Strategy is harder to get into and more prestigious. The skills for strategy consulting is a super set of those needed for operations. Strategy consultants do work on operations as I do, but not vice versa. Operation consultants, particularly the senior ones, tend to have more functional or industry knowledge.Strategy consultants have more general problem solving skills.
The main client contact for an operational consulting firm is typically the Vice President of a department like HR, Technology or Finance. The main client contact for a strategy consultant is almost always the CEO, President of a company or division of the company, and occasionally the board of directors. In terms of the skills overlap, both need great interpersonal skills and strong communication skills. The importance of both can not be underestimated. It seems like these skills would be useful in any job, but they are especially critical in consulting, and the level of skills demonstrated by consultants in both of these areas is often extremely high.
Operations Consulting Operations consulting, also referred to as operations management, is defined as advisory and/or implementation services that improve an organisation's value chain. Operations management consulting projects create more effective client operations by advising on and supporting with the implementation of changes to the organisation, functional business processes, management systems, culture and other elements part of the value chain. Operations consulting services The market for operations consulting services consists of six main disciplines: Sales & Marketing, Process Management, Supply Chain Management,
Operations consulting market The market for operations consulting services is estimated to be worth $63.6 billion, making it the largest segment within the global consulting market, representing nearly 30% of the total. This year and next year the operations advisory market is forecasted to grow with more than 5% per annum, as a result the CAGR for the period 2011 - 2015 will amount to 5.0%.