Digital Consultancy Project


Course Objective

After following this course you will have learned to:
- Follow a structured approach to develop solutions for complex real
life problems as external consultant (“bridging theory and practice”).
- Interact effectively with stakeholders in a client organization
(“professional/social skills”)
- Effectively structure and present your results for different audiences
(“professional/social skills”)
- Be able to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses for a consulting
career (“reflective practitioner”)

Course Content

Many students pursue a consulting career after graduating from the
Digital Business & Innovation programme or work on internal consulting
assignments within established organizations. This course will help you
to develop consulting approaches and skills by learning from experienced
In parallel to the course you will work on a solution for a real life
problem of a specific organization. To participate in the course, you
need to arrange access to an organization yourself. Usually, this can be
the organization where you do your master thesis project because the
course is to be followed in parallel to your master thesis project and
can be completed at the end of your master thesis project.
Whereas your master thesis project aims for a contribution to generic
knowledge in the field of digital innovation, this consultancy
assignment aims at developing a solution for a specific organization and
will be assessed separately.
The course will teach you basic skills with regard to setting up a
consulting project, addressing a problem, and communicating with a
client organization. The course will consist in a set of generic
lectures and exercises and interactive feedback sessions that are
supportive to your individual work on your project.

Teaching Methods

Students will take part in in-class exercises and discussions,
facilitated by experienced consultants. These sessions can have the
format of a workshop. In parallel students will independently work on
their assignment for the organization, for which they will deliver an
individual deliverable.

Method of Assessment



M.G. Baaij (2014). An introduction to management consultancy. London:
SAGE. ISBN 978-1-4462-5613-8.

Target Audience

This course is only open for students in the Digital Business &
Innovation specialization

Additional Information

Students need to gain access to an organization where they can define a
consulting project before starting the course. As a condition to be able
to participate in the course, they need to have this organization and
project assessed by the course coordinator. Only upon timely approval by
the course coordinator, students are allowed to take part.

General Information

Course Code E_BA_DCP
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. S.A. Rijsdijk
Examiner dr. S.A. Rijsdijk
Teaching Staff dr. S.A. Rijsdijk

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture