Top consulting firms for thought leadership

Leveraging their deep research capabilities and insights, consulting firms are adept in creating thought leadership. Meet the firms with the best thought leadership.

Every year, large consulting firms create dozens of pieces of thought leadership, ranging from in-depth research reports and white papers to insights, blogs, video’s and podcasts. The aim of thought leadership is to inform business leaders and stakeholders by delivering insights of value to them, in the process helping consulting firms differentiating themselves from their competitors, establish themselves as an authority on a topic and indirectly establish a relationship with their readers. 

The world’s largest consulting firms create thought leadership across all areas of expertise and sectors, spanning strategy, leadership, management, organisation, finance, digital, human capital and operations, and automotive, aviation, construction, energy, financial services, government and the public sector, healthcare, professional services, retail, technology and telecom. Mid-sized and boutique consulting firms follow a more focused approach, aimed at showcasing their knowledge and expertise in their specific areas of specialisation. 

Consultancy.org keep track of thousands of thought leadership produced by consulting firms globally per year, across all domain of the landscape, and based on our unique insights, here are the consulting firms in the world that have the best balance between thought leadership quality, impact, reach and volume.

An overview of the top thought leaders in consulting:

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KPMG
KPMG international operates as a network of member firms offering audit, tax and advisory services. We work closely with our clients, helping them to mitigate risks and grasp opportunities. Member fi...
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Deloitte
“Deloitte” is the brand under which tens of thousands of dedicated professionals in independent firms throughout the world collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk managemen...
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Boston Consulting Group
The Boston Consulting Group is a global management consulting firm and the world's leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors i...
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McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm. We are the trusted advisor to the world's leading businesses, governments, and institutions. We strive for world-shaping client impact We wo...
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EY
At EY, we are committed to building a better working world — with increased trust and confidence in business, sustainable growth, development of talent in all its forms, and greater collaboration. We...
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Bain & Company
Bain & Company is one of the world's leading management consulting firms. We work with top executives to help them make better decisions, convert those decisions to actions, and deliver the sustainab...
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OC&C Strategy Consultants
OC&C Strategy Consultants is a global strategy boutique. We have more than 30 years of experience at unpicking the most complex business challenges with simple, uncommon sense. We are strategy specia...
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BearingPoint
BearingPoint is an independent Management and Technology Consultancy firm led by and owned by its partners. BearingPoint has more than 3,900 consultants and 30 offices in 22 countries and serves nati...
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PA Consulting Group
PA Consulting Group is an internationally leading management consultancy with a large variety of services in areas such as Strategy, Digital Business Design, Agile, Business Intelligence & Analytics ...
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Korn Ferry
We are a global consulting firm in over 50 countries with more that 7.500 people. We help organizations get their strategy, structure, and talent aligned. What does that mean?  We help companies desi...
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Cordence Worldwide
Cordence Worldwide is a major global management consulting partnership made up of independent Member Firms, each of which is a leader in the regions it serves. By maintaining their independence, each...
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Nextcontinent
Our “citizens” are independent  key players in their respective markets, sharing a unique entrepreneurial vision. Trust is the key word they share with their clients through this worldwide citizenshi...
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Alvarez & Marsal
Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) for leadership, action and results. Privately held since its founding in 1983, A&M is a leading global pro...
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YCP Solidiance
YCP Solidiance is a corporate strategy consulting firm with a focus on Asia, "from Dubai to Shanghai"​. We advise CEOs on make-or-break deals, define new business models and accelerate Asia growth. T...
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Analysys Mason
Global leaders in TMT management consulting Analysys Mason is the world's leading management consultancy focused on telecoms, media and technology (TMT). We give clarity and confidence in answering o...
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CIL Management Consultants
CIL is an international management consultancy with offices in the US and Europe. We help businesses grow, build value and invest wisely. We are rigorous in our approach, confident in our conclusions...
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Capco
Capco is a global management consultancy with a focus in financial services including banking and payments, capital markets, and wealth and asset management, plus a dedicated energy division. We comb...
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Horváth & Partners
Horváth & Partners are independent, international management consultants with over 900 highly qualified employees. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, we have offices at location...
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Sia Partners
Sia Partners is an international management consulting firm focused on corporate and operational strategy, with expertise in all aspects of the value chain and its supporting functions. Sia Partners ...
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DuPont Sustainable Solutions
With over 900 professionals in 40 countries, we are a proven, trusted advisor in world-class operations consulting services. We’re committed to helping our clients to protect their employees and asse...
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INNOPAY
We are a consultancy firm specialised in digital transactions. We help companies anywhere in the world to harness the full potential of the digital transactions era.  We do this by delivering strateg...
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Emerton
Emerton is one of the few global, high-standard strategy consulting firms. Our team is mobilized to bring speed to a few clients in each of the sectors we cover, both in their strategic decision-maki...
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Avalon Consulting
Avalon Consulting is one of India’s leading consulting firms with 28 years of excellence in strategy and management Consulting. Avalon serves clients across India, the Middle East, China and South Ea...
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Nous Group
Nous Group is an international management consultancy operating in 11 locations across the UK, Australia and Canada. We offer a broad consulting capability that allows us to solve our clients’ most c...
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Bright & Company
Bright & Company | People Strategy the leading strategic consultancy firm that enables you to solve issues in the field of People, Work and Organization. Together with you we realize 'irreparable imp...
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Comatch
What would it be like if every consultant could work on their own terms and if every client could find the perfect consultant without searching in a matter of hours and to a fair price? It’s the ques...
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Delta Capita
Delta Capita is a leading global financial services provider of managed services, technology solutions and consulting. Delta Capita has a unique combination of experience in Financial Services and te...
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Enigma Consulting
Your ambition, realized together! That is what we stand for. Enigma consulting has grown into a progressive knowledge center in the field of  Payments . In recent years, our service package has been ...
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Eurogroup Consulting France
Eurogroup Consulting is a Management and Strategy firm. It was created in 1982 and is of European essence. The firm is known and recognised for its interventions across all sectors, in the public and...
30.
Maine Pointe
Maine Pointe is a global supply chain and operations consulting firm trusted by many chief executives and private equity firms to drive compelling economic returns for their companies. This is achiev...
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Mazars
Mazars specializes in accountancy, tax advice and consultancy. Based on knowledge in these fields, we work for (international) companies, organizations in the public sector, SME entrepreneurs and wea...
32.
North Highland
North Highland is a global management consulting firm known for helping clients solve their most complex challenges related to customer experience, performance improvement, technology and digital, an...
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Prospectus
Founded in 1991, Prospectus is Ireland’s only independent management consultancy firm focusing on supporting organisations in the health, social care and life sciences sectors. Working across these s...
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UMS Group
UMS is a boutique consultancy firm specialized in technical and commercial asset management. Since 1989, we are helping our customers in power generation, industry, gas & electricity transmission and...
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ARCH
A pragmatic approach has been our trademark since 20 years. Our consultancy assignments are only truly completed when we have guided our clients to the preconceived result. To them, we act as a ‘trus...
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Berenschot
We assist organizations in the public sector and business around the world in solving administrative and social issues, realizing new strategies, improving performance and building and developing hum...
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CCG Catalyst
CCG Catalyst Consulting is a  global management consulting firm specialized across financial services focused on banking and fintech. The financial services industry is in a disruptive stage. The vel...
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Curzon Consulting
We are an award-winning management consultancy who deliver tangible and enduring results for our clients. The Financial Times and Statista named Curzon Consulting as one of the UK’s Leading Managemen...
39.
Elixirr
The Challenger Consultancy Elixirr is a different type of consultancy. They help their clients change the game in their industries, and are changing the game in their own. You can’t out-innovate the ...
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Eurogroup Consulting Germany
Top quality management consultancy demands excellent resources of specialist and management competence. This is required for the customer to receive the added value he should expect from using a cons...
41.
Eurogroup Consulting Italy
Eurogroup Consulting is a project founded in France in the ’80s, with the ambition to become the first management consulting group with a European breather and culture. In July 2007, Improvance, toge...
42.
Eurogroup Consulting Luxembourg
Groupe de conseil volontairement européen et indépendant, Eurogroup Consulting est un cabinet de conseil en stratégie et en organisation d'entreprise, composés de praticiens et de professionnels de l...
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Eurogroup Consulting Portugal
Eurogroup Consulting is a management consulting independent, and a founding member of Nextcontinent, an international network based on more than 55 offices in 40 countries. In Portugal, with more tha...
44.
First Consulting
First Consulting is a rapidly growing, no-nonsense consultancy organisation with a passion for operational processes. We were founded in the Netherlands in 2006, and expanded to the UK in 2017. Our g...
45.
Genex Partners
Genex Partners is an independent consulting firm based in Japan and offices across the world to assist you with global and local support via the Cordence Worldwide network. Genex was founded in 2011 ...
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GEP
GEP® delivers transformative supply chain solutions that help global enterprises become more agile and resilient, operate more efficiently and effectively, gain competitive advantage, boost profitabi...
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Gupta Strategists
You are a creative thinker and able to substantiate your ideas with quantitative analyzes. You become enthusiastic about an "unworkable" assignment, because it challenges you and puts your imaginatio...
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Matrix Consulting
What we do We interact with our clients to achieve excellent innovative solutions. We help them to take the best decisions and create the transformations that their organizations require. What motiva...
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Nexe
Nexe The Way of Change is a company specialized in change management, active in Europe and Latin America. Our mission is to back companies facing strategic development or business model optimisation ...
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Oresys
Oresys is an independent consulting firm created in 1981 and a major player in management consulting, project management and information systems. Oresys Value Statement « We are committed to support ...
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Q5
Q5 is an international award-winning consulting firm that specialises in "organisational change".  At our heart, 'Q5ers' help business leaders develop organisational strategy then implement it -- thr...
52.
umlaut
umlaut is a global, full-service, cross-industry, end-to-end company that offers advisory and fulfillment services to clients all over the world. We utilise our interdisciplinary capabilities to add ...
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Valcon
Valcon is the premium operations consulting firm in Europe, and that means that we are the champions of connecting strategy and operations and making it work. We call this The HOW. Valcon’s HOW is ou...
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Visagio
Visagio is a management consultancy that offers a different approach.  We carry out diagnoses, strategy design and organisational improvement, as well as providing support to implement and operationa...
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Zanders
We are an independent firm with a track record of innovation and success across the total spectrum of treasury, risk and finance. Our Business Values are the ingrained principles of the company and o...
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