A collection of jargons and terminologies commonly used by consultants.

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There are currently 13 names in this directory beginning with the letter C.
Refers to any number of executives with a capital C at the beginning of their title (the C stands for Chief. For example COO, CFO, CEO, CIO, CMO, etc.

Acronym for Compound Annual Growth Rate. For example, if a market grows from $100 billion to $230 billion over the course of 9 years, the CAGR is 9.70%. This is analogous to Internal Rate of Return in Finance.

Campus hire
A consultant hired directly from undergraduate or business schools, as opposed to experienced hire.

Your available time and energy for additional tasks.

A consulting project. (Also called a Study or an Engagement.)

Change management
A service provided by consulting firms to help with a period of major company change, such as an acquisition or a major shift in strategic priorities.

Charge code
A unique code provided with each project/assignment to which you can charge work-related expenses.

Circle back
To catch up again later, but used to indicate that now is not the right time. For example Let's circle up after the 5 p.m. call. I have a few tweaks to make to my model. Compare with Touch base.

The chief concerns of a company or business unit. For example We need to exit these three business lines and focus on our core product.

Core client
A client with a long-standing firm relationship, and one in which there is continual dialogue between senior executives even if there are no ongoing projects

Core competencies
Similar to Core, but usually used to address areas where a company performs very well compared to competitors or similar companies. For example Our core competencies in procurement have led to larger gross margins than other manufacturers.

An adjective indicating that the referenced work or analysis is thorough and complete.

Critical path
The key tasks needed in order for a process to achieve a desired result.