To meet the economic and social challenges of the citizenry around the world, governments must transform the way they think, organize, and execute. We help federal, state, and local governments improve their efficiency and effectiveness, enabling those to better fulfill their missions to the public sector. We help design and implement large-scale strategies that promote economic development and inclusive growth. We offer global experience and relationships, a network of talented people, distinctive expertise and capabilities, and sustainable purpose-built methodologies.
We collaborate with government leaders to achieve higher lifecycle returns for their capital projects, in less time and with greater predictability, by moving from traditional activity-focused project management to a capital program management approach for end-to-end delivery strategy.
Our global research on budgeting and tax administration is informed by insights from our network of leading public finance experts and helps government agencies measure their performance, understand best practices, and take action to achieve monetary health.
Our rscholarship identifies areas in need of reform and proposes specific solutions with the goals of: improving the performance of the national government; informing debate; and providing policymakers with expert analysis and ideas to ensure better institutional governance.
Optimism on Wall Street. Energy markets face major uncertainties. Will growth in renewables hit technical limits? What role will shale gas, nuclear power, and coal play in meeting future energy needs? How will the spiraling consumer demand in China and India affect the supply of global fuel and materials? We help generators, energy companies, investors, and regulators to understand shifts in the fuel mix and wholesale market structures and capture opportunities while mitigating risks.
We help private companies and public sector organizations make better and more informed strategic decisions through a deeper understanding of the evolution of industrial power markets; and technological developments. Supported by experts in technology and capital markets, our teams work closely with clients to develop and interpret scenarios, benchmark performance against industry peers, and strengthen capabilities for managing market uncertainty. Continue reading...
An Executive's Guide to Software Development. At a time when public finances are under strain, governments must deliver new services and improve existing ones, while operating more efficiently and with greater transparency. Technology is at the core of addressing these challenges. From big data to mobile and social media, the 21st century has ushered in a variety of innovative technologies that can help governments better serve their constituents. Our strength lies in our unique ability to marry a client’s strategic project management vision with the operational and technological initiatives necessary to actualize that vision, including IT infrastructure consolidation, application rationalization, IT megaproject value assurance, and lean IT management.
Smarter Schedules, Better Budgets: How to Improve Operations. The organizations we work with are complex. Our clients are seeking solutions that break down silos, bridge the gap between systems, and consider all of the elements that contribute to the challenges they face. Only a few are looking for stand-alone solutions that work independently of the enterprise. Furthermore, organizations are seeking solutions that are proven to positively impact their outcomes. Building capabilities translates directly into performance improvements on the individual and organizational level. Our approach includes building targeted capabilities and then guiding individuals to translate what they have learned into their daily work processes to solve business problems more effectively.
We have deep functional and industry expertise as well as breadth of geographical reach. We work with our clients as we do with our colleagues. We build their capabilities and leadership skills at every level and every opportunity. We are passionate about taking on immense challenges that matter to our clients and, often, to the world.
Design-to-Value Engineering and Feasibility Studies. We bring a unique combination of project-development and financing expertise, relationships with key stakeholders, and proprietary tools and data that enable us to serve as trusted partners to governments and investors. Our project-development work is focused on helping to bridge the current gap between infrastructure investment and needs by convening the right parties and working collaboratively to establish viable, bankable infrastructure projects. Our project-development work is focused on helping to bridge the current gap between infrastructure investment and needs by convening the right parties and working collaboratively to establish viable, bankable infrastructure projects that investors can be confident in. We use several flexible models to help our clients match projects to financing and develop projects and pipelines, including establishing partnership models with our clients.
Creating Value through Sustainable Design. Offering everything from a single source requires intense cooperation among our contracting divisions. Our team includes a diverse group of leaders in architecture, engineering, construction, cpm scheduling, field supervision and estimating, to name a few. Our ability to self-perform key construction activities enables us to set the tone and pace for construction, control project costs, and establish standards for quality and safety. Additionally, having a firsthand knowledge of the effort required to self-perform work allows us to more accurately schedule work and manage production. Continue reading...
Fashion, Apparel, and Beauty. As the role of the brick-and-mortar store evolves, retailers will continually have to refine how they use their real-estate. Over the course of the next decade, the global face of the consumer industry will change dramatically. Retailers need more than a good deal to make a sale and keep loyal customers coming back. A winning position requires superior strategy, attractive merchandising, efficient operations, targeted marketing, a robust organization, and reliable technology. We help clients understand, anticipate, and act decisively to align their businesses with the trends and forces shaping the global economy.
Developing any customer journey requires input from many areas. We believe in a fully-integrated design-build approach that combines design, construction, business strategy, and technology as the core of any working group. These functions should work together to make decisions, ensure that the designed journey aligns with the business strategy and delivers value, and keep the client experience at the forefront. We systematically apply design-to-engineering and design-to-market principles. Our design-build capability generates efficient design and construction efforts while supporting the delivery of innovative, functional, and architecturally significant structures. With joint ownership in both the architecture and engineering entities, this service allows us to collaboratively approach projects as a whole with our designers and builders and work in partnership throughout the life of a project. Continue reading...
Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure. Engineering and construction projects—multibillion dollar investments—often require once-in-a-lifetime commitments of resources and capital. Yet, eighty percent of mega projects exceed budgets and schedules. The consequences for both owners and contractors can be disastrous. For owners, overruns not only affect their bottom line, but also lead to squandered business opportunities and compromised credibility. On the other hand, contractors who exceed budgets and schedules erode resources, profits, and perhaps most importantly, client trust. In our experience, carefully planned mega projects can succeed, if both parties’ objectives and incentives are properly aligned and communicated, and when best practices for project delivery are consistently applied.
Our Infrastructure Practice serves both owner teams and contractors. We help clients plan, execute, and in some cases, rescue multibillion-dollar mega projects. Our business acumen, on-the-ground experience, and comprehensive knowledge of functional topics—such as organizational effectiveness, lean execution, supply-chain management, and risk management—uniquely positions us to support all entities involved in megaprojects, public- and private-sector project owners, investors, and contractors.
Federal Real Estate and Facilities. The US Federal Government's facilities and real estate portfolio is amongst the largest and most diverse in the world, ranging from research labs to secure defense installations. The US General Services Administration (GSA) reports that Federal agencies occupy 273,000 buildings (92% owned) for a total 2.8 billion square feet and approximately $27Bn annual spend in annual operating cost. These facilities are critical to delivering on their respective agency missions.
We apply our knowledge of program and project management to help clients design optimal public building and spaces. We support clients in aligning architectural design and public use objectives with capital and operational expenditure budgets. To ensure the long-term relevance of buildings, we advise clients on the strategic use of materials and on design, expansion, accessibility, and sustainability techniques. Drawing upon extensive experience in capital-intensive projects, our consultants use proven tools and best practices—such as pre-fabrication and innovative contract structures—to build client capabilities and safeguard the long-term success of a project. We apply innovative techniques to ensure safety, security, and health regulations are met. We help clients control investment and facility management costs, while maintaining high-quality buildings with long lifecycles.
Fostering Sustainable Agricultural Practices. We tackle deep-rooted challenges such as sector competitiveness and productivity, food access and availability, smallholder farmer livelihoods, and climate change and resource scarcity. We work closely with governments, donors, foundations, and businesses to design and implement holistic programs that transform the way agricultural systems operate. In addition to our work on strategy, design, and implementation, we help set up and accelerate public/private partnerships, support individual value-chain projects and food reserve strategies, and tackle questions on organizational and strategic topics for donors and foundations.
We apply our expertise in agribusiness, supply-chain management, infrastructure, and large-scale transformations to create models for sustainable agricultural development that attract private, public, and social investment and can be scaled and delivered effectively. These models include regional “breadbaskets,” infrastructure and logistics corridors, and dedicated agricultural economic zones or food hubs.
Specialty Metals, Minerals, and Aggregates. We bring deep insight into every significant mining commodity, including coal, iron ore, precious metals, bauxite, potash, copper, and other base metals. We offer objective perspectives rooted in knowledge and analysis, and work in close partnership with our clients to translate strategies and solutions into bottom-line impact at speed and scale. We offer our clients unique insights on supply, demand, trade flows, and future prospects for all major mining commodities. We publish extensively on these topics and are core participants in the world’s major mining conferences. We also collaborate with global institutions, mining associations, and policymakers to help shape the industry’s future.
Aviation and Airport Authorities. Market liberalization demands new solutions from rail freight companies. Customers require flexibility, speed, and punctuality. Competition from other modes of transport—both road and sea—are capturing a share of the market that rail traditionally had to itself. Today’s airports must evolve to meet growing demand, new technologies, updated security requirements, and rising customer expectations. These forces will grow stronger, as will the complexity of projects and the public’s desire for transparency into performance. We bring deep industry expertise and local market insights to help our clients solve their most important challenges in strategy, organization design, and commercial operations. Continue reading...
Shipping and Landside Port Operations. Ships are vital to worldwide trade. Container ships are among the largest oceangoing vessels, the pack mules of the global economy. The growth of ocean freight is far stronger than the growth of any other shipping sector. Over time, organizations of all kinds—whether manufacturers or service providers, governments or not-for-profits—become complicated. Lean management helps them engage all of their people, at every level, to help the entire organization work better: delivering more for customers, building stronger capabilities, finding new and better ways of working, and renewing a sense of common purpose.
Using new tools and technologies that make real-time information available to carriers, shippers, and their land partners (mass transit, for instance) could help all stakeholders along the value chain improve how they plan and execute operations, including carriers themselves. By providing more upstream visibility—a centralized database offered through a web-based, open platform is one way to do this—carriers can, again, tap new pools of cost-cutting opportunity and help shippers reduce the costs and complexity of their own supply chains. Some port authorities have already started to play a role in offering this kind of transparency. Our teams combine the comprehensive business understanding that underpins disciplines with practical operations expertise in diverse industries worldwide. Continue reading...
Hydrocarbon Production and Industrial Engineering. We have built an outstanding track record of high-impact client work in five core strategy areas: exploration, corporate growth, new energy segments, gas, and regulatory. By investing in developing market perspectives and understanding financial trends and outlooks, we ensure our strategy work is built on a robust fact base. In addition to providing strategic advice, we are committed to building clients' capabilities at all levels of an organization to ensure success.
Market Perspectives and Regulatory Management. Implementing regulatory and external-affairs strategies requires top management commitment, cross-functional engagement, and organizational drive. We help clients allocate resources, recruit the right talent, and establish procedures to secure stakeholder support for strategic priorities. We bring deep expertise in simulating the evolution of power markets and assessing the implications for long-term portfolio planning, asset valuation, and investment.
Sustainability and Resource Management. We help local and national governments assemble a fact base for decision making, craft strategies for stakeholder management, identify least-cost solutions through tailored cost curves, assess barriers, and produce practical implementation plans. We help utilities transform their operations along the entire value chain of water, waste, and wastewater by optimizing elements such as network and pump station maintenance, pump energy efficiency, sludge treatment, waste asset configuration, aeration control, and support functions. We help conduct technology and target scans for investors and entrants from adjacent businesses, and offer guidance on developing entry strategies, capturing opportunities, and building scale. Continue reading...
Decontamination and Remediation Management. The nuclear industry is still growing in Eastern Europe, parts of Asia, and the Middle East even as it contracts in Western Europe and North America. Nanoscale science and research promises to be a major component in the future growth of the global economy. Advances in nanotechnology are coming at a rapid-fire pace and are greatly influencing the long-term outlook for a range of scientific and engineering disciplines. Companies are investing billions each year on nanotech research and development, while governments are also engaged: the United States government alone has appropriated more than three billion dollars in funding, which puts nanotech on course to become one of the largest government-funded initiatives ever.
We help clients anticipate and respond to regulatory changes resulting from coal retirements and other forms of industry restructuring, as well as technological and policy developments in renewables, transmission, smart grid, and tariffs. Continue reading...
Leveraging Mutual Business Opportunities. Over the next two decades, power networks in emerging countries will expand rapidly to serve growing populations, while developed economies will upgrade their infrastructure to cope with demand discontinuities and the transition to smart grids. Estimates indicate that to meet demand, the world's transmission and distribution lines will need to increase by more than a third to 94 million kilometers by 2035, at a cost of more than $310 billion per year. Continue reading...
Deliverology: From Idea to Implementation. We help school systems to bring about rapid improvements in literacy and numeracy outcomes at the classroom level through our work across diagnostics, strategy, and implementation. We work with public and social institutions to apply innovative digital tools to revolutionize teaching and learning both inside and outside the classroom. We collaborate with employers, education providers, governments, and foundations to help students make a seamless transition from education to work. Our teams include former teachers, institutional leaders, researchers, and public policy makers. Continue reading...
Hospitals, Clinics, and Medical Centers. As the world population grows and ages, governments are under increasing pressure to ensure that citizens have access to high-quality healthcare at a reasonable cost. We have helped numerous public-sector healthcare organizations meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and fiscally constrained healthcare landscape. Drawing on a broad range of services that includes architecture, engineering, interior design, construction, and facilities optimization services, our solutions are driven by understanding how our clients define value and how we can help them improve performance.
Unlike many consulting firms, our methodology is clinically-driven, informed by healthcare’s emerging realities, and focused on delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions that challenge traditional thinking. Our team of clinical innovation, product development, process design, Lean simulation and experiential modeling experts utilize some of the most inventive approaches available to help our clients identify their most significant strategic and operational opportunities. Every solution is tested against the backdrop of our client’s mission, vision and principles– driving business and care model innovation both now and in the future.
Luxury Resorts and Hotels. Our work spans the globe on topics such as design, engineering, and construction. We understand the challenges that restaurant owners, hotels, resorts, and gaming developers face in assembling land, obtaining gaming approval, and creating facilities that will stand out in fiercely competitive markets. Our deep expertise enables us to assist hospitality clients in developing programs for a new future. We use innovative approaches to tailor offers precisely to customer requirements and to align process flows and organization structures with new strategies. Continue reading...
Stadiums, Arenas, and Convention Centers. We apply our knowledge of construction to help clients engineer optimal public buildings and spaces. We support clients in aligning architectural design and public objectives with capital and operational expenditure budgets. To ensure the long-term relevance of buildings, we advise clients on the strategic use of materials and on design, expansion, accessibility, and sustainability techniques. We support all phases of project execution—from design to construction, from commissioning to ramp-up. We take a holistic view of social infrastructure projects, helping clients optimize quality, minimize costs, and keep projects on schedule.
The Future of German Mechanical Engineering. The changes currently taking place in the automotive industry from the need to go global to the emergence of new competitors in low-cost countries have increased business uncertainties and turned decision making that used to be straightforward into a much more complicated process. We help clients reduce capital intensity, optimize and standardize their specifications, and refine their approach to innovation investment. Our projects range from growth strategies and business-plan development to research and development topics such as material-supply optimization, as well as aftermarket processes.
Aerospace and Defense. Our teams serve commercial aerospace leaders in most segments of the industry. Our clients range from original equipment manufacturers for aircraft in the commercial, business, commuter, cargo and military sectors to defense contractors to satellite and space transportation firms. We partner with these organizations to help them improve operations, program affordability and growth. We have long-standing relationships with ministries and departments of defense worldwide, helping them rescale their personnel, operations and maintenance and procurement programs as defense commitments change.
We combine deep international experience in national security with global expertise that spans industries and the public, private, and social sectors. We bring a range of proprietary tools and a wealth of experience to help public-sector clients, in particular in the areas of organizational design, human capital, organizational diagnostics, and transformational change. Our global teams of supply chain and logistics experts help our clients address the complex business-management issues at the heart of aerospace and defense. Continue reading...
Greater Clarity and Confidence in Decision Making. New approaches to public-private partnerships can help build relationships that create value for both cities and solutions providers. In one fast-growing city, we organized workshops to bring public officials together with representatives from a local institution to brainstorm innovative solutions to infrastructure and development challenges. The effort produced a set of proposals for high-impact solutions, numerous possibilities for improving sourcing, performance, and infrastructure at lower cost, and insights into how to attract corporations to establish headquarters, factories, and sales operations in the city. Continue reading...
Building Inclusive Cities, Sustaining Economic Growth. Cities are essential to global economic growth and productivity. They are where most of the world’s population lives, works, and plays, and they are important to everyone else, too. The rush to metropolitan centers, particularly in emerging economies, is driven by a desire for a better life with more opportunities; as economies start to centralize in cities, so do people. Managing growing cities and their supply of resources is a formidable task that places heavy demands on infrastructure and the environment. We focus on finding solutions that will support economic growth while reducing pollution and waste. Continue reading...
Joining forces with United Way to tackle youth unemployment. We all have a role to play in building a better world for our children. In our own case, we were exceptionally fortunate to inherit a unique philanthropic tradition based on a longstanding commitment to solidarity, social responsibility and the advancement of knowledge. Today it is our turn and our duty to preserve this legacy. By helping new talent emerge, and by devising innovative solutions to current challenges, the Burk Foundation works each day to ensure that our vision will translate into lasting achievements in science, the environment, the arts, education and social entrepreneurship.
The people we believe in and the projects we support provide the best illustration of our faith in human potential, our commitment to the value of sharing and our pursuit of excellence.
A Globally Fluent Metropolitan Economy. Mass public transport is a large part of daily life and generates substantial revenues. Yet the industry also faces significant challenges. Growing competition is encouraging new solutions in this arena to which established companies must adapt. Public transport companies must learn to operate more efficiently. The vision for the public transport players of the future is a significant decrease in operating costs and improvement in customer satisfaction. We work systematically to achieve best-practice solutions through efforts such as cost restructuring, pricing, and distribution optimization. By leveraging economies of scale, horizontal integration, and specialization, we can support our clients in achieving even greater efficiency gains.
From Tradition to Philanthropic Innovation. In a world beset by economic disruption and political upheaval, as well as by the enduring problems of famine, poverty, and disease, there has never been a greater need for fresh thinking. Social innovation is about applying new approaches, refining existing practices, and bringing powerful tools to bear in solving the world’s most pressing social challenges. Our work seeks to harness the power of collaboration between businesses, governments, nonprofits and social enterprises to address these challenges more effectively, and on a wider scale. We bring broad global experience and relationships, a global network of talented people, distinctive expertise and capabilities, and purpose-built tools and methods.
Improving the Underwriting Process. Our global network of experienced insurance partners work with property and casualty, life-insurance, and reinsurance carriers, industry associations, brokers, and other institutions to address issues on topics including strategy, organization, operations, technology, and risk. We focus on core operating capabilities and help clients take a long-term, through-cycle view of the evolving competitive and regulatory landscape.
We help clients analyze risk factors, model asset and liability matching, and enhance their asset-allocation methodologies. We also help them disaggregate the sources of investment performance to get a fuller view of their risk-adjusted returns. We embed these insights into ongoing investment and risk-management processes to help clients build lasting capabilities. This formula has been refined over several years, and our track record of successful delivery spans dozens of geographies and cultures and all major industry sectors.
Restructuring Distressed Projects. Successful construction projects are rooted in and guided by a strong business case. Unfortunately, in our experience, design and construction issues can quickly hijack projects. (Other factors, such as shortages of experienced project staff, remoteness and complexity of projects, and deteriorating labor conditions can add to the challenge.) And decision makers can lose sight of long-term investment goals. Many owners lack the resources and experience to manage contractors and at the same time, protect their broader business objectives. With owners increasingly pushing to transfer project delivery risks to the contractor, decades-old practices of delivering engineering and construction services are no longer sufficient to ensure profitability and owner satisfaction.
We bring integrated teams of partners and consultants, as well as senior experts with decades of experience designing technical solutions and running megaprojects across all industries. This combination of best-in-class technical, financial, and project-execution expertise, backed by our robust project-management methodology and depth of experience, allows us to deliver superior value to project-owner organizations worldwide. For distressed projects, these experts form the core of our deployed project teams who can support clients in an advisory capacity, and also embed in interim management roles.
In some cases, our clients are well advised to seek a judicially driven or other formal restructuring of their obligations. We provide comprehensive support in these situations.
Bring Empirical Rigor to Strategy. Over the long term, strategic planning yields major benefits by continuously evaluating your company’s performance against strategic goals and using benchmarks to tell you how external changes are affecting your progress. Our insights and methodology will ensure that your portfolios and resources remain aligned with your overall objectives and strategies and help you develop the agility to quickly respond to project changes.
We facilitate implementations to integrate cpm scheduling principles into all aspects of projects. Our experts collaborate with the field teams to develop a feasible, coordinated master plan and rollout strategy. We also coach the project team to develop the skills needed to sustain the effort and facilitate future implementations.
Corporate Finance and Earnings Management. Companies should choose consciously what types and levels of risk to take and what to avoid and mitigate (“risk ownership”). We help clients gauge their unique strategic, financial, and operational circumstances (“risk bearing capacity”) in order to ensure that their risk choices are aligned with their strategy and with their financial and operational risk-taking capabilities (“risk strategy and risk appetite”), so that they can optimize the risk-return trade-off. We take a global, cross-sector, functional view of risk management issues, combining our deep industry insight and strategic skills with a structured enterprise-management approach, proven methodologies focused on true transformation, analytical tools, and practical implementation.
Improving Productivity and Performance. The corporate and investment banking industry is in a period of uncertainty and transition, with banks still searching for sustainable models in the context of intense regulatory activity and capital challenges. Our practice has a proven record of innovation and impact working with capital markets and investment banking institutions to define strategies and priorities for a new banking era. We work with a diverse set of banking and nonbanking institutions, including universal banks, securities firms, national banks, exchanges, and information providers. Our work encompasses overall strategies for the wholesale business and for specific products, client segments and geographies; organizational issues; performance improvement; and mergers and alliances. We also undertake work on client issues in information technology and strategic risk management.
Developing Successful Portfolio and Asset Strategies. As organizations and markets increase in complexity, defining strategy becomes more demanding. Leaders must reconcile a high-level view of their business with a detailed understanding of the countless activities that create value at a granular level. We work with clients on issues relevant to the enterprise-wide management of their business, such as growth, portfolio mix, business unit strategy, the impact of global trends and the management of government stakeholders.
We help institutional investor clients, including pensions, endowments, and sovereign wealth funds, to drive long-term performance...