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MBAB 5P23: Entrepreneurship

A guide to sources useful for researching and writing a business plan.


MBA students are often involved in service-learning projects, where they act as business or management consultants. This page provides additional information on the management consulting industry including:

  • what is a management consultant?
  • sources of consulting industry overviews and rankings
  • a selective list of relevant guides and handbooks
  • and tips on writing consulting reports

Note: if you have been given specific guidance on interacting with service learning clients, please follow that advice and refer any questions to your instructor or to the GSB's Service Learning office.

What is a management consultant?

  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)  profile for Management Analysts provides information on what they do, their work environment, how to become one, pay, job outlook, and similar occupations.  The good news is that the job outlook for management analysts (also known as management consultants) will grow by 11 %, 2019-29.
  • The Certified Management Consultant designation can be earned in Canada and is conferred by CMC-Canada.
  • The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants (AASBC) is a US-based organization that  "provides business consultant certification to individuals who demonstrate a proficiency in small business consulting". Learn more about their designations on the AASBC website, where you can also watch videos on the SEMP approach (simplified examination to maximize profit).

Consulting Industry: Profiles, Overviews, and Rankings

Tips on Writing Consulting Reports