North Highland named a top business strategy consultancy

10 September 2019 2 min. read

Management consultancy North Highland was named a top 10 provider in ALM Intelligence’s Business Strategy & Planning Consulting 2019 report.

The Atlanta-based consultancy jumped five spots from 2018 to reach #9 in the 2019 ALM ranking, which rates depth and breadth of consulting capabilities, as well as delivery of client impact.

According to ALM, business strategy and planning consulting is aimed at setting the policy guiderails that direct the activities and investments of organizations. This key area of consulting hammers out a firm’s value proposition (i.e. where to play and how to win), allocates resources to further the value proposition, and manages strategic risks – including those related to digitization and cybersecurity.

North Highland was placed in the “challengers” category, alongside consultancies Prophet, goetzpartners, and Porsche Consulting. ALM describes challengers as generally newer organizations versus the “leaders” category composed of larger, older firms. “[Challengers] are strongly focused on the intersection of strategy and innovation and the need for more agile, design-inspired strategy management processes,” the report notes.

North Highland named a top business strategy consultancy

Nathan Simon, report author and senior director at ALM, said, “North Highland's service delivery reflects the combination of its roots in execution-oriented delivery activities with strategy and design. The firm's service delivery pivots on the two poles of a client's starting position and future outlook, with an eye to balancing future-back opportunities with today-forward differentiated capabilities."

North Highland has more than 3,000 consultants across 60 global offices, and is a member of global management consulting alliance Cordence Worldwide. The firm helps a wide range of industries solve challenges across performance improvement, transformation, technology, and customer experience.

"Our approach to strategic planning is predicated on the tenet that Strategy cannot be disintermediated from execution and results,” Michael Beldie, global strategy lead at North Highland, said. “We are honored to be recognized by ALM Intelligence in our efforts to create both impactful and differentiated results for clients. I look forward to continuing to build on our successes to help clients disrupt markets and accelerate past their competition to drive real bottom-line results."

The “leaders” category was comprised of the Big Three strategy firms and the Big Four accounting and consulting firms, except for KPMG, which was placed in the “contenders” category. BCG stayed atop the ranking for the third year in a row, buoyed by its leadership in innovating strategies and the processes used to manage them.