Dhawan instructed ET in an unique interview that the tell-tale indicators of the 2020s being India’s decade have now change into seen.
Home consumption is again, the infrastructure public-investment build-out story is constant, indicators additionally level in direction of the return of the personal funding cycle after a niche of 10 years, and a confluence of proactive insurance policies might assist the nation ship on its manufacturing promise, Dhawan stated.
“We’re very bullish on India. It would not be stunning to see actual GDP progress of about 8% within the coming years. With sooner productiveness positive aspects, it might even get in direction of 10%,” he stated.
Dhawan was elevated to the place of India managing associate in July.
India’s progress spurt since opening up its financial system following the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic will proceed, he added.
“We see enormous entrepreneurial ambitions within the Indian corporates, and we hope that MNCs actually begin to re-seize the India alternative like they did with China some 10-15 years again. There is a very totally different diploma of resolve about scale and ambition that we’ve began witnessing from Indian firms from January onwards,” he stated.
Over the past 20 months, as India Inc struggled to adapt to the realities of the pandemic, the McKinsey marketing consultant stated two mid- and long-term business shaping developments emerged – an incredible value-migration and accelerated digitisation, particularly involving Cloud.
Dhawan stated chief executives and boardrooms have been in search of help make strategic pivots on points like vitality transitions, sustainability, buyer connectedness within the front-end with digital ecosystems, utilization of knowledge analytics and new types of commerce. “They’re additionally drawing out 5- and 10-year strategic plans,” he stated.
As progress returns, each legacy and new companies have been handing out mandates to consultants to assist them cope with productiveness, disruption, and progress points.
Prime technique corporations like McKinsey, BCG and Bain are discovering it powerful to tackle new mandates.
“Mandates and depth of mandates have gone up for older purchasers and digital natives. We now have 85 companions, spanning 10 sectors. Whereas we’ve a essential mass of this distinctive management pool, we’re nonetheless unable to serve the entire consumer demand,” stated Dhawan.
Even throughout the pandemic, a recurring level of debate within the consulting and company world was concerning market management within the premium consulting market in India, with many consultants claiming that BCG might have overtaken McKinsey by way of India consulting charges.
“We’re the popular influence companions of India Inc. I consider within the notion of an ‘infinite sport’, which isn’t about attending to an final result, profitable, or dropping to competitors. You have to be on a journey of excellence. We’re conscious of the competitors, however do not obsess about it. Now we have our personal thrilling journey forward of us,” he stated.
As premium consulting has morphed from pure technique towards heavy implementation, use of tech has elevated immensely and competitors from tech gamers like Accenture and IBM and Large 4 corporations like Deloitte and EY has been rising.
Is Dhawan anxious about rising competitors and the market shift?
“Completely not. It has simply opened new potentialities for us. Globally, CEOs have been their tech investments prior to now 10-15 years, and admittedly, a lot of the tech funding didn’t ship the worth,” he stated.
“Digital migration is opening alternatives, and we’re assembling focused complementary capabilities, even inorganically, just a few monthly. Only a few corporations can do top-of-the-house counseling, change administration, scoping and ship the influence. We might make inorganic strikes even in India if we get complementary capabilities,” Dhawan added.
As for McKinsey India, he stated the agency was primed for ‘lift-off’. “I would not be stunned if our folks pool, at a minimal, does not change into two and a half occasions the place we’re at present within the subsequent 5 years.”
Even because the agency posted document progress globally, it has been haunted by the involvement of Indian-origin McKinsey companions like Rajat Gupta, Arun Kumar, and Puneet Dikshit in insider buying and selling circumstances. “These are remoted circumstances, however very deeply unlucky occasions. The agency has strict skilled and institutional guidelines. There may be zero tolerance,” Dhawan stated.