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March 25, 2020 18:53

A (Radical?) Proposal for Sharing Information and Helping Each Other

WhoKnowsAbout helps large organisations to buy management consulting services, based on our detailed map of the expertise in the consulting industry. As we all move to working from home and companies wind back activities to preserve cash, we don’t think there will be much demand for our services in the next few months.

March 9, 2020 - Image: Timo Volz

Corporate Knowledge Mapping: Knowing What You Know

Most companies have systems which provide detailed information about their key operating assets – the state of their equipment, the volume and age of their inventory, etc. But when it comes to their ‘most important asset’ – their people - few companies have a detailed understanding of the skills and expertise that reside in the organisation. Many organisations have invested in Human Capital Management systems but the data in these systems is often incomplete, out of date and provides only limited insight into the specific skills and capabilities that each employee offers.

April 22, 2018

WhoKnowsAbout - Submission to the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit

Submission to Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit - Inquiry based on Auditor-General's report No. 19 (2017-18)

New Australian-developed technology can help the Federal Government increase the return achieved on its ongoing investment in Management Consulting services, while allowing smaller Australian companies to compete more effectively for Government purchases.

November 24, 2017

Hidden Gems – Boutiques and Independent Consultants

The consulting company with the deepest pool of talent in the world doesn’t exist. It’s the collection of independent consultants and small boutiques scattered around the world, all operating independently.

October 24, 2017

Specialists: The Right Consultants for the Task

While many of the larger firms in the consulting industry seek to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for clients, offering a broad range of services, there are others who only aim to be very, very good at a few things.

October 10, 2017

WhoKnowsAbout: Big4 (Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and EY)

Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC are the world’s four largest professional services firms and are often collectively referred to as the ‘Big 4’.

October 1, 2017

WhoKnowsAbout: MBB (McKinsey, BCG, Bain)

For many, three companies – McKinsey & Company, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Bain & Company, often referred to as MBB (for their company initials) - represent the ‘three peaks’ of the Management Consulting industry.

September 26, 2017


If you could only hire one management consulting firm, that firm would be Deloitte.
In the WhoKnowsAbout global management consulting capability ranking, Deloitte is the top ranked firm overall.

September 25, 2017

Improving Returns from Management Consulting Investment (Part B)

In part A of this post I observed that the returns achieved on management consulting projects are often disappointing, with more than 70% of projects assessed as not creating value for the client organization.

September 20, 2017

Improving Returns from Management Consulting Investment (Part A)

In 2015 I published an article (What are the 'hurdle rates' for management consulting projects?) that asked what rate of return managers were expecting when they invested...

September 11, 2017

Release of the WhoKnowsAbout site - Global competence ranking of management consulting companies

We are pleased to release the WhoKnowsAbout global competence ranking of Management Consulting companies.

April 11, 2017

WhoKnowsAbout: the Management Consultant Search Engine

Despite the scale of the Management Consulting market – about $250 billion of sales annually – corporate purchasing practices in this sector are surprisingly casual. Managers often rely on their...

April 11, 2017

What are the 'hurdle rates' for management consulting projects?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how companies buy management consulting services. This has led me back to a slightly more fundamental question as to the economic incentives that underpin the decision to buy these...