I am trying to figure what you do as a "real" strategy consultant and what you need to know, and in the end: Could Strategy consulting be what im looking for.
I am interested in the pure (my definition might not be 100% correct but I hope you get what I mean when reading further) strategy parts and have some alternatives that, to me, looks really interesting. Since I do not want to take the wrong course by mistake I hope some people in here might be able to provide some info.
Options im looking at (FYI i have already an advanced degree as well as 4 years of consulting work):
1. Advanced level studies in analysis and solving of Complex Problems (borders with game theory). - I would love working with things like this. e.g What is the best course of action for organization X, given various parameters, settings, timeframes etc.
2. Advanced studies in Strategic Management. Market entry best options, etc etc, the usual stuff. - This also sounds really interesting. Perhaps a bit too "common" background but certainly very useful courses.
3. Advanced studies in Marketing. - To me, the strategic parts of this are also highly interesting.
1. If I love working with helping organisations decide the best course of action to take given all known and unknown parameters, would strategy consulting be for me?
2. In the strategy consulting performed by "pure" strategy consulting firms, do you need deep knowledge of corporate financials (e.g MBA'ish studies)? Or would e.g the solid problem solving skills be valuble and enough.
2. Would you advice studying problem solving etc and then learn whatever financials needed on the job or vice versa. Or any other option.
I reckon i'm more of a "analyse the world and the company and the logic of the problem and come up with a best trajectory to align with" instead of "analyse the financial figures and come up with the best way to ensure future improvements".
Thankful for any suggestions, comments and insights.