Essentials of Management Consulting
The course is
offered for the price of $1,475 for IMC USA Members
and $1,725 for
Non-Members with an optional payment plan of three equal installments
the amount of $500 for Members and $585 for Non-Members
Please note: the number of people registered is not an accurate number
since there will be registrants from IMC Canada
Please note: If you sign up last minute, please understand your textbook takes a few days to ship and you might receive it after the first Monday meeting on September 13th
This course is offered in conjunction with IMC Canada
Essential of Management Consulting
is an entry level preparatory course
offering 12 points toward CMC certification
The Essentials of Management Consulting course focuses on three core consulting competencies:
Helping clients assess their current situation, including the business challenges and opportunities they can address to improve upon the present.
Helping clients develop strategies for growth and development.
Helping clients address change management processes while implementing recommendations.
To help you develop your strengths in these areas, the course covers:
The five stages of the consulting process and the deliverables associated with each stage.
Introduction to consulting tools and techniques used during the various stages of the consulting process especially in Diagnosis and Action Planning.
The importance of considering all six functional areas of organization management (Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Finance, Operations, Information Technology, and Marketing) during a consulting assignment.
Teamwork using Tuckman's forming, storming, norming, performing (and adjourning) model; including teambuilding tools, techniques and opportunities for both co-located and virtual teamwork activities
Client Communications, including simulated milestone presentations and meetings with a client and key written reports associated with the consulting process, and
Change and Change Management, including tools and techniques related to assessing change readiness, understanding absorptive capacity and managing change.
How Does the Course Work?
We Use A Blended Learning Approach
Using a blended learning approach allows us to use a variety of media to optimize your learning. The course consists of six synchronous (live) Internet-enabled sessions, and regular contact and assignments with your team using an Internet-enabled meeting capability available through the course. In addition, there are assigned readings, pre-recorded on-demand lecturettes and many more additional resources.
We Use a Case Study
Simulation is the most effective way to expose you to the dynamics of the client as well as many other aspects of the management consulting process. So we have organized the course around a case study, in which you and your team actually conduct a client consulting assignment, complete with deliverables and deadlines that are real. We extend the case study concept by providing some simulated interaction with the client in each phase of the consulting process.
We Do Team-Based Learning
Management Consulting is a fast-growing competitive sector at the forefront of the multi-billion dollar knowledge-based services industry. Consultants are increasingly required to work with global consulting teams and to use technology as a major tool to complete assignments. The Essentials course helps you fine-tune your collaborative skills while you acquire the knowledge and techniques needed to deliver superior value to clients.
You will be assigned to a team that works together using Internet-enabled meeting technology and electronic mail to complete the consulting assignment. You will have the opportunity to interact with other consultants, some of whom may consult in different areas of specialization from yours and/or have more or less consulting experience than you. And you will do all of this from the comfort of your home or business office or even from an office at a client site, with no travel costs or inconvenience!
You will be evaluated as a team on the case study deliverables. In addition to contributing to the deliverables, each participant will be expected to achieve 70% or greater on an individual final quiz, complete a 360 team feedback and a final course evaluation in order to complete the program.
Warning this course is hard work!
This course represents a significant commitment to learning equivalent to a second year graduate MBA course in depth and amount of material covered. Successful participants have reported a minimum effort of 3-5 hours per week on reading and applying themselves to work on deliverables in addition to weekly team meetings and the instructor course sessions.
Aside from individual effort, the course revolves around application of learnings almost exclusively through teamwork. As a team you will work through the five stages of the consulting process working on a simulated assignment which requires a series of significant consulting deliverables. Your ability to work participatively and constructively in a team with an unfamiliar group of other consultants (who will all have their own ideas on how to complete the tasks in front of you) will be a large determinant of your learning success and enjoyment of this program.
If you are prepared to work hard, you will succeed and be rewarded. Past participants have confirmed the old adage: "You get out of something what you put in to it".
What Are the Pre-requisites for the EMC?
You must have access to and working knowledge of standard Windows programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet Explorer) and the Internet.
Your personal computer must meet these minimum requirements:
Windows Operating System (9X, NT, 2000, XP)
Min. 330MHz processor, 64 MB RAM, 50 MB free disk space
Internet access (hi-speed preferred)
Headset with boom microphone
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later version preferred
In order to participate fully in the AT&T Connect iMeetings, you will need a computer headset with a boom microphone to be able to both hear and talk, just as conveniently as you would in a regular class. If you do not already own one, you can purchase one from most computer stores for about $25. Get it prior to your first class!
You will need to complete approximately three to five hours of work prior to the first class with the instructor; this includes setting up the software on your computer, taking two recorded Internet-enabled classes, reading the prescribed materials, and initiating interaction with your fellow team members.
Who Teaches the Essentials Course?
Kevin Schwenker, FCMC, principal of Schwenker & Associates, has been active in the fields of human resources development, strategic planning and marketing as a management consultant for over 20 years. He has led a wide range of multi-faceted consulting projects locally, nationally and internationally, for private, public and not for profit sector clients. He holds an MA (specializing in International Development Administration) from Dalhousie University, Halifax, and a Combined Honours BA in Economics and Political Science from Carleton University, Ottawa.
Kevin is a past-President of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Atlantic Canada, and has completed two terms on the national Board of the profession. He has international teaching and facilitation experience and is a part-time instructor in the CMC-Canada approved MBA in Management Consulting Program at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. Kevin also sits on the Academic Council of SMOT, a private post secondary management academy in Chennai, India where he will begin teaching the Essentials Program in September 2008. He has taught introductory courses for the CMC designation since 1996, and has taught the Comprehensive Exam Preparatory Workshop across Canada every fall on behalf of the profession since 2002.
Course Text and Support Materials
Course materials include:
Course Reader (included in fee)
Course fees are fully non-refundable.