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...
2
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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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...
5
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...
7
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...
8
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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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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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...
15
Analysys Mason
Our consulting and research expertise in telecoms, media and technology underpins everything we do to help change our clients’ businesses for the better. Analysys Mason is a global consultancy and re...
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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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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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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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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 an independent business and technology consultancy. Getting it done We’re achievers;  Our partners and consultants are seasoned professionals who have worked at senior levels in compl...
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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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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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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...
25
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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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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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...
28
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 ...
29
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
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...
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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...
32
Innopay
INNOPAY: Innovation experts in Payments, Digital Identity & E-Business INNOPAY consultants are innovation experts in the areas of payments, digital identity and e-business. Digital technologies chall...
33
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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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...
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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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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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Sionic
Sionic is a global consulting firm. Our focus is on change and we specialise in a unique blend of business and people performance. We are agile, independent and hold a straightforward philosophy – th...
38
Trianz
Trianz enables digital transformations through effective strategies and excellence in execution. Collaborating with business and technology leaders, we help formulate and execute operational strategi...
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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...
40
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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