ICMCI provides CMF Firm certificate to Dutch HR consultancy Leeuwendaal

17 May 2018 Consultancy.eu

The ICMCI has provided Leeuwendaal, a Netherlands-based human capital consultancy, the CMF Firm certificate. The status recognises the firm’s quality of organisational and HR consultancy work at clients, which according to the global consulting organ now match the highest standards in the consulting profession. 

Launched in 2013 by the ICMCI, the Certified Management Consulting Firm (CMC Firm) standard is one that is only provided to consulting firms that operate in line with the stringent CMC guidelines of the international institution. ICMCI (the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes) is a global organisation that oversees the quality and progression of the management consulting profession. The body was established in 1987 in the United States and today leads member associations in over fifty countries. 

To be certified as a CMC Firm, consultancies need to demonstrate that they deliver sustained results at clients coupled with high satisfaction, and prove that their own internal operations are up to the highest standards in the consulting industry. Further criteria to which consulting firms need to adhere include a strong reputation, an established track record (including of its consultants), and a code of conduct which promotes excellence in service delivery as well as social impact.ICMCI provides CMF Firm certificate to Dutch HR consultancy LeeuwendaalThe Chinese firm Hejun Consulting was the first consultancy five years ago to ever receive the certification, and several have since followed in Hejun’s footsteps. The latest to be added to the CMC Firm roster is Leeuwendaal, a Dutch HR consulting firm. Established in 1990, Leeuwendaal today has a team of around 170 consultants and trainers serving both the public and private sector, although the firm's focus is mainly on the prior segment (private clients are however served through the firm’s Higher & Company label). Leeuwendaal’s key offerings include human resources, leadership and team development, compensation & benefits, assessments and training & education. The firm also provides search & selection, interim management and legal services.

Commenting on the recognition from the global institute, Laurens Zwaan, a senior consultant at Leeuwendaal, said, “The CMC Firm status provides organisations globally with the guarantee that they are working with the very best in the marketplace – those that operate along the lines of high quality and ethical standards. We are proud to have been included into this group.” Zwaan adds that while the firm’s CMC certified consultants have taken the lead in pursuing the status, coming through the selection process is testimony to the quality of work of all of Leeuwendaal’s employees. “Obtaining this international certification was a true team effort.” 

The accreditation sees Leeuwendaal become the fourth consultancy in the Netherlands to qualify for the CMF Firm programme, following in the footsteps of Andersson Elffers Felix (a strategy and management consulting firm), JBR (a strategy and corporate finance firm) and WagenaarHoes (an organisation and change consultancy). All four firms are member of the ROA, which is the association for management consulting firms in the country. 

Aside from the CMC Firm status, ICMCI also has the certifications: Certified Management Consultant (CMC; for consultants); Accredited Consulting Practice (ACP; for consultancies); and CMC Academic Fellows (for professors). Leeuwendaal also holds the ACP certificate, while Zwaan himself is among a select group of only 9.000 consultants worldwide than can call themselves a CMC practitioner.

France's top strategy consulting firms in the industrials sector

09 April 2019 Consultancy.eu

A new analysis of consulting firms active in France has identified the country’s top providers of strategic consultancy services to the manufacturing and industrials sector.

Valued at around one fifth of France’s roughly €5 billion management consulting industry, the strategy consulting segment spans services aimed at clients’ most strategic challenges. Whether it relates to the development of a new corporate strategy, outlining strategic scenarios for the future, merger & acquisition support, or the transition to a new, digital-savvy business model, strategy consultants help a company's board and senior managers with designing and navigating pressing cases for change. 

France’s market for strategy consulting services is dominated by a group of leading players, consisting of large global firms, including the ‘MBB’ trio (McKinsey, BCG and Bain), a group of European-origin counterparts (led by Germany headquartered Roland Berger and UK-origin L.E.K. Consulting) and a band of homegrown challengers including the likes of Advancy, Emerton and Advention. 

According to data sourced from French outlet Decideurs Magazine, which assesses the quality of services as well as company reputation among decision-makers and consultants, McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Roland Berger and French firm Emerton lead the lead the way in strategic consulting services to industrial executives. The industrial goods or manufacturing sector spans companies that rely heavily on industrial processes for turning raw materials into products or goods, including aerospace and defence, automotive, construction, chemicals, machinery, consumer goods and textile.

The market-leading position of McKinsey and BCG comes as no major surprise: they are among the largest players in France, mirroring their global grandeur, and consistently rank in the top echelon of similar local rankings. Roland Berger’s top rank builds for a large part on the firm’s growing Paris office and Francophone leadership, groomed by the firm’s CEO himself, Charles-Edouard Bouée, a French national who is now in his second term as CEO (and the first non-German to hold the role).France's top strategy consulting firms in the industrials sectorEstablished in 2012, Emerton is a boutique strategy consulting firm that operates with a team of around 50 consultants from offices in Paris, Brussels, Boston, New York and Dubai. The privately held company works with large corporations, family businesses and technology entrepreneurs on topics such as strategy, (commercial) due diligence, market entry, economic policy, marketing & sales, and innovation.

Strategy consulting services

A group of ten consulting firms follow shortly behind the leading pack, with their breadth and depth of strategy consulting services qualified as “excellent”. Bain & Company, A.T. Kearney, Oliver Wyman, Strategy& and L.E.K. Consulting are brands that raise no eyebrows – all five are among the ten largest strategy consultancies of the world. Accenture and Deloitte both see their dedicated strategy consulting arms – Accenture Strategy and Monitor Deloitte (established in 2012 after Deloitte bought Monitor Group) – also make the cut, showing their heels to two of the other ‘big four’ players EY and KPMG.

While KPMG doesn’t have a dedicated strategy consulting arm, instead serving the market with its Deals & Growth Strategy and Corporate Finance service lines, EY has been pushing hard to build its strategic consulting services through its EY-Parthenon brand. Formed in 2014 when EY picked up The Parthenon Group, the firm has since more than tripled in size, with Europe its key growth market; particularly so in France, as well as the Benelux and Germany, as EY-Parthenon was bolstered significantly with the purchase of the local teams of OC&C Strategy Consultants. 

Three of the other excellent ranking strategy consulting firms in France have their roots in the country. Advancy was founded in 1999 in Paris, and now has offices in Paris, Shanghai, Sydney, São Paulo, London, New Delhi and Boston, and has an additional network of nine affiliate consulting partners around the world. Corporate Value Associates (CVA) positions itself as a global strategy boutique – the consultancy has over 250 advisors across seventeen offices globally, with the firm’s Paris office one of its strongholds. Mars & Co is of a similar size, but operates with a smaller number of offices with seven globally. The company was founded 40 years ago by a former BCG Director, with the “raison d'être” to serve clients in an industry segment on an exclusive basis, an approach which it to a large extent still maintains today. 

Also listed among France’s top strategic consultancies are Arthur D. Little, the world’s oldest management consulting firm; Eleven Strategy, a Paris-based consultancy that focuses mainly on digital strategy; Advention Business Partners, a group founded in 2001 with offices in Paris, London, Moscow, Munich, New York, Dubai, and Shanghai; and Estin & Co; a firm founded by alumni of BCG, McKinsey and Oliver Wyman which currently consists of some 150-plus strategy consultants based in Paris, London, Zurich, New York and Shanghai.

In another ranking of strategy consulting firms in France, based on the view of students, McKinsey, BCG and Bain surfaced as the country’s most prestigious employers.