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Management Consulting Services

SIC 8742 | NAICS 541610

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Management Consulting  (view report)
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Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Kennedy Information, LLC
Management Consulting
Comprehensive annual studies examine key trends and factors affecting demand for management consulting services in the global marketplace, and provides market size and growth forecasts for these services by specific focus (e.g., strategy, operations management), major geographic region, and client industry. Summary for each study can be downloaded and viewed online with registration.

First Research

Consulting Services
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Management Consulting Services  Search for above title
Comprehensive selection of reports, briefs, and studies provide in-depth analysis and forecasts for these services in the U.S. and other countries, with publications searchable by publication date, companies covered, analyst, document type, geographic region, vertical market, and publication source. Summary description and table of contents for each report are available online.

Kennedy Information, LLC
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HR Consulting Index
Comprehensive annual study examines key trends and factors affecting demand for HR advisory services in the global marketplace, and provides market size and growth forecasts for these services by service segment (e.g., HR benefits, human capital management, and HR technology and transformation), major geographic region, and client industry. Summary can be viewed free online with registration.

HR Consulting Market Index Research
Quarterly publication provides updates on market size and growth forecasts for HR advisory services in the global marketplace, and includes analysis of specific service segments (HR benefits, human capital management, HR technology and transformation, and outsourcing), major geographic regions, and selected client industries. Summary of specific focus for each issue can be viewed free online.

IRS Audit Technique Guides
Business Consultants
IRS audit guide contents include an overview of the industry and its business practices with primary focus on accounting and tax issues. Publication is available free online.

Entrepreneur Magazine Business Startup Guides
Consulting Service
Business startup guide provides an overview of the consulting business and takes users through the various aspects of starting a business in this industry and running it successfully. Table of contents and sample text for the Kindle edition can be viewed free online via's "Look Inside" feature.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Management Consulting Services  Search for "54161"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Operating Ratios Survey
Annual operating ratios survey provides information on fee arrangements, financial operations, business development costs, compensation, staffing and recruiting practices, and more, with data categorized by specialty, annual billings, staff size, typical project size, and number of domestic locations. Industry-wide report and customized company performance report are available at no cost to participating members.

Compensation Surveys

Kennedy Information, LLC
Compensation in Consulting: Data, Trends, and Projections
Comprehensive compensation studies examine key trends and factors affecting consultant compensation in the U.S. and Canada, and provide detailed current, historical, and forecast compensation data by service line (e.g., IT, HR, financial, strategy, and operations management), staff level, firm size, and geographic region. Summary for each study can be downloaded and viewed online with registration.

ERI Economic Research Institute
Consulting Salary Survey
Annual publication provides compensation data from ERI AssessorĀ®, government, and survey participant databases for executive, salaried, and hourly personnel on a national and regional level. Complete listing of job positions included in the survey and sample pages for selected job positions are accessible online.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Management Consultants
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.

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