SOURCE: Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory

Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory

September 01, 2010 14:28 ET

A Shift in Global Consulting Firms' Competitive Positioning

Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory Evaluates Top Performing Consultancies, and Identifies Crucial Upsets Along the Way

PETERBOROUGH, NH--(Marketwire - September 1, 2010) -  Few consultancies survived the downturn of the past two years unscathed. The top-of-mind question is: Who fared best? New research from Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory, "Global Consulting Marketplace 2010-2013," has the answer.

In the overall ranking of the largest consultancies, there is evidence of a significant shift in competitive positioning among IBM, Accenture, CSC and Capgemini. Also of great importance: the top performer in terms of 2009 growth actually ranks 20th overall, and grew 15-30% faster than each of the top five ranked firms.

"Global Consulting Marketplace 2010-2013" identifies other significant market shifts via targeted rankings of consulting firms segmented by consulting service area, including: Strategy Consulting, Business Advisory Services, IT Consulting, HR Consulting, and Operations Management Consulting. And, all signs indicate that similar variations in growth rates will persist in the years ahead. Kelly Matthews, Associate Director of Research, Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory, says, "Going forward, consulting firms cannot rely on concrete differentiation alone to ensure financial success. With our analysts forecasting nearly flat growth in client spending through 2013, these firms will have to really stretch to meet their target growth."

Proprietary market data and analysis in "Global Consulting Marketplace 2010-2013" goes so far as to say that present circumstances dictate a growth strategy centered on taking share. Matthews continues, "We expect significant M&A activity to show up in 2010 results. As firms work to innovate their delivery model to steal share from their competitors, we will see the big get bigger, a growing population of boutiques thrive... and mid-market significantly narrow."

Kennedy's highly-anticipated annual research, "Global Consulting Marketplace," is a trusted resource among the world's leading consultancies, providing definitive market sizing, demand forecasts through 2013, and key trends segmented by: consulting service area; geographic region (Asia Pacific; North America; Europe, Middle East, and Africa; Latin America); and client industry (Communications and Media, Manufacturing, Consumer Packaged Goods, Utilities, Energy, Public Sector, Financial Services, Retail, Healthcare, and Other).

Among the firms featured and profiled in "Global Consulting Marketplace 2010-2013" are: Accenture, Alix Partners, Alvarez & Marsal, Aon, A.T. Kearney, Baker Tilly, Bain & Company, BDO International, Booz & Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, The Boston Consulting Group, Capco, Capgemini, Charles River Associates, Crowe Horwath, CSC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, FTI Consulting, Grant Thornton International, Hewitt Associates, Hitachi Consulting, IBM, KPMG International, Mercer, McKinsey & Company, Oliver Wyman Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Roland Berger and Towers Watson.

About Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory

Since 1970, Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory is the world's leading source of market analysis on the Management and IT consulting industries, serving the most prominent professional services firms and Fortune 500 companies across the globe. Kennedy's stand-alone advisory unit, Kennedy Information Advisors, provides results-oriented strategic guidance to buyers and sellers of consulting services.

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