The Managing Partners’ Forum has revealed the 2015 winners of its annual MPF Awards. 25 different awards were handed out to 20+ professional services firms, including four active in the management consulting industry: BDO, Capgemini Consulting, Deloitte and Grant Thornton.
Every year the Managing Partners’ Forum (MPF) – an independent body that aims at growing the maturity of the professional services industry and fostering collaboration between firms – organizes the ‘MPF Awards’. The Awards are an integral part of the MPF International Management Excellence Summit, in association with Harvard Business Review and Financial Times. This year 25 awards were handed out, across five main categories.
The winners of the 2015 edition of the MPF Awards were announced earlier this month at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square. The winners span a broad range of professional services firms, including accounting firms, law firms, management consultancies, real estate advisors and architects. With three awards BDO leads the pack, coming on top in the categories ‘Best strategic leadership’, ‘Best managed national firm’ and ‘Best financial management’. Capgemini Consulting, the management consultancy unit of Capgemini, won the award for ‘Best performing brand’ in the consulting industry, while Big Four advisor Deloitte and Norton Rose Fulbright won the award for the accounting and legal landscape respectively. The ‘Best programme for leadership development’ award went to Grant Thornton.
Best Consulting Brand
In the case of Capgemini Consulting, the jury* recognized the firm for the quality of its digital transformation research programme. In recent years, the consultancy has significantly boosted its thought leadership efforts, the result of among others the bundling of internal expertise into research units, the up scaling of research quality and a number of high-profile research partnerships (e.g. MIT, Altimeter Group). The enhanced focus has made an impact – according to a recent thought leadership ranking from analyst firm Source Capgemini currently rates #2 in quality of thought leadership, up from #15 two years ago, ahead of big names in the industry such as BCG, Deloitte and McKinsey. In October last year several key findings in the digital arena were bundled in the book ‘Leading Digital’ a co-creation between Capgemini Consulting and MIT.
“ We are honoured with the prize. It recognizes our goal to deliver high-quality, leading expertise. The Digital Transformation Research Institute of Capgemini Consulting plays an instrumental role in fulfilling this objective. The unit is the key provider of the unique research reports and expertise used to support our clients globally”, comments Cyril Garcia, CEO of Capgemini Consulting. Garcia was last month appointed head of Capgemini Consulting, succeeding Xavier Hochet, who led the business for the past two years.
* The jury panel consists of high-profile advisors and academics from Europe, North America and Australia, including MCA Chairman Alan Leaman and academics from Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School and Westminster Business School.