Management Consulting 2018

The consulting market is running better than it has for a long time. And this is already the fourth year in a row. Fueled by numerous tasks related to digitalization, by geopolitical turbulence, a sharp rise in complexity in business, politics and society, and cycles of change that are accelerating, the business of the large consulting firms is moving to ever new heights. In this dynamic environment, it is becoming more and more important – but also more and more difficult – for their clients to form an opinion about the areas in which the specific strengths and weaknesses of individual consulting firms are located.

Since 1998, our studies have contributed to enhancing the transparency of the consulting market – practice-oriented, research-based and independent. In doing so, we can rely on a network of experienced board members and executives from major German companies. Their trust and willingness to support us with their assessments and evaluations is our greatest asset. It obliges us not only to conduct research using scientifically proven methods, but also and above all to be uncompromisingly independent of all actors and interest groups.

Please note: all our studies are published in German.

Content of the study

This year, we will once again be looking at the performance and competencies of Germany’s leading management consultants from a range of perspectives – from the perspective of a board member, a budget manager and a project manager, as well as from the special perspective of DAX30 companies.

Which consultant has the greatest expertise in the consulting fields of strategic planning, digital transformation, mergers & acquisitions, post-merger integration, organization and talent management, marketing and sales, innovation and growth, operations management, restructuring and transformation, and business technology? In which of these areas do clients have the largest budgets? Which consultants are particularly present in which industries? Who has the greatest knowledge of the market, who has the greatest implementation competence? Who works best in a team, who has the best methodical, technical and analytical skills? Who has the most satisfied customers? Questions like these are answered in detail in the study. In clear charts and rankings, in which the best five consultants in each category are listed – because we want to show which consultants are rated particularly highly, but we don’t want to discredit anyone.

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Who took part?

The study involved 1,032 managers from major German companies with an annual turnover of at least half a billion euros – including 136 managers from DAX30 companies. The data was collected in writing from May to July 2018 using a standardized questionnaire and supplemented by telephone and personal interviews. 235 respondents gathered their experience with consultants as board members or managing directors, 412 as budget managers and 341 as project managers.

Conditions of purchase

The main volume of the study, in which the overall results, the special view of the DAX30 companies and the perspectives of board members, budget managers and project managers are presented on 992 pages, can be obtained from our Institute. In addition, supplementary volumes are available for the five sectors financial services (172 pages), chemicals and basic materials (170 pages), consumer goods and retail (168 pages), automotive (173 pages) as well as telecommunications, media, IT and high-tech (172 pages). Please note that the industry volumes cannot be obtained individually, but only together with the main volume of the study. The study will be delivered in electronic form as a PDF file by e-mail.

If you are interested, please send an e-mail to studien(at)