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Worldwide and U.S. Business Consulting Services Forecast, 2018–2022

Worldwide and U.S. Business Consulting Services Forecast, 2018–2022

This IDC study provides updated forecasts through an analysis of the worldwide and U.S. business consulting markets by consulting service line. It updates the forecast reported in Worldwide and U.S. Business Consulting Services Forecast Update, 2017–2021."In the last half of 2017, enterprises focused strongly on organizational productivity. Business consulting engagements that include iterative strategy or process development continuously redefine the business consulting engagement process to increase project relevance to the enterprises." — Cushing Anderson, vice president, Project-Based Services Research

IDC Market Forecast Figure

Executive Summary

Advice for Technology Suppliers

Market Forecast

Worldwide Business Consulting by Macroregion and Service Line

U.S. Business Consulting by Service Line

Worldwide Digital-Related and Nondigital-Related Business Consulting

Market Context

Drivers and Inhibitors



Unemployment/Job Creation

Corporate Profits

Significant Market Developments

Priorities for Consulting Services by Service Line

Operations Consulting

Organizational Consulting

Strategy Consulting

Finance and Accounting

Governance, Risk, and Compliance

Change Management

Internal Audit Services

Changes from Prior Forecast

Market Definition

Business Consulting Definitions

Service Line Definitions

Exceptions and Exclusions


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