Consulting Project

2018-2019
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Doel vak

By following the course, you will advance knowledge and skills both from
an academic perspective and from a practical perspective: From an
academic perspective, the course provides students with theories,
knowledge and tools to critically reflect on and to learn from their
experience working as a management consultant in a real consulting
project. From a practical perspective, the consulting project provides
students the opportunity to acquire practical knowledge working as a
management consultant and to gain practical experiences in a field
setting. By being involved in all stages of the consulting project
students can gain an “end-to-end” experience they may not have in their
early careers in the consulting industry.

Consulting skills/Knowledge skills: You will acquire hands-on knowledge
about all stages of the consulting project (e.g., problem analysis,
developing advice) in a real-world setting.

Academic skills: You will learn theories, knowledge and tools to reflect
on and to learn from your experience working as a management consultant.

Social skills: You will develop skills related to interacting and
communicating with other consultants in a consulting team. You will also
learn how to interact and communicate with clients. Finally, depending
on the consulting project and the dynamics in the team, you can also
acquire skills in conflict management and resolution.

Inhoud vak

Students will work in consulting teams on a real consulting project. The
team members will be responsible for all parts of the consulting project
starting with the entry stage (first contact with the client) up to the
termination stage (final report or presentation). Each team will be
supported by an academic advisor who will help the students to
critically reflect on and make sense of their experiences as a
management consultant. Also, students will attend lectures that provide
knowledge and skills related to the consulting experience and the
critical reflection of the consulting practice.

Onderwijsvorm

Lectures
Project work

Toetsvorm

Project performance – Group assignment
Essay – Individual assignment

Vereiste voorkennis

It is strongly recommended that students who aim to participate in the
Consulting Project have attended other courses in the Management
Consulting master programme, particularly Management Consulting a Humnan
Perspective, Second Opinion Writing, Organization Development and
Change, and Business Model Development.
It is required that each team has a client organization that is ready to
receive them in the beginning of January. The agreement with the client
organization must be signed until December 1; otherwise, the team cannot
participate in the consulting project.

Literatuur

The reading list will be announced prior the start of the course.

Overige informatie

For any question please contact Dr. Jost Sieweke (j.sieweke@vu.nl)

Algemene informatie

Vakcode E_BA_CPROJ
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P3
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit School of Business and Economics
Vakcoördinator dr. J. Sieweke
Examinator dr. J. Sieweke
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