9 consulting firms in best Think Tanks of the globe

17 February 2014 Consultancy.uk 3 min. read

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP), one of the leading global institutions that monitors the quality of impact of publications, has recently released its latest ‘Global Go To Think Tank Index’. The index presents the ‘best’ research organizations across a wide variety of fields, ranging from economic policy to national security and governance. The list of top 30 private-sector Think Tanks includes 9 management consulting firms.

On an annual basis think tanks produce hundreds of thousands of policy documents, reports and points of view. To come to an index the TTCSP asked more than 2.000 scholars, journalists, policymakers and think tank directors to judge the quality of publications. In addition, 1,950 functional specialists served as expert panelists. The nearly 4.000 reviewers based their scores on a large number of criteria, including volume, quality and impact of publications, the quality of employees, media reputation and access to key institutions plus leading government officials / private sector officials.

Number of Think Tanks by region

According to the organization, nearly 7.000 public sector and private sector think tanks are active across the globe. The majority of these are based in North America and Europe. Thought leadership market leaders are the U.S, followed by China and the United Kingdom. The US-based Brookings Institution can call itself the best private sector Think Tanks of the globe.

Consulting firms

In the category ‘Best For Profit Think Tanks’, research departments of consulting firms play a prominent role. At least 9 of the top 30 spots are filled in by consultants. McKinsey Global Institute – the research arm of strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Company – even finds itself on #2 spot after the British Economist Intelligence Unit. An overview of the consulting firms in the top 30, the full list can be found below:

Consultancybureaus in de top 30 Think Tanks

An overview of the top 30 Best For Profit Think Tanks:

1. Economist Intelligence Unit (United Kingdom)
2. McKinsey Global Institute (United States)
3. Google Ideas (United States)
4. EY (United States)
5. Deutsche Bank Research (Germany)
6. Oxford Analytica (United States)
7. Eurasia Group (United States)
8. Booz & Company (United States)
9. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal)
10. Stratfor (United States)
11. Samsung Economic Research Institute (Korea)
12. Kissinger Associates (United States)
13. Nomura Research Institute (Japan)
14. A.T. Kearney Global Business Policy Council (United States)
15. Deloitte (United States)
16. European House Ambrosetti (Itlay)
17. Boston Consulting Group (United States)
18. PricewaterhouseCoopers (United States)
19. The Parthenon Group (United States)
20. Bain & Company (The Bridgespan Group) (United States)
21. IHS Global Insight (United Kingdom)
22. Roubini Global Economics (United States)
23. Access Capital Research (Ethiopia)
24. Daimler Benz Future Research Unit (Germany)
25. Prioritet (Azerbaijan)
26. Wiardi Beckman Foundation (The Netherlands)
27. Kernel Development Research P.L.C. (Ethiopia)
28. SiR International (United States)
29. Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft (INSM) (Germany)
30. The Hybrid Reality Institute (United States)