Chapter 11. Leaders - Exemplary Foresight Practitioners and Organizations

Internships that Can Involve Foresight Work – A Starter List

Organizational foresight leaders and previous leaders (“prev.”) are listed below in bold, where known. Check LinkedIn Advanced Search, using org name and relevant foresight terms (strategy, foresight, forecasting, design, innovation, scenarios, etc.), org site search, (site:domainname searchstring) and general Google search to find current and past foresight leaders at each org. Use multiple negatives to eliminate urls or terms you don’t want, and use quotes to get exact phrases, like “strategic foresight” and “future of”.

Company Distinguishing Strength What Company Wants Locations
A.T. Kearney Superlative strategy service 3rd-4th yr college; MBA? Italy, Northern Europe,etc.
Accenture One of the world’s largest (152,000+) 3rd-4th yr college & 1st-2nd yr MBA on-site around the world
Advisory Board Company Big-name healthcare specialists 3rd-4th yr college; MBA Washington, DC
Alvarez & Marsal Turnaround! ~ ~
Analysis Group, Inc Independent assessments and economic “Analysis” (serious economists: “perpetual students”) ~
Aon Consulting Worldwide Premier human capital and management early, rotational, and direct development programs ~
Bain & Company Strategy: “a slightly different angle” 3rd-4th yr college & 1st yr MBA: “high degree of enthusiasm/motivation” nearly all offices (30+)
BearingPoint Inc. Management & technology; public company ~ ~
Booz Allen Hamilton Giant–private and government–worldwide “best and brightest” MBA & advanced degrees many local offices
Boston Consulting Group Management consulting–generalists ~ ~
Cambridge Associates LLC Financial & investment advice to institutions: universities; nonprofits; pensions; governments ~ ~
Capgemini Technology and outsourcing: “collaborative” ~ ~
Cornerstone Research Complex litigation support; testimony: “where lawyers go for counsel” 3rd-4th yr college: “summer analysts”; 1st-2nd yr MBA or PhD candidates: “summer associates” select offices in the US
Corporate Executive Board Membership network; research sharing options: client support; website; corporate finance London, UK
CRA International, Inc. Disputes between giants, public and private ~ ~
Deloitte Consulting LLP Returning from trouble to financial health ~ ~
Diamond Mgmt & Tech Consultants “Best technology consultants” ~ on-site
First Manhattan Consulting Group “All senior executives at major financial institutions” 3rd-4th yr college mostly NY; some in Melbourne
FTI Consulting, Inc Rescue specialists; litigation support and prevention ~ ~
Gallup Consulting People-centered deep research background 3rd-4th yr college:accounting;; development; technical projects; MBA or PhD candidates: World Poll internship (not consulting) Omaha; Princeton or Washington DC
Hewitt Associates Human Resources “trailblazer” ~ ~
Huron Consulting Group Financial/operating “rescue services” ~ ~
IBM Global Services Big Blue: from computers to services ~ ~
Katzenbach Partners LLC Megaclients; executives; nonhierarchical MBA for “summer associates”: curiosity, multidisciplinary, leadership; “sustained record of achievements”. Highly selective. NY, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco
Kurt Salmon Associates Retail/health care/corporate financial 3rd-4th yr college; MBA? ~
L.E.K. Consulting Finance/strategy/leisure market/biotech ~ ~
LECG Legal testimony/litigation support ~ ~
Lippincott Branding; “customer experience mapping” 3rd-4th yr college & 1st-2nd yr MBA; brand identity OR retail practice ~
Marakon Associates “Elite, boutique” strategy Relatively small number: 3rd-4th yr college & MBA London, NY, Chicago, San Francisco, Singapore
Mars & Co Exclusive loyalty to select clients ~ ~
McKinsey & Company “The Firm”–most desirable employer ~ ~
Mercer HR Consulting Human Resources–largest firm 3rd-4th yr college & 1st-2nd yr MBA on-site “attend all sessions”
Monitor Group Financial/strategy ~ ~
Navigant Consulting, Inc. Helping companies navigate through change 3rd-4th yr college “summer associates”: engineering, economics, finance US, Canada, and the UK
NERA Economic Consulting Economic analysis and advice; litigation ~ ~
Oliver Wyman Three companies in one intelligent, analytical, and highly motivated ~
Parthenon Group Small/selective/loyal/strategy 3rd-4th yr college & 1st-yr MBA: “extremely selective” on-site
PRTM “Innovation” (for senior executives) ~ ~
Putnam Associates Health care strategy: pharmaceutical & biotech ~ ~
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Powerful German strategy firm; political 3rd-4th yr college “internships”; MBAs “summer associate positions” Troy, Michigan
Towers Perrin HR/benefits/pensions; financial; catastrophe risk management ~ ~
Watson Wyatt Worldwide Human Resources: global 3rd-4th yr college & 1st-2nd yr MBA; depends on practice & office on-site around the world
ZS Associates Sales Territory innovators; academic atmosphere 3rd-4th yr college: “business analyst interns”; 1st-2nd yr MBA: “summer associates” Paris and Frankfurt; all locations

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