|Website:||website containing additional information|
|Period:||period 1 (week 36 through 45, i.e., 3-9-2018 through 9-11-2018; retake week 1)|
|Participants:||up till now 24 subscriptions|
|Schedule:||Official schedule representation can be found in Osiris|
|Contents:||The learning goals for the course are formulated as follows:
* Learning about the theories of advisory, consultancy industry, types of consultancy businesses, steps in consultancy lifecycle, consultancy career and ethics in consultancy.
* Acquiring consultancy skills such as interviewing stakeholders, collecting evidences and analysing them, writing project proposals and advice reports, training others, presenting your results.
* Executing a real project assignment in which newly learned skills and theory are applied.
* Managing interactions with multiple stakeholder expectations; i.e. collaborating to satisfy the needs of real clients, coaches and supervisors.
|Literature:||Calvert Markham & Joe O’Mahony (2013). Management Consultancy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.|
|Course form:||Lectures and supervision meetings by the course coordinator, lectures by students on the book chapters, lectures on ICT Advisory industry and workshops on advisory skills by guest consultants, and a team project assignment to be conducted at a consultancy company for one of their clients and with the coaching of a consultant.|
|Exam form:||Deliverables from the project assignment are evaluated for the final grade of the course. Please see the additional website for detailed information, since this is just to give you an idea.
* Student lecture
* Intermediate and final deliverables
|Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:||Om aan de aanvullende toets te mogen meedoen moet de oorspronkelijke uitslag minstens 4 zijn. More details on the additional website.|
|Description:||The advisory discipline is an established industry and employs hundreds of thousands of people. Advisory is best described as “creating value for organisations, through the application of knowledge, techniques and assets, to improve business performance. This is achieved by through the rendering of objective advice and/or the implementation of business solutions” (Markham & O’Mahoney, 2013). Giving advice is not limited to a particular industry and can be found in any industry and on many different topics such as taxes, business strategy, marketing, ICT etc. Logically, the focus of this course is on giving ICT advice but to a variety of industries.
In this course we address ICT advisory from four different perspectives: Descriptive, Practitioner, Critical, and Career perspective. These will be addressed in the lectures of the course and are based on the book that is prescribed for this course. Some of these lectures are delivered by the students themselves, as part of learning how to present and how to provide training. Besides the theory you will be practicing your consultancy skills in the skills workshops. Skills include for example presenting, analysing and writing. Each of the workshops will be provided by a different consultancy company that is based in the Netherlands and concerns a mix of small, medium and large consultancy organisations. Finally, you will practice skills and theory in a project where you have to advise a real client. In this project you will work in teams of three students, where the client that you will be working for is provided by one of the consultancy companies. During the project you will produce a number of intermediate deliverables and the end deliverables are an advice report and a presentation. The deliverables will be graded and are part of your grade for the course.
Several consultancy companies will be participating in this course by providing guest lectures, skills workshops and projects at their clients. At the same time, you also learn more about the different types of consultancies as we have a nice mix of small, medium and large consultancy companies that participate.
Registering for this course (DO NOT register yourself through Osiris)
Since you will be working for real clients we only expect motivated students to subscribe and therefore we ask you to write a (professional) motivation letter (max 1 A4 including letter head and signature) that should be addressed to the coordinator, Sergio España, by mid April. As an appendix, you should enclose a signed statement that says that you will invest the 210 hours that equal the 7,5 ECTS awarded for the course. Write “[ICTA] Application by your_name” as the email subject and include your student number in the message text or signature. By sending the letter you will be considered as a candidate to take the course. The coordinator, along with other department members, will select a number of students based on (i) the quality of the motivation letter, (ii) the prior MBI courses taken and their grades, (iii) the amount of consultancy projects that have been acquired and how well they match the background of the applicants. You will be informed of the final decision in July.
Later in the course you might be asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in which you declare that you will handle in the best interest of the client and will not disclose any information you get from the client. But, please, consult with the coordinator before signing any NDA since we will want to assess it first (you are expected to act responsibly but we also want to protect you from abusive clauses).
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