Noted for strategy and client capability development, PwC brings transparency to the process, per ALM’s report
PwC was named a leader in the ALM Vanguard of Portfolio and Capital Strategy Consulting, maintaining a consistent position since the previous report, published in 2014.
Nathan Simon, author of the report notes, “With its “capabilities-driven strategy” perspective and tools, PwC stands apart for its ability to make transparent the differentiated combinations of people, processes, technology, and know-how that yield competitive advantage. This helps client teams get beyond the numbers and align on how investments actually get operationalized.”
Twenty-one companies were studies for this report. Of PwC strengths, Simon states, “In a highly underserved area of portfolio and strategy consulting, the combination of PwC’s real-world “capabilities-driven strategy” approach with its workshop-based service delivery contribute to enduring client capabilities in terms of both hard skills and mindsets and behaviors.”
Examining PwC’s approach, Simon states, “PwC Strategy&’s consulting approach is fundamentally about basing resource allocation decisions on a strategic logic. This logic, what the firm calls Capabilities-Driven Strategy, holds that good resource allocation decisions depend on two factors. One is the relative integration of strategy with execution…The other is knowledge of where the company is generating economic profit.”
He goes on to look at PwC’s delivery model, noting, “PwC Strategy&’s service delivery starts with a mix of external market and internal capability assessments designed to elucidate a client’s differentiated capabilities and the economic performance of its businesses... The next phase consists in designing an optimal portfolio based on the combination of economic profitability and strategic value.”
Nick Hodson, Partner at PwC Strategy&, said of the accolade, “We are very pleased to be named a leader in the area of Portfolio and Capital Strategy Consulting. At Strategy&, we focus on capabilities-driven deals and investments because we have found that those produce significantly better results. We work with our clients to determine the optimal portfolio and investment strategy based on fit with their differentiating capabilities and help them become even better at what they do best.”
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