Join us in 2022 for the fourth year of our nine day program of the theory and practice of organizational consulting 

Dynamics of Consulting

As an experienced organizational consultant and coach, whether independent or internal, you will benefit from:

  • An intimate learning setting in which you, your peers, and our faculty members engage in extended case discussions.


  • An understanding of how the psychodynamics of organizations and the business of an enterprise are interconnected.


  • An opportunity to learn from the “here and now” of the classroom process.


  • Exploring the role that you take up in the consulting encounter.


  • Pin-pointing the areas of your practice which require your attention and focus.


  • Building deeper relationships with your clients.

  • Building long-term relationships with like-minded colleagues engaged in exciting consulting and coaching work.

Why attend this program?

Hear From Past Particpants

When will it take place?

The program is organized into three modules that are spaced approximately three months apart. Each module starts begins with a group dinner and ends on on the third day at 4 pm.

We are accepting applications for the 2022 Dynamics of Consulting program. The program schedule for 2022:


The 2023 Dynamics of Consulting program will begin in January of 2023.

Where will
it be? 

The January and April modules of the 2021 program will take place virtually. The final module in October will take place in the beautiful Penn Club (University of Pennsylvania), in midtown Manhattan, within walking distance of the theater district.

Enrollment is limited.


How we
will learn together



The program’s pedagogy is based on the premise that advanced consultants learn best from case discussions. 


Discussing a case immerses you in the experiences of both the client and the consultant—and brings you into touch with the thoughts and feelings associated with the situation.

Using case learning as a springboard, faculty members will help participants link case material to theories of consulting dynamics, organizational process, and executive decision-making. Useful theory will help participants apply the learnings from cases to their own practice.



Participants will also have an opportunity to consult to each other, and to learn from their experience of the group process.

Each participant will also receive three hours of individual coaching from a faculty member over the course of the program.

Case Discussion

A module at a glance

Client dilemmas that trigger consultation

A founder CEO, a brilliant product designer, expects that her chief designers can duplicate the quality and creativity of her designs without instruction or mentoring. Her impatience threatens to drive her most competent subordinates away.

The head of R&D is
faced with a difficult choice.
If he gives the go-ahead to an engineer’s novel reconceptualization of how software under development
should be redesigned, he risks undermining the morale
of the remaining team members
committed to an earlier conception. What
should he do?

Learn to consult to the
emotional terrain of individual
and group decision-making 

An executive director of a
non-profit organization is so persuasive, so effective a visionary, that few of his board members challenge his five-year business plan—even though you judge it to it be based on unrealistic assumptions. 

Executives in your client organization experience their conflicts as if they were interpersonal—failing to understand how they reflect business tensions facing the organization as a whole.


Our faculty members are quintessential scholar-practitioners. Each one has been successful in establishing a consulting practice—working full time to meet client needs, while contributing to theories of organization dynamics and the consulting process. They are published authors and proven lecturers to students, consultants, and executives alike. To learn more about their backgrounds, click here or select any of their photos below.

Associate Faculty



"I came to the Dynamics of Consulting with 25 years of consulting experiences. Within the first day of the program the faculty, the cohort and the program design made me a more effective consultant. The focus on casework as the primary learning modality challenges both the faculty and the cohort to work together by addressing hard issues real time. This program will reward your hard work with more consulting capacity to help your clients. It’s also a great fun.”

—Rick Torseth

Sponsored by CFAR 



Prior to its founding as a private management consulting firm in 1987, CFAR began as a research center inside the Wharton School. The firm’s multi-disciplinary consultants integrate their academic expertise in the business and social sciences, including psychology, economics, communications, anthropology, strategy, organization and international relations, to pragmatically help leaders solve new or stubborn organizational problems. Consultants focus on the juncture where issues of strategy and its execution intersect with organizational and interpersonal dynamics.  Clients gain new ways of thinking about their organizations, and the skills and tools to sustain lasting performance improvement.


CFAR has been named in Forbes’ listing of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms for the past three years.


To receive an application for the program please fill out the contact form below.

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Program tuition is $8,200. Enroll by May 1, 2020 and pay $7,600


If you have any questions about the program, its fit to your interests, and payment plans, contact Larry Hirschhorn, Program Director, for further information.