Management consulting takes the linkages uncovered by the system assessment relating to objectives, processes, behaviors, and resource values; and forges them into a value generating chain that allows the organization to act effectively and efficiently on opportunities that actually achieve desired outcome(s). In short, it encompasses planning for all the organizational processes identified as opportunity areas and identifying the necessary knowledge, skills, tools, and training to ensure a seamless integration of planned initiatives into core operations to produce transformational change. The four main areas of focus for management consulting:
- Upstream Initiatives – green procurement and supply contract (re)negotiation;
- Mid-Stream Initiatives – pre / post-consumer collection and contamination reduction;
- Downstream Initiatives – material marshaling and outbound logistics/technologies, and
- System-wide Initiatives – program management (e.g. messaging, marketing, sponsorships/partnerships, monitoring, continuous improvement).
Institutions have a multitude of key constituencies such as (but not limited to): procurement, hospitality, residence/housing, senior leadership, operations, grounds/horticulture, risk management, architecture/planning, and patrons/residents that need to “buy-in” and “commit” in order to have a chance to achieve anything more than marginal gains. Management consulting refers to the activities related to developing, gaining buy-in, and solidifying commitment to act on a plan from the key stakeholders. The product is a strategy that aligns objectives, design requirements, and protocols into a plan, which is refined through feedback from all relevant stakeholders into fully formed initiatives.
WASTE REDUCTION AND SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS