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Case Study: Grant Thornton
Grant Thornton is one of the world's leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms.
SAMI worked with Grant Thornton UK from August 2013 to June 2014, following the four stages of strategy as below, in the project called “Future Perspectives”. SAMI’s role was as process adviser and facilitator, with Grant Thornton staff leading at all stages.
The first step was Board Awareness, SAMI Associate Dr Chris Yapp briefed the Board on the changes on the horizon, at the AwayDay in August 2013.
In September, Panel Chairmen and the research team met to think about the forces for change, using the SAMI trend cards and the Three Horizons methodology. They were also briefed on the role of interviews, and the use of the SAMI 7 questions: and defined the focal question for the scenarios.
During the Strategic Intelligence phase, the research team provided support to the programme manager. This phase resulted in 14 major themes emerging, which the whole firm were invited to comment on via the internal social platform before a scenario workshop “Sense Making” in January. The scenarios created then formed the framework for a wind-tunnelling workshop in March to think about the implications for strategy, as a start to setting priorities. At the same time, the scenarios were tested against a range of external and internal groups – had group-think crept in? The “Future Perspectives” project and scenarios were presented at the Grant Thornton UK Partners Conference in May.
However, the scenarios had already affected the partnership internally as people had found that clients reacted very positively to the knowledge that Grant Thornton were undertaking this type of thinking.
SAMI people who worked on the project were Dr Chris Yapp, Dr Wendy Schultz, and Gill Ringland.
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