LOJK10291U Introduction to Consultancy
The aim of this course is to provide the participants with an insight into consulting practice. This can prepare the students for a career where they apply their specialist knowledge in the consulting sector, or it can enable the students to apply and/or evaluate consulting approaches as specialists, decision makers, manager, or change agents in other types of organisations. We aim to provide students with a basic business understanding and personal skills that enable them to engage in the development of customer-focused and creative problems-solving processes that integrate technical, economic and social aspects.
At the end of the course the students will have:
- Express a fundamental understanding of consultancy firm management, including employer-employee relations, business strategy, and financial and operational management
- Identify critical aspects of consultant-client relationship, culture, and change management in relation to the consulting process
- Reflect about the role of the consultant and the importance of different interpersonal skills
- Reflect about different consultancy approaches and the relation between task context and choice of approach
- Critically analyse a problem situation in collaboration with a client, identify the necessary information, and develop a project proposal
- Select and apply consulting tools and approaches taking into consideration the complexity of the task, available resources, and objectives
- Apply basic project management skills in an disciplinary team context and integrate different specialists and knowledge areas in effective, goal-oriented teamwork
- Cooperate in interdisciplinary teams and contribute to the development of strategies and action plans for problem-solving in new and complex situations
- Take responsibility for and manage a task analysis and solution development process under due consideration of customer as well as employer perspectives, expectations and available resources
- Communicate, in speech and writing, a project proposal or project plan to a customer, and constructively engage in negotiating and integrating customer feedback
- Critically assess the quality of a consultant’s project proposal
- Make ethical consideration about consulting practice and reflect on code of conduct and ethical guidelines
The course will be based on scientific articles and key references on a) consult firm management, b) culture, change management and teamwork, and c) consultancy tools and approaches.
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- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentOral examination, 20 minThe oral examination is based on an individual presentation of the team’s project proposal and an oral examination in project content and course curriculum. The students are examined in the course curriculum on the basis of questions formulated with starting point in the team’s project proposal.
Individual presentation of own project 30%. Written review report of other groups project report 20%. Oral examination in project proposal and curriculum 50%
- Exam registration requirements
- Participation in the group-based project work. Project proposal and review report on another group’s project graded as 'passed'.
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
- Theory exercises
- Project work