The consultancy module is normally taught in the second semester after the successful completion of modules such as marketing, operations, finance, strategy, leading and managing people and statistics.
The initial consultancy skills sessions provide students with an understanding of the consultancy process and tools. Working in groups, students will then undertake a consultancy project for a client company. These client organisations will be typically medium-sized companies or not for profit organisations looking to address particular issues in HR, marketing, strategy or operational areas.
Typically the project takes place over a 6 week period. During this period, Westminster Business School lecturers provide additional workshops and tutorial sessions.
In April MBA student teams made their final presentations to the senior management teams of their client company. The projects were all challenging and required students to apply all that they have learnt to address the issues outlined in the demanding client briefs.
“All of the managers were extremely impressed not only with the quality of work produced but also the professionalism of our students especially as a number of the projects were dealing with high-pressure, high risk business ventures” reported Guy Faulkner, the module leader of Consultancy Skills after the final presentation took place.
It is not only the client companies who recognise the value of these projects, current student agree that even though the projects involved a lot of hard work, they are very rewarding too. As Cristina, an MBA student from Germany reflected, “through this project, I can appreciate how much I have learnt from the MBA – not only knowledge but also the communication, leadership and the other softer skills which are so essential for delivering high quality work!”
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