Through every iteration or step in its knowledge system's evolution McKinsey & Company faced resistance forces. Rajat Gupta, the managing director of McKinsey & Company, enumerated all the forces resisting McKinsey's latest evolutionary step as: the sheer amount of information, higher client's expectation and McKinsey's distributed global presence. These forces may well be hurdles for change, though I believe that Mr. Rajat Gupta disregards the most important force: McKinsey's inability to change its internal culture, and properly create a compensation structure that rewards specialists and information sharing.
The Specialists: McKinsey's Second Class Citizens
McKinsey's team structure has been evolving ever since its establishment. In 1971 McKinsey's philosophy emphasized the need for "T-Shaped" consultants – those who supplemented a broad generalist perspective with an in-depth industry or functional specialty. This philosophy was later reviewed in 1987 when McKinsey
Establishing a team structure to better leverage the captured knowledge in delivering better service to customers. Capturing consultants’ knowledge in a system that allows them to learn from it.
realized the need for a new breed of consultants – the “Specialist”. Fast...