Management Consulting & Strategic Decision Making

Course Code
LPPS 3559
Brendan Boler
Assistant Professor
David Lapinski
Director of Employer Relations and Experiential Education

This course is designed to help students attack complex and ambiguous problems like a strategy consultant. The immersive, case-based course will give students the skills and confidence to navigate complex business problems and facilitate discussion around the psychology of decision making in teams.  During this program, students will learn a hypothesis driven structured problem-solving approach used by many top strategy consulting firms and apply this approach to mock case interviews and a live consulting project with a real-world client. Paired with the Career Center’s Propel Project-based learning program, students will have the opportunity to apply their problem-solving skills to a case provided by a real-world client.  During the project, each student team will be assigned an alumni mentor who currently works in consulting that will serve as a coach throughout the course and project.  The capstone event of the course is a final case competition where teams of students present their strategic analysis and recommendations to a group of alumni leaders.  (Enrollment restricted to 2nd and 3rd year students.)

Course Objectives:

  • Familiarize students with what consultants do in practice
  • Demystify the networking and case interview process and help students gain confidence for interview season (and beyond) 
  • Give students experience with hypothesis-driven problem-solving approaches
  • Provide students with tactical skills necessary for consulting success
  • Help students avoid the most common pitfalls of new consultants
  • Individually improve students’ core skills in data analytics using excel and data driven storytelling using power point and storyboarding for consulting
  • Give students a sense of the roles and responsibilities of members of a consulting team
  • Have fun and take chances in a risk-free environment!