December 11th 2014

The future of global consulting.

Ralf Kalmbach, Global Head Automotive, A.T. Kearney

In the framework of the MCI Alumni & Friends lecture series, the Entrepreneurial School® welcomed Ralf Kalmbach, designated Global Head Automotive at A.T. Kearney international management consults.

In his presentation, Ralf Kalmbach, who studied mechanical engineering and business administration, described the challenges confronting the consulting industry today and stressed the need for specialized knowledge: “You have to be a specialist in your field in order to be a consultant. When analyzing change within an organization, consultants have to be on a par with their clients, and that is only possible if they have the necessary expertise in the subject involved. For Kalmbach, specialization is the key factor that enables consultants to perform as experts in their field and be successful in their work.

According to Kalmbach, the focus in the past tended to be on the analysts, but today it is more the networkers and problem solvers. What is important is to offer clients a complete package, which is why experienced senior consultants are now in more demand than ever before.

The presentation was followed by a lively discussion. The event was moderated by Professor Peter J. Mirski (Head of the Department of Management, Communication & IT).