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Jayhawk Consulting

Jayhawk Consulting helps clients grow through data analysis and project development and offers KU students experiential learning as work for real clients.

Since 2010, Jayhawk Consulting has assisted more than 100 organizations, including Westar Energy, the University of Kansas Hospital, the Kansas State Fair, the U.S. Department of Energy, Head Start, KU Innovation Way Project, and Community Housing for Wyandotte County.

Jayhawk Consulting addresses client challenges to growth and provides access to high-quality analysis and project development, as well as a source of new employee talent. The program also gives students the opportunity to acquire hands-on experiential learning.

Jayhawk Consulting represents a low-cost, low-risk way to solve businesses' needs. We work in all business disciplines and engage university expertise to address most client issues. In addition to its commercial efforts, Jayhawk Consulting also undertakes projects that stimulate economic development and accelerate Kansas growth as part of the KU Entrepreneurship Works for Kansas initiative.

KU Entrepreneurship Works for Kansas is a federally and alumni-match funded program to improve the economic and employment conditions of distressed communities throughout the state of Kansas. 


Project process

Jayhawk Consulting adheres to a project development process that is derived from the same approach used by major consulting practices worldwide and is designed to produce the highest quality results in the shortest practical development time.

Phase 1
  • Organization submits project proposal. Clearly defines scope of project.
  • Jayhawk Consulting reviews proposals and follows up via email.
  • Project redirected, postponed or approved. Email sent.
Phase 2
  • Letter of engagement drafted. Kickoff meeting scheduled.
  • Kickoff meeting and initial discovery. Letter of engagement sent.
  • Action plan sent detailing information needed and how to obtain it (unless already communicated).
Phase 3
  • Client sends information/data is gathered.
  • Continued discovery and analysis. Hypothesis formation.
  • Solution built. 3CQC Review
Phase 4
  • Deliverable to client.
  • Follow-up with client by faculty advisor.

If you have an interest in consulting and are excited about solving complex business problems, Jayhawk Consulting is a great way to get started.

The program provides the opportunity to sharpen your analytical and business skills while working directly with clients. You will have direct responsibilities developing executable strategies, recommendations and preparing presentations for diverse companies and organizations. Your position will help you develop your consulting skills, as well as enhance your team and networking skills.

Preferred qualities of a Jayhawk Consultant include:

  • Varied and deep experience base on which to draw potential project solutions;
  • Demonstration of innovative thinking in meeting past challenges;
  • Capacity to accelerate through the project's learning curve, to work quickly and efficiently insuring on time project completion;
  • Ability to team effectively for synergistic thinking and workload sharing;
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and deliver against accepted responsibilities;

Academic backgrounds are not limited to business. In fact a diversity of education and experience are preferred and attempts to attract consultants from a variety of disciplines will be pursued downstream.

Students interested in the Jayhawk Consulting program should consider enrolling in MGMT 485/885: Business Consulting and contact Wally Meyer at wmeyerjr@ku.edu for more information.

Interested clients should contact Wallace M. Meyer Jr., Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, at wmeyerjr@ku.edu or 785-864-7583.

If you have an interest in consulting and are excited about solving complex business problems, Jayhawk Consulting is a great way to get started.

The program provides the opportunity to sharpen your analytical and business skills while working directly with clients. You will have direct responsibilities developing executable strategies, recommendations and preparing presentations for diverse companies and organizations. Your position will help you develop your consulting skills, as well as enhance your team and networking skills.

Preferred qualities of a Jayhawk Consultant include:

  • Varied and deep experience base on which to draw potential project solutions;
  • Demonstration of innovative thinking in meeting past challenges;
  • Capacity to accelerate through the project's learning curve, to work quickly and efficiently insuring on time project completion;
  • Ability to team effectively for synergistic thinking and workload sharing;
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and deliver against accepted responsibilities;

Academic backgrounds are not limited to business. In fact a diversity of education and experience are preferred and attempts to attract consultants from a variety of disciplines will be pursued downstream.

Students interested in the Jayhawk Consulting program should consider enrolling in MGMT 485/885: Business Consulting and contact Wally Meyer at wmeyerjr@ku.edu for more information.

Interested clients should contact Wallace M. Meyer Jr., Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, at wmeyerjr@ku.edu or 785-864-7583.


Recent selected projects

The Economic Development Department of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS maintains a Land Bank in which approximately 3,500 vacant land parcels are maintained. These parcels represent a significant underused asset as well as an opportunity to enhance the quality of life in KCK and increment the city’s tax base.

For this challenge, each of the Jayhawk Consulting student teams determined a creative use of a selected vacant land parcel, projected a compelling financial scenario and created a marketing plan to enable the successful execution of the recommendation.

Green Dirt Farm is an award-winning sheep’s milk cheese producer that is fully vertically integrated, from grazing sheep through manufacturing and distribution at its own farm store, as well as well recognized grocery outlets.

The project involved helping the firm’s management achieve economic self-sufficiency in the short term. To accomplish that goal, each Jayhawk Consulting team studied different components of the firm’s organization and activities, and then provided recommendations for cost-saving and/or sales growth opportunities to achieve the overall objective.

Developed, rationalized and presented strategies to improve profitability, shareholder value and provide a long term growth path for Ford Motor Co.

The complete deliverable considered a future Ford without many of its current passenger car models (and the excess manufacturing capacity this creates), an increasingly green environment (higher CAFE mileage requirements) and intensified international competition.

Conducted massive primary research to understand college-student alcoholic beverage drinking habits, and specifically the occasion and situational behaviors related to consumption of beer, wine and liquor. Separately, conducted a retail audit, then prepared a quantified model evidencing the profit and return on invested inventory advantages of increasing shelf space and promotional support for client's beer products.

Conducted a large sample size behavioral study of college students' recreation habits and offered specific recommendations to increase student visitation of Clinton State Park, a nearby KDWPT 35-square-mile facility.

Mapped the current order entry and CRM process, analyze and created an improved process which addressed all of the current process' inefficiencies. Presented and gained acceptance from all effected in the organization.

Identified a plan to expand current made-to-order men's apparel line to pro athlete market, which included competitive analysis, marketing approach and likely financial outcomes with plan implementation.

Identified a plan to encourage retirement savings by Millennials, a demographic historically disinterested in retirement financial planning, which included product specifications, marketing approach and financial projections assuming best and worst case penetration of this age group.

Developed a content rich but time-limited course of study for the client's most senior civilian employees to achieve the Army's defined level of "business acumen": a threshold understanding of multidisciplined business practices.

Created a marketing campaign, including specific social media tactics designed to increase awareness and visitation of college students to the university's nationally recognized art museum.

Analyzed the attendance performance for the state's 11 state parks and provided specific recommendations to enhance quantity and quality of the visit experience for the study's target facility, Cheney State Park.