The fundamental role of a management consultant focuses on providing strategic, substantial, and pragmatic advisory services to private and public businesses and organizations. Consultants utilize their deep industry knowledge, valuable experience, and analytical skills to address their clients’ challenges.The main goal of a consultant is to produce positive change within an organization. In order to do this, consultants work on the assigned project for a period of 1–12 months; the length depends on the complexity of the issue. Day-to-day duties include:

Duty Description
Problem Identification Defines the problem through management consultations, team meetings, case framework analysis, and other applicable strategies.
Conceptual Thinking Breaks the problem into small, manageable segments; identifies the factors that affect the problem; decides how to approach the project.
Research Conducts objective research on current market trends, the client’s competitors, product demands, best practices, and other related topics to support critical analysis.
Interview Interviews or facilitates focused group discussion with stakeholders, managers, supervisors, and other employees for additional data gathering.
Document Review Checks and analyzes information such as financial status, salary structure, expenditures, business flows, sales statistics, and other relevant data.
Synthesis Summarizes all gathered data and facts; deduces logical conclusions based on valid arguments.
Progress Report Attends regular meetings and reports project progress to management.
Recommendation Brainstorms, finalizes, and presents recommendations for solutions to the business dilemma.
Programs Formulation Develop strategic programs, communication plans, and other attainable change management approaches to implement desired transformations in the organization.

At all times, the consultants must maintain and promote the image of their consulting firm through quality output, excellent social interaction with employees, punctuality, and overall professionalism.For the team to produce exceptional results, members collaborate and update each other on what they are working on. As a team, they decide how to approach the problem effectively and efficiently. Every piece of information discovered is analyzed to determine how it affects their plans and goals.                                                                                                       Management consultants work approximately 50–80 hours per week. The complexity of their duties demands a great deal of time and they struggle with the never ending issue of maintaining a work-life balance. Exceeding the nine-to-five corporate schedule, consultants work overtime for their deliverables. When they get home, they allot another hour or two for checking and responding to emails in order to lessen their work load the following day.Many management consultants work at their client’s offices to obtain first-hand information, get a feel for the company’s culture, and convey their motivation and sincerity through their actions. They work off-site Monday–Thursday and report back to their home satellite office on Friday. When the client is based in a different state or country, some consultants decide to stay in the client’s location for weeks in order to beat deadlines. This can be one of the reasons why consultants complain they have less quality time for their loved ones.