Johnson students who seek consulting career paths participate in our Consulting Program as well as one immersion, an intense, performance learning-based study of an industry.
By doing so, students marry their interests in consultancy with other specific, functional career disciplines – and gain both consulting skills as well as deep understanding of a specific industry. This ensures a combination of both breadth and depth of knowledge related to the myriad business problems consultants will solve throughout their careers.
Under the direction of our Consultants-in-Residence, Randy Allen and Nate Peck, Peter Balnaves, Scott Bearse and Hernan Saenz, the Consulting Program is comprised of:
- highly structured training sessions
- real and simulated consulting opportunities
- rigorous coursework
- extensive case analysis
- exposure to top-tier, global consulting firms as well as boutique shops
- access to Cornell alumni who actively engage in case practice, interview preparation, and recruitment of Johnson students
Our program provides structure to gaining necessary consulting skills and networking opportunities while preparing students for a wide range of consulting career options. Students also focus in consulting if they plan to pursue internal strategy roles or serve as consultants later in their careers.
Management Cases and Problem Solving Process for Consultant Courses
Complex and ambiguous challenges epitomize business today, and we bring those challenges directly into the classroom for students to analyze. Examples can be seen in two rigorous and comprehensive courses: "Management Cases" for first year students and the "Problem Solving Process for Consultants" for first and second year students.
The Management Cases course features intense analysis of 8 – 10 real-world cases that require students to analyze, structure, and present business problems and accompanying solutions. Students propose their findings as if they are presenting to a CEO and his or her team of executives, and receive feedback on both presentation skills and content. This course is offered to and taken by students from all immersions, except Capital Markets & Asset Management and Investment Banking. Students also meet some executives from companies profiled in cases as well as consultants from top tier and boutique firms.
Management Practicum Course
The Management Practicum courses provides an opportunity for students to solve real business problems for companies both in the U.S. and globally. This course, along with others that comprise the Consulting Program, bring our focus on performance learning to life.
Management Practicum courses are designed for students to apply the knowledge they are gaining to real business issues faced by Fortune 500 companies. Serving their clients, students work in teams (supported by an advisor) to solve problems and deliver operational solutions rooted in deep analysis. Our students have consulted on many different projects in diverse industries, including the broad areas of strategy, operations, finance, and marketing.
In addition, the immersion courses offer opportunities to solve real business problems as well. These problems may be a a Kaizan at plant, marketing, sustainability, etc.
With a strong focus on both breadth and depth, students develop their individual analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills, among others. This starts with each student’s completion of the Core Curriculum during the first semester first year and builds with consulting courses, the depth of the immersion program, and real consulting opportunities.
Like the many cases we study that demand interdisciplinary solutions, we too require students to gain a diverse set of skills, knowledge, and experiences that can be applied throughout their consulting careers.
The skills our students develop equip them to:
- Solve business problems with a CEO perspective
- Develop and defend a fact-based, cogent set of recommendations
- Communicate effectively and efficiently
- Analyze, structure, and present business problems, along with answers to those issues
Real Consulting Opportunities
Students can also participate in BR Consulting, a student-run organization that provides consulting services to real clients. While the organization focuses on serving local and regional clients, it has worked with clients in locations around the world – and is highly focused on delivering practical solutions relevant to today’s marketplace for each client.
A Sample of Consulting Firms Recruiting Here
Recent consulting students completed MBA internships and have gone on to work full-time with prestigious consulting firms. Some examples include:
- Bain & Company
- Booz & Company
- L.E.K. Consulting
- McKinsey & Company
- Oliver Wyman
- The Boston Consulting Group