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An update on all things IC - July 2017.

Dear Member,

Welcome to the latest edition of the IC newsletter, bringing you the latest updates and news on all things consultancy.

In this edition we have a strong focus on international matters including the launch of the ISO Standard for Management Consultancy Services, a last chance for you to submit your nomination for the prestigious Constantinus International Award as well as details of this year’s Urwick Prize winner.

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We thank you for your continued support for the IC and welcome any feedback you may have, please contact us via membership@iconsulting.org.uk.

Kind regards,

Ian Watson FCMI FIC
Chair, Institute of Consulting Advisory Committee


Winner of the Urwick Prize 2017: Research shows effective ways in which management consultancies can build their reputation

Urwick Prize 2017

The Urwick Prize for 2017 was awarded by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants at their Education Supper held at Armourers Hall on 6 June.

Picture shows: Noorzaman Rashid – Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, Dr Milena Mueller Santos, Professor Will Harvey, Professor Tim Morris.

The Prize is awarded for an outstanding recent piece of research relevant to management consultancy published in the UK, and this year was presented to Professor William Harvey, Exeter Business School, Professor Timothy Morris, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and Dr Milena Mueller Santos, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, for their paper “Reputation and identity conflict in management consulting”, which is published in Human Relations, a Financial Times top 50 journal.

Their research addresses the tension between how consulting firms see themselves and how their clients see them can be successfully managed through reputation building techniques. It goes on to provide practical insights into how this might be done through high quality consultant teams, demonstrating thought leadership, and by supporting clients beyond the strict terms of the contracted work.

Noorzaman Rashid, Master of the Company, said in awarding the prize:
Although we are a modern livery company, we continue the long tradition of City livery companies in supporting education. Colonel Urwick was a pioneer in the theory and practice of management consultancy and we are delighted that valuable research into the topic continues to be done, as evidenced by this excellent paper, which will be of value to all consulting businesses.

Professor Harvey commented:
We are honoured to receive this prize, which we hope will draw our research to the attention of a much wider audience and support management consultancies in the development of their businesses.

Launch of ISO Standard for Management Consultancy Services

We are delighted to announce that the ISO 20700: Guidelines for management consultancy services was published on 1 June 2017, after a three-year development project led by the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI).

View the press release.

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