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SKYLINE CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR MANAGEMENT, PLANNING & GROWTH

SKYLINE provides consultancy services in two distinct areas :

Corporate Consultancy is provided to large corporate and SMEs on areas of concern,planning and research .Studies have been carried out for CII AT Kearney, Honda Japan ,GMR, Tanishq, etc. 

Academic Consultancy is provided to Academic Institutes,Private Universities and AICTE approved Institutes on operations, academic excellence, Student development practices, Student management software and handling Best School surveys.

A consultancy assignment would span between a few days to few weeks, based on scope of engagement. Our consulting focus is to assist organization to address any specific management challenge. Our methodology would assist organizations to introspect, identify opportunities, prepare implementation roadmap and checkpoints – hand holding with required conceptual inputs, and frameworks. An indicative sample of consulting areas where we can add value:

Marketing

•    Corporate branding & image building 
•    Designing Integrated marketing communication
•    E-marketing strategies 
•    Customer satisfaction surveys

Marketing

•    Training – Need identification, skill gap analysis &  development of training plans
•    Designing Performance Mgmt system (JD, KRA, measurement, feedback).
•    Implementation of 360-degree appraisal and feedback system

Marketing

•    Study of specific sector /  industry 
•    Project report / feasibility study
•    Surveys – employee, management, supplier, customer 
•    Creating organizational and functional Balanced Score Card 
•    Designing project monitoring and control systems 
•    BPR – process improvement studies, building lean processes, adapting best practices and benchmarking
•    Analysis and refinement of  policies, systems and procedures 
•    Manuals – documentation of systems, policies, procedures

Numerous studies have recently catalogued the disruption robo-advisers are set to ring in to strategy and management consulting. Several financial services firms such as Black Rock, Morgan Stanley, Schwab and Vanguard have started using hybrid machine/adviser solutions. A report by Deloitte states that assets that will be managed by automated services will increase to between five and seven billion dollars by 2025 as opposed to the present three-hundred billion. Credit rating agency Fitch, meanwhile suggests that there will be double digit growth in this category consistently for several years from now. Research firm A.T. Kearney seconds this view by insisting that the two-billion figure will be crossed by as soon as 2021. The reasons for such exponential growth are aplenty, but key among them is the size of data warehousing now on, estimated at 10.5 ZB by 2020. A McKinsey report claims that many companies are today both investors as well as operators. AI too is growing super-fast, while tools run on the technology, are falling leading to a rise in availability. Plus, these solutions bring benefits to all kinds of companies. In order to be good at this, there are three broad approaches. They are either to develop one’s own pure-play solution, enter into a partnership with any existing provider, or to create an internal robo-advisory service.

Source:https://hbr.org/2018/01/robo-advisers-are-coming-to-consulting-and-corporate-strategy?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_monthly&utm_campaign=finance&referral=00209&spMailingID=18926386&spUserID=OTY0OTMwNTk5NwS2&spJobID=1182057884&spReportId=MTE4MjA1Nzg4NAS2

Uploaded Date:13 February 2018

A number of management principles exist advising companies or professionals to work in a certain manner. Case studies and management consulting advisories are prepared on how a company underwent a transformation when that certain practice was adopted. However, companies adopting these practices must tread caution, as anything that works in a situation, need not work replicate its success in quite another. Instead different organizations must strive to find their own recipe for success. The situation is very similar to cooking an apple pie. While the recipe and ingredients may be universally same, a lot of intrinsic factors go in making of the perfect pie.

Source:http://innovationexcellence.com/blog/2017/12/24/finding-your-silver-bullet-in-an-apple-pie/

Uploaded Date:09 January 2018

Few companies these days are willing to slug it out long term. This can be evidenced though this study conducted by management consulting market leader McKinsey. In this study, more than half the professionals surveyed, have confirmed that they would be willing to forego long-term value in order to meet quarterly targets. An even higher percentage states that this pressure has increased over the past five years. An even higher figure maintains, that pressure to financially succeed is highest at the two-year point. Companies that have a corporate strategy geared towards long-term growth have outperformed that short-termist peers by thirty-eight percent in earnings, forty-seven in revenues and fifty-six percent in market capitalization. The Economist publication however, does not agree claiming that investment in research and development is actually proportionately quite high. To prioritize long-term strategies, companies need to pursue alliances with sophisticated investors. Investors need be educated towards changing priorities and quarterly calls need be revisited. Artificial moves to meet earning targets need be avoided, especially discretionary spending.

Source:https://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/long-term-capitalism/five-fifty-going-long

Uploaded Date:13 December 2017

A study was recently concluded involving a team from the University of San Francisco and Harvard Business School on whether transparency plays a part in improving marketing returns. It started accidentally when an online retailer forgot to place the cost infographic in two of its five colour-based URLs for leather wallets. The cost-transparent wallets did better by forty-four percent. Further marketing research was conducted to establish that this was not due to other considerations, but indeed transparency leads to improved results. Transparency promotes agreement and trustworthiness, two qualities essential ahead of a negotiation. It also improves communications as customers are better informed about the products. Transparency can provide competitive edge especially if others are not following the same. A San Francisco based online clothing firm- Everlane- also adds variable costs along with images of production process. Belgian fashion retailer Honest By even does supply chain information. All may not be able to follow suit due to supplier agreements, or high R&D costs. If everyone were to follow this, it may no longer be an advantage, but simply manage to weed out those unable to do so.

Source:https://knowledge.insead.edu/blog/insead-blog/the-persuasive-power-of-transparency-7736

Uploaded Date:30 November 2017

While some management thinkers believe that corporate strategy must be devised by individual experts, others believe such ideas must be as a result of crowd-sourcing. In order to test these theories, a study was conducted by leading business publication – the Harvard Business Review. The study included 884 participants who had to suggest business strategies. Some strategies suggested were repeated, some of them several times over. These were termed the popular strategies. Others were unique ideas suggested by only single persons. They were termed as loner ones. These ideas were then put to the test. It was realized that the popular strategies generally did better than loner ones. However, the very best of the lot were also loner ideas. Thus while group think works on most occasions, for the breakthrough moments, individual expertise counts best. To do this critical thinking needs to be embraced. Also the decision- making framework needs to be broadened so as to pool a wide variety of ideas and information.

Source:https://hbr.org/2016/10/how-the-very-best-strategists-decide

Business research conducted by Oxford University presents some startling community views. More than 90% of respondents feel that number of accounting, auditing and tax preparation jobs will get completely automated thus phasing out numerous positions. Professional services firms have long been run on the imported Japanese model of Kaizen but now something new needs to be developed to stem the flow of automation. The disruption is going to be speedy over the next couple of decades. The industry needs to be clear about what products or services must best be served to clients. Also the core model for talent recruitment needs to be understood. The convergence between various industries needs to be leveraged as a competitive advantage. 

When we think of sustainability, the first thought in the minds of many, is products within a category which are devised with a primary moral and social inclination. However, the giants who operate in sustainability are those who excel at business innovation and have indeed disrupted the market. Perfect case would be that of Tesla. On the other side exists the case of Kodak who were industry leaders but have slid off primarily because they ignored the more sustainable business model of digital photography and instead continued to be loyal to print and films leading to eventual downfall. Apple seems to have taken a huge slice off that industry through their i-Photo application.

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