London: This year's White Space Thought Leadership Rankings show the biggest shifts in firm ranking order since they were launched six years ago. Whilst Boston Consulting Group, BCG, remained top — Capgemini Consulting jumped 6 places (15 to 9) during the first half of 2013.
The Thought Leadership Rankings report, produced by Source Information Services subsidiary White Space, says that Capgemini Consulting is the dark horse in the rankings, and it has progressed on the back of its work around digital transformation, a subject on which the firm has produced several excellent pieces and a dedicated journal. But this work is also acting as a foundation on which more specific issue, and sector-based output is being produced, such as The Future of Bank Branches: Coordinating Physical with Digital.
Other key movers in the rankings saw IBM move from third to second place, as it has adopted a highly disciplined approach to control quality, but this approach has severely limited the quantity of its output.
Big Four rises...
Two of the Big Four firms have also significantly improved their rankings over the last six months. PwC climbs from fifth to third place, thanks largely to its '10 minute' series, which represents an outstanding example of how a firm can combine substance in thought leadership with brevity. 10 Minutes on Investing in China's Private Healthcare System is just one of an increasingly specialised portfolio of material.
Deloitte also climbed to fifth position from eighth as the firm's US practice in particular is publishing an increasing volume of high-quality, topical thinking through The Deloitte University Press (DUP) site. The report notes that material published by other areas of the firm isn't keeping pace with DUP, and it's going to be hard for Deloitte to improve its rankings further without this changing.
Fiona Czerniawska, Joint Managing Director at Source and founder of White Space said,
"Bcgperspectives.com continues to be home to some of the best thought leadership produced anywhere and while the firm's overall score has dropped slightly, the fact that it has maintained quality while increasing the quantity of its output is no small achievement.
"Capgemini Consulting's rise is also a real success story. There may still be skeletons in its thought leadership closet, which are often revealed when the firm takes a purer technology stance, but the quality of its material overall is benefiting from an increasingly focused and consistent strategy."
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