Case Analysis: Mckinsey & Company- Managing Knowledge and Learning

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Company’s background: McKinsey & Company is a privately owned management consulting firm that focuses on solving issues of concern to senior management in large corporations and organizations. Known among its employees simply as "The Firm" McKinsey & Company was founded in Chicago in 1926 by James O. ("Mac") McKinsey. McKinsey was a professor at the University of Chicago who pioneered budgeting as a management tool. Marshall Field's became a client in 1935, and soon convinced James McKinsey to leave the firm and become its CEO; however, he died unexpectedly in 1937.

Today McKinsey has over 7,500 consultants in 90 offices across 51 countries. They help solve strategic, organizational, operational and technological problems, for some of the world's largest organizations. Clients include three of the world's five largest companies, two-thirds of the Fortune 1000, governments and other non-profit institutions. McKinsey also performs pro bono engagements for a number of charitable organizations and government agencies worldwide. 'Forbes' estimated the firm's 2005 revenues at $3.8 billion in its list of largest private companies.

Company Intent To be the global leader in consulting industry, provide expertise consulting service to the worldwide clients.

Company Mission
To help the clients make positive, lasting, and substantial improvements in their performance and to build a great firm that is able to attract, develop, excite, and retain exceptional people.

Key issue
This case discrbed the development process of McKinsey&Compay from 1926 to 1996. In particular, it focuses on the way in which McKinsey has developed structures, systems, processes, and practices to help it develop, transfer, and disseminate knowledge among its 3,800 consultants in 69 offices worldwide. Concludes by focusing on three young consultants operating in each dimension of the firm's organization--the local office, the industry practice, and the firm's competence center. So,

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