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Consultancy Skills


Admission requirements

No particular prior knowledge is required


Consultants are the ultimate problem-solvers. Driven to find solutions for a wide range of issues related to business strategy, they advise organisations by employing broad and deep expertise in the fields of innovation strategy, business operations and change management. The aim of this course is to create a better understanding of some of the theoretical approaches to consulting, the consulting process and the tools and techniques that can be used to help organizations improve performance and become more effective. Through a variety of readings, written assignments, case discussions, exercises, and role plays, students learn the fundamentals of consulting practice. This includes diagnostic and problem-solving methodologies, planning and executing assignments. During case study discussions, students will gain knowledge in common mistakes, and ethical issues in consulting.

Course objectives

After attending the course “consultancy theory and practice” students are able to:

  • Understand the theoretical underpinning of the consulting;

  • Systematically analyse and map a problem;

  • Use diagnostic and problem-solving methodologies;

  • Generate ideas, identify solutions and assess risks;

  • Take into account change management methods and theory;

  • Write a report and deliver advice in a presentation.


The schedule can be found on the Leiden University student website

Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

During the lectures, students are introduced to innovation strategy, business operations and change management. The course is provided in collaboration with representatives from the field.

Assessment method

Team assignment (60%) and individual exam (40%)



Reading list

Literature and additional information will be available on Blackboard two weeks before the start of the course.


You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis. Check this [link]( for more information and activity codes.

There is only limited capacity for external students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator


Programme Co-ordinator: ms. Esme Caubo


Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.