a range of key consulting methodologies, skills, and services, to develop a structured approach to managing consultancy interventions
4. -Appraise the role of analytics techniques in the solution of management problems.
5. -Evaluate various business analytics approaches and tools on consultancy interventions.
6. -Demonstrate technical accuracy in written 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:
- Consultant-client relationships
- The consulting life-cycle
- Consulting approaches, methods and tools
- The art of consultancy: skills and techniques
- The management of consultancy projects
- Application of statistical tools to analyse real business problems
- Evaluation and interpretation of the results of data analysis
- Deliverables and report writing

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 Briefing paper 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
Essay2,500 words50.00
Written Work2,500 words briefing paper and outline PPT50.00
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: 09/05/2022 16:33:44


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