Earlier this week, Forbes, in partnership with Statista, published its top management consulting firms in the US (link is external). As with similar studies in the Financial Times in the UK, or Capital in France, it’s based on a survey of both senior executives in industry and management consultants themselves, and covers 32 sectors and functional areas. The top-ranked firms are the ones with the highest number of recommendations across different categories. The big firms dominate, with Bain & Company and Deloitte topping the ranking with nominations in all 32 categories. In total, 229 firms make the list of top firms, writes Alison Huntington of Source Global Research...



Gauging clients’ opinions about consulting firms is difficult—we know this because we run a global research programme every year that looks into precisely the same thing. While the Forbes study gains something in having a straightforward methodology, it seems worth revisiting some of the concerns we’ve voiced previously: