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Academic Initiative Comes to Fruition

Posted By David T. Norman FIMC CMC-AF, Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Some Great News to Share:

Our Academic Initiative, ably led by your Board member, Manola Robison, is now official.  Georgia State University's (GSU) J. Mack Robinson College of Business is offering adult students, through their Executive Education program, the Nation's first, Certificate of Management Consulting.  (see the link at:  As important is the fact that they have already established a Student Chapter IMC on campus, which is aligned with the Georgia Chapter.

Here are some of the their words: "The Certificate Program in Management Consulting covers the best-in-class theories and practices for professionals who want to prepare themselves for a career as an internal or external management consultant. The program content is benchmarked against the Institute of Management Consultants USA’s Consulting Competency Framework. IMC USA is the certification body and professional association for management consultants in the USA and a member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI)."  GSU's brochure can be found at:

So what does this mean for you, our members?

1.  The material for this effort (the Certificate of Management Consulting) has been developed by primarily by Don Scellato and Manola Robison and is licensed by IMC to the Schools and Colleges of Business.  Our work is now recognized by academia and forms the coursework, exposing early stage consultants to IMC's competencies, ethics and professionalism.  The five-day course itself is taught by a combination of professors and CMCs.

2.  The adult students/executives going through the five-day course will, of course, have the certificate and will be publicizing it with employers, friends and family.

3.  The Student Chapters will bring vitality and energy to the Chapters (along with increased membership) and increase the connectedness within your community of like-minded professionals.  And, as a member of IMC, they subscribe to our Code of Ethics, as all of our members do.

4.  The brand awareness of both IMC USA and the CMC will be enhanced, and potentially building a new pipeline into our certification process.

And, it is, after all, about branding!

So, what can you do?

Embrace this initiative.  Then go to your local School or College of Business or even your own school elsewhere in the U.S.  They, too, may be interested [Note: at the time of this blog, we have some 12 other schools in some form of conversation with us, much of this already driven by members.].

We have supporting material available for your use -- Program Overview, Sample Letter of Intent, Code of Ethics, and our Competency Framework.


Thanks to many for bringing this Academic Initiative to fruition in about a year, but mostly thanks goes to Manola Robison, for her dogged determination and persistence, and to Don Scellato, the master of the curriculum and his untiring efforts in rewriting our Essentials course.

Stay tuned,

My best,


Tags:  Certificate of Management Consulting  Certified Management Consultant  CMC  Executive Development  Georgia State University  GSU  IMC  J Mack Robinson College of Business 

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Michael E. Cohen CMC MBA says...
Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Very interesting and impressive. Is the course to be given in five consecutive full time days? Is that the only way the course can be given and the certificate earned?

It raises another question. How amny courses in management consulting are there in degree programs in undergraduate or graduate business programs around the country. When I was completing my MBA at GWU in the late 80s and early 90s, there was talk of suhc a coursem and I think GW may have developed such a course subsequently.

But whether connected toi a certificate or degree program, the above news is certainly positive for IMC.
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Mark Haas CMC FIMC says...
Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Course brochure provides more of the particulars. See
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Michael E. Cohen CMC MBA says...
Posted Thursday, February 9, 2012
It looks impressive, Mark. It looked like there were about five instructors- professors at the university and practioners, including yourself. Are all five (or whatever number were listed) going to teach the initial class? Who is the leader or coordinator?

What is your target audience, e.g., students at the university, practioners in the area, practionwers out of the are, etc?
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Deborah A. Smith CMC says...
Posted Thursday, February 9, 2012
Intrigued also to hear more...
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