October 1, 2019

CFAR is pleased to welcome Kyle McCracken in his new role as Manager at CFAR. Kyle spent his first two years at CFAR as an Analyst, before being invited to stay a third year as a Senior Analyst. He is now the first person in CFAR’s 30-plus-year history to make the leap from Senior Analyst to Manager.


“I’m excited and honored to be the first analyst in CFAR’s history to make the leap to manager. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn and grow professionally here. I think my transition to manager is also an excellent representation of CFAR’s willingness to change and adapt over time.”

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April 15, 2019  /  CFAR, Inc.





For Immediate Release

Contact: Cathy Brundage

E-mail: cbrundage@cfar.com

Phone: 215-320-3200



PHILADELPHIA, PA—As of April 1, 2019, Richard Levin & Associates (RLA), one of the most recognized names in executive coaching, has formally joined The Center for Applied Research, Inc. (CFAR), a management consulting firm specializing in strategy, change, and collaboration. By adding RLA’s expertise to the firm, CFAR will enhance its already robust set of offerings—helping their clients to unlock the potential in their people, explore new ways of thinking about their businesses and organizations, and develop new skills to sustain lasting impr... read more »

February 13, 2019  /  CFAR Inc.

We are excited to share the news of Caleb White's promotion to Principal!


Since joining CFAR in 2017 as a Senior Consultant, Caleb has become an integral member of the firm’s family and owner-led business practice. Caleb specializes in the complex strategic, operational, and governance issues facing today’s organizations. As former President and CEO of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.—his family’s sixth-generation business—he brings unmatched personal and professional insight to his work. In addition to continuing to serve Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. as Chair of its Nominating and Governance Committee, Caleb serves as a director of The Lee Company, Brokers International, and Axiam Inc.


Caleb received his MBA fr... read more »

August 7, 2017  /  Tim Schanne, Manager
The following blog is a thinkpiece in response to CFAR’s “Action Learning—Improving Organizational Performance through Team Learning” Briefing Note. read more »
July 24, 2017  /  Jennifer Tomasik, SM, FACHE, Vice President & Principal
The following blog is a thinkpiece in response to CFAR’s “Five Theories of Contemporary Board Governance” Briefing Note.  read more »
June 29, 2017  /  Caleb E. White, Senior Consultant
The following blog is a thinkpiece in response to CFAR’s “Strategic Planning versus Strategy Making” Briefing Note.  read more »
May 9, 2016  /  Press Release



      PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 9, 2016)—CFAR, Inc.—a private management consulting firm with offices in Philadelphia and Boston—has been named one of the Best Management Consulting Firms of 2016 in the U.S. by Forbes. 


      The rankings were based on data from two surveys: (1) a colleague survey among partners and project managers from management consultancies and (2) a client survey among senior executives who had previously worked with management consultancies. CFAR was fortunate enough to rank in both surveys: with the distinction of having a “Disproportionately High Number of Client Recommendations” in the S... read more »

April 8, 2016  /  Larry Hirschhorn

In this post I explore the reasons why Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo!, Inc., has failed to revitalize the company. When she took office in 2012, third quarter revenue was $1.2 billion. Third quarter revenue in 2015 was also $1.2 billion. I point to several possible limitations of her leadership. First, while some journalists have suggested that she was too cautious and did not make a “big bet,” I argue that CEOs make big bets only when facing crises. Yahoo, paradoxically, did not face a crisis because it owned so many shares in Alibaba, the Chinese Amazon. When the latter went public, Yahoo made a windfall profit of $9.4 billion at a time when its annual operating income was only $200 million.


I suggest as well that Mayer tended to focus too much on orga... read more »

November 16, 2015
CFAR Principal Debbie Bing has been named as the firm’s next President. She will succeed Lynn Oppenheim—one of the firm’s original founders—in January 2016.  read more »
August 19, 2015  /  Barry Dornfeld

When the star British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, playing Hamlet on a London stage, recently broke out of character to turn to the audience and plead with them to stop videotaping him with the smartphones so many carry, a critical moment had been reached. The steadily increasing incursion of digital devices into our personal, public, and professional lives has been accelerating, and it is hard both to ignore this incursion and predict where it is going. Cumberbatch’s recognition of this boundary feels like an important wake up call.


Sociologist and Psychologist Sherry Turkle, a deep thinker on how technology impacts our lives, cited this incident in a talk she recently gave at a business conference I attended. She used this incident to launch a discussion on the... read more »

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