State of Matter joins global alliance Cordence Worldwide

16 September 2019 Consultancy.com.au

Australian consultancy State of Matter has been admitted into the network of Cordence Worldwide, becoming the twelfth member of the global alliance of management consulting firms and the first in Oceania.

“This is a great opportunity for State of Matter to co-operate with a proven partnership of leading global firms,” said Leigh Parsons, founder and managing director of State of Matter. “We see it is as a boost to our services to clients. Access to international knowledge and skills will allow us to offer our clients the right teams to deliver successful outcomes.” 

After spending eight years with CharterMason (now 460degrees), Parsons founded State of Matter in 2016 with the ambition of helping clients achieve their ”next State of Matter”. The firm’s service portfolio spans a range of management consulting, technology consulting, change management and project delivery services. The Melbourne-based consulting firm works for clients – large organisations and mid-sized businesses – in among others the energy, consumer goods, retail and corporate services sectors.

Over the past four years State of Matter has gone from strength to strength, and today the firm employs a team of around 25 consultants and project managers.

State of Matter joins global alliance Cordence Worldwide

This team will now be able to tap into the global pool of expertise bundled under the Cordence Worldwide banner. The joining of forces allows State of Matter’s to help its international clients access resources across all corners of the globe, and to source deep expertise from other alliance members to bolster domestic projects.

With over 3,000 employees, mainly in North America, North Highland is Cordence Worldwide’s largest member firm, and in Europe, the alliance has a strong presence in the DACH region (Horváth & Partners), the UK (North Highland’s UK division), France (Oresys), Spain (Alfa Consulting), Italy (Bonfiglioli Consulting), the Nordics (Valcon) and the Netherlands (Twynstra Gudde). Member firms that cover the Asian continent are Avalon Consulting (India), GENEX Partners (Japan), S.Point (China) and Key To Way (South Korea).

“We are incredibly excited to be accepted into the alliance. This provides us with access to a global network of world class knowledge, capability, experience and skills from more than 3,500 consultants in 25 countries,” said Parsons.

The announcement comes following twelve months of preparation. A team comprising of State of Matter consultants Leigh Parsons, Fraser Moore, Alex Lal, Christopher Golacki and Emily Lewis worked with Cordence Worldwide to shape and finalise the discussions.

Speaking of the partnership, Andrew Keene, managing director of Cordence Worldwide, highlighted how it provides the alliance a valuable presence in the Australian management consulting landscape, with an industry size of AU$7.7 billion one of the globe’s ten largest consultancy markets. “As our twelfth partner, State of Matter strengthens will our position in Oceania, and enables us to increase our offerings to global clients in this part of the world.”


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