Energy Management Consultancy Project
Postgraduate-led consultancy project stimulating collaboration between industry and academia – Wood Group PSN and MSc Energy Management.
Taking on the challenge
One of the most motivating elements of the consultancy project is the shared sense of responsibility between the client, the team, the supervisors, and oneself. It is what mutually drives both the students and the client. In our case this was exemplified by a burst of enthusiasm and brainstorming activity from the start, which helped create the rapport that was needed for the remainder of the project to be a success. As we got further into the project the sense of responsibility only grew, which in many ways kept us on our toes and ensured we were giving it our best.
From theory to practice
The next great element of the process was to take what we have learned in the classroom and apply it in practice. Admittedly, we had to go through a steep learning curve while on the job, but with the support of the supervisors and the constructive feedback from the client, this hurdle was also overcome quickly. As a result of this transition our work was distinctly underpinned by academic rigor and simultaneously strived to remain practical and add value for the client.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the project was in many ways about building synergies and fostering dialogue between the various people who were involved in the process. On one hand, this challenged us to ask the right questions, listen carefully to the answers, and subsequently connect the dots to reveal valuable insights. On the other hand, it also meant that we had to communicate the insights effectively by striking the right notes and by being sensitive to the corporate culture of the client. In conclusion, the team learned that the balance between listening and communicating in an effective manner is what truly made this project a success for all parties.