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Introduction
An international group of
leading academics and
practitioners.
Who combine both thinking
and doing, so as to ...
CONTENTS
Introduction
Who we are
What we do
How we do it
Where we are
Management
Senior Consultants
Areas of expertise
Our...
INTRODUCTION
Management consulting firms
have traditionally provided
strategy consulting services in
such area as strategy...
Already, we span 15 countries
across 4 continents, and the
unique way we operate means
that The Braintrust Network can
bri...
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Marketing and Go-to-market
Strategies: Create and control
effective customer interactions from
initial ...
HOW WE DO IT
Braintrust Network follows a
proprietary three stage process
designed to channel attention,
time and effort t...
David Weir, MA (Oxon)
Professor of Management, Liverpool Hope
University, UK
Fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation
Exp...
OUR EXPERIENCE
Results are everything to
Braintrust Network and our
consultants have delivered them
consistently in many m...
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The Braintrust Network delivers Enhanced Management Consultancy. We take consultancy to a new level and provide clients with a better service, delivered at less cost and with added value. Our unique structure and approach delivers specialist knowledge from everywhere in the world to clients anywhere in the world. In addition our proprietary process, which uses creative and critical thinking throughout, ensures that clients get optimum results.

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The Braintrust Network - Firm presentation

  1. 1. Introduction An international group of leading academics and practitioners. Who combine both thinking and doing, so as to provide a unique content driven consulting service for businesses and not-for- profit organizations on the real-world issues affecting their performance. Enhanced Management Consultancy
  2. 2. CONTENTS Introduction Who we are What we do How we do it Where we are Management Senior Consultants Areas of expertise Our experience IN SUMMARY Braintrust Network delivers Enhanced Management Consultancy. We take consultancy to a new level and provide clients with a better service, delivered at less cost and with added value. Our unique structure and approach delivers specialist knowledge from everywhere in the world to clients anywhere in the world. And our proprietary process, which uses creative and critical thinking throughout, ensures that clients get optimum results.
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION Management consulting firms have traditionally provided strategy consulting services in such area as strategy, human resources, change management, programme management, financial management, operations, business process re- engineering, economic and environmental issues, marketing and corporate communication, however, it is the successful application of strategic thinking that is the ultimate test of consulting success and yet most consultancies generally stop well before they are exposed to the ‘acid test’ that is the implementation of their strategic recommendations. We understand that clients need and want an end-to-end service that includes oversight or project management of implementation and even, when necessary, outsourcing, so that’s what we also do. We call it ENHANCED Management Consulting. Add this enhanced service to an approach designed specifically to achieve the best end result for the client and you get BETTER management consultancy. It’s better because 1. It ensures ‘joined up thinking’ throughout the whole process, from the very beginning to the very end, so the expertise of the consultants is incorporated into the whole process; 2. The ‘integrity’ of the crucial strategic thinking is protected and gets successfully applied where it is really needed which is when it is implemented; and 3. The strategic thinking itself is better because it is developed with its subsequent application clearly in mind. So, WHO are The Braintrust Network, WHAT do we do, and HOW do we do it?... In today’s world, staying ‘one step ahead’ is the difference between success and failure. We help clients address the key challenges and opportunities they face. We sell forward thinking and the practical advantage of it, today. We offer improved performance and a competitive advantage. We help organisations in the public, private and social sectors. We are focussed, ingenious and innovative. We provide an ‘enhanced’ consultancy product and help clients stay ‘one step ahead’.
  4. 4. Already, we span 15 countries across 4 continents, and the unique way we operate means that The Braintrust Network can bring clients ANYWHERE in the world, immediate access to the very best expertise and experience from EVERYWHERE in the world. WHAT WE DO Braintrust Network’s enhanced end-to-end service delivers unrivalled expertise and practical experience in depth (and breadth) across the Technology, Finance, Organisation, Management and Marketing disciplines – to ensure our clients get the end result they want from a consulting service, and the ADDED VALUE they need in today’s economic climate. Like all international consulting services, the purpose of Braintrust Network is to HELP organisations survive and thrive in an ever more inter-connected global economy; to help them address the most pressing challenges and issues they face; to help them improve their overall performance; and to help them identify and develop competitive advantages. But unlike other international firms, The Braintrust Network does not suffer from a common problem. A common problem with other international consultancy services is the source of their expertise and its ‘distance’ from the time and place where it is actually needed. As a result that expertise, which is the ‘raw material’ of what consultancies sell, is essentially ‘second hand’ by the time it gets to the client and therefore potentially diluted or out of date when it does, which can mean it’s either not effective or simply poor value, or both! The Braintrust Network solution is to operate as a network and give clients the benefit of direct access to the experts wherever they are in the world – that way, what the client gets is ORIGINAL thinking from the experts themselves and, more importantly, it is genuinely specific to the client’s individual needs which is vitally important because no two organisations are the same, and no two organisations have the same problem. Moreover, because Braintrust Network is an independent network of independent thinkers, we are not influenced by a corporate policy to push our own products and services – pre- determined answers to pre- determined problems is not what we sell – and that is why we believe we give clients better consultancy i.e. more INDEPENDENT advice, with greater depth of service and better value. WHO WE ARE The quality of any consultancy service depends primarily on the quality of the consultants providing it. Braintrust Network is a high quality, high end management consultancy that leverages a WORLD CLASS group of senior academics and industry professionals located around the world. Together, they combine thinking and doing to provide an enhanced, content-driven consulting service for business, not-for-profit and public sector organisations on the challenges and real-world issues affecting their performance, and their future. Our growing number of expert consultants are all proven performers and provide an unparalleled level of specialist knowledge spanning all major industries, sectors and functions
  5. 5. AREAS OF EXPERTISE Marketing and Go-to-market Strategies: Create and control effective customer interactions from initial contact through to fulfilment. Financial Innovation: Access to capital and investment with the emphasis on entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and IPO. Service Excellence: Increase consumer satisfaction and sales through an emphasis on front-line service quality. Human Capital Development: Leadership & Management Development Training that emphasizes the critical difference between managing things and leading people. Organisational Transformation: Deliberate, organization-wide strategies to enhance a company’s effectiveness and sustainability. Knowledge Management: Methods through which organizations create value from their intellectual and knowledge-based assets. Lean and Agile Manufacturing: Focus on company organization, manufacturing processes, hardware/software technologies and Customer/Supplier relationships. Business Sustainability and CSR: Ensuring organisations and companies are able to deliver profits to their owners while respecting the broader demands of society and outside stakeholders. Corporate Communication: Helping organizations and companies talk the same language to all stakeholders in order to ensure operational coherence, credibility and trust. Within these service areas we have many products specifically designed to achieve objectives, for example: Covering strategy, management, marketing, operations and technology, our comprehensive list of services covers a myriad of industries and expertise. Our propriety products leverage thought leadership and best practice to ensure best results. Total Service Quality: In today’s ever more competitive world, service industries are faced with stagnant or declining market share, service companies need to focus relentlessly on improving the quality of the services they deliver and the perceived value offered to their customers. Total Service Quality (TSQ) is a unique Braintrust Network concept that enables our clients to achieve higher quality service and greater value for their clients and their stakeholders. Braintrust Re-Start: As companies develop, expand, grow or change it is all too common that they lose strategic focus. Organizational realities such as expanding bureaucracies and procedures slow down decision- making and increase complexity. Braintrust Re-Start is our unique approach to strategic renewal. We emphasize three strategic qualities that companies need to leverage and energize in order to increase value: focus of its top management, ingenuity of its people, and innovation of its products, services and processes. Braintrust Re-Start identifies and improves the areas most vital to a company’s value creation potential. Global Market Edge: Entering into new markets or expanding further into existing markets is a crucial element of a successful business strategy. Companies can enter markets in opportunistic ways – learning as they go along, recovering from mistakes and eventually getting in right but wasting precious time and resources in getting there. From a comprehensive global market opportunity assessment to country potential analysis, Global Market Edge delivers vital knowledge on the risks of countries for potential entry as well as offering industry specific knowledge tailored to the specific needs of our clients.
  6. 6. HOW WE DO IT Braintrust Network follows a proprietary three stage process designed to channel attention, time and effort to where it is most needed. Each stage is characterised by the nature of the attention it requires for optimum results and these have become the attributes by which we define our service; Focus, Ingenuity and Innovation. The process begins with a thorough understanding of the client issue or challenge and all related issues during the ‘problem discovery’ stage; it progresses to the ‘idea and rationale building stage’ where all the acquired information is evaluated and the conclusions are drawn; it ends with the ‘recommendations and actions’ stage, which we can then continue to help implement. Through a process of distillation of information, we FOCUS our attention on arriving at a pivotal point where, based on a deep understanding of the situation and the objectives, we use our INGENUITY to generate the ideas on which the practical solutions, incorporating real INNOVATION, are implemented. It is a unique process driven throughout by both creative and critical thinking, not just the recycling of out-dated, so-called, best practice. WHERE WE ARE Our network is expanding rapidly. More markets are being added on a continuous basis to ensure that our consultancy is the best and most insightful in the world, and that knowledge from everywhere can be delivered to clients anywhere. Austria Bulgaria China Estonia Hungary (Head Office) Italy Latvia Lithuania Poland Russia Singapore South Africa Ukraine UK USA
  7. 7. David Weir, MA (Oxon) Professor of Management, Liverpool Hope University, UK Fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation Expertise: Inter-cultural management with special expertise in the Middle East, Leadership and strategic change Paul Garrison Founder, Garrison Group Expertise: Go-to-Market Strategies Sectors: Banking, FMCG, Beverages William Wang, PhD Professor of Management, Euromed Marseille, Shanghai, China Andrea Tracogna, PhD Professor of Strategy, MIB School of Management, Trieste, Italy Expertise: Agile Manufacturing, Go-to- Market strategies Sectors: Coffee, Banking and Insurance Tom McDaniel Senior Lecturer, CEU Business School, Budapest, Hungary Expertise: Agile Manufacturing Sectors: Automotive, Beverages Heather Elms, PhD Professor of Strategy, Kogod School of Business, American University, USA Expertise: Human Capital Development Tomasz Ludwicki, PhD Professor of Management and Strategy, Warsaw University, Poland Expertise: Agile Manufacturing, Go-to- market Strategies Sectors: Banking/Insurance, Retail, Pharmaceutical, Media/Entertainment Luigi Wewege Businessman, Entrepreneur, South Africa Expertise: Management Sectors: Sports and Entertainment Franco de Angelis Businessman, Entrepreneur, Beijing Expertise: Go-to-market Strategies Sectors: FMCG Jean-Michel Viola Professor of Management, CEU Business School, Budapest, Hungary Expertise: Knowledge Management, Human Capital Development Sectors: Banking, Pharmaceutical, Energy, Biotechnology, SME Miroslav Mateev, PhD Professor of Finance, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria Expertise: Financial Innovation Sectors: Banking and Insurance, Public Sector Finance Richard Mischak, PhD Professor of Strategy, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria Expertise: Go-to-market Strategies, Knowledge Management Sectors: Automotive, Banking, Information Technology, Transportation Check Teck Foo, PhD Professor of Strategy, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore Expertise: Knowledge Management Sectors: Biotechnology, Public Sector Sergey Gvosdiov, PhD Professor, Goldratt Schools Ukraine, Kiev Expertise: Theory of Constraints, Supply Chain Management Sectors: Banking and Insurance, Food, Pharmaceutical Nick Barcia, PhD Adjunct Professor of Economics, Baruch College, New York City, USA Expertise: Finance and Risk Management Sectors: Financial Services, Capital Markets Alexander Onyshchenko Managing Director, Due Deal Advisors, Ukraine Expertise: Merger and Acquisition, Due Diligence, Business Restructuring Sectors: Commercial non-banking Jan Smolarski, PhD Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Texas, USA Expertise: Financial Innovation Sectors: Information Technology Our team of consultants is located in markets around the world. All experts and proven performers in their own right, our growing list of specialist consultants can be accessed individually or collectively as needed. MANAGEMENT Philip Bell (Managing Partner) Expertise: Go-to-Market Strategies, CSR, Communications Sectors: FMCG, ITC, Finance, Automotive, Media, Tobacco & Alcohol Yusaf H. Akbar, PhD (Partner) Professor of Management, CEU Business School, Budapest, Hungary Expertise: Service Excellence, Human Capital Development Sectors: Automotive, Airlines, Telecoms, Not-for-profit SENIOR CONSULTANTS Anthony Salati Managing Director, Braintrust Institute Expertise: Management, Human Capital Development, Motivation & Leadership Sectors: Sport, Professional Services, Public Sector John Branch Senior Lecturer, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA Expertise: Go-to-Market strategies Sectors: Automotive, Beverages, FMCG, Telecoms Yahia Zoubir, PhD Professor of Cross-Cultural Management, Euromed Marseille, Shanghai, China
  8. 8. OUR EXPERIENCE Results are everything to Braintrust Network and our consultants have delivered them consistently in many markets and across many industries. Working on projects for clients such as: AEGON Hungary Aksana Anheuser-Busch BBC BCR (Erste Bank) British American Tobacco British Telecom Bumar Cargill Citi Venture Capital Coca-Cola Colgate Palmolive Arabia CONTACT To discuss any requirements, or for further information about Braintrust Network, please contact: Head Office: 1013 Budapest Pauler út 62 Hungary www.braintrustnetwork.net contact@braintrustnetwork.net Continental AG Edscha Slovakia Cabrio-Dachsysteme Ericsson Evosoft GANT Central Europe Heidelberg Cement Hydro Quebec Mercedes Benz Meriam Michelin National Bank of Canada National Instruments Nestlé OMV Oracle Plastkov-BTV PRAKAB SAB Miller Braintrust Network is a trading name of Trust Communications and Consultancy Kft. Registered office: 1013 Budapest, Pauler út 12, Hungary Sun Life Symantec TNK Volkswagen Slovakia World Bank

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