Management consulting helps companies to solve their main problems, create higher value, accelerate growth and improve business performance. Management Consultants use their business and analytical skills to offer their best expertise and to develop skills that the company itself may be lacking. They are primarily concerned with the long term strategy, organizational structure, management and operations of an organization.
Management Consulting as a professional field in Kosovo is in the infancy phase of development. A recent capacity scan of consultants in Kosovo underlined that there is a significant need for consultation services on the side of SMEs, but effective (fully paid for) demand for business consultancy is low. The main factors hampering the demand for business consultancy services in Kosovo are businesses’ lack of awareness of their needs, lack of financial means of enterprises to make use of consulting services and a refusal of businesses to use the services of business consultants because they don’t believe that consultants can help them.
A significant share of consultants in Kosovo does not have an educational background sufficiently practical for engaging in meaningful consultancy work. Nevertheless, the majority of the surveyed business consultants as noted in the above mentioned report, have completed their education in the field of business & management on university level. But one third of the consultants do not have any specific training on consultancy.
Considering this, the Universum College has introduced the course on Management Consulting into the second year of the master studies. The aim was to promote the profession and benefits of being consultants to students. However since this course is based mostly on practicing the skills, the aim of this proposal is to develop several case studies by students that will serve as a learning material grouped into a case book on management consulting.
Students will be divided into groups of two, and a specific company will be assigned where they will conduct business diagnostics, and will propose solutions to the previously identified problems.
During the course the students will be linked to the Business Consultants Council in order to learn more about their activities and will have the opportunity to listen to two experienced consultants as guest speakers.