As a management consultant, what recommendations would you give to the Empire in Star Wars IV, V, and VI? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Adrien Gagarine, management consultant, on Quora:

That's a fun question to think about.

Management consulting is supposed to be an unbiased opinion on the way companies are run, with the goal of providing honest feedback.

The problem of the Empire is the dubious morals that drive it. By excluding aliens and putting "humans first" by not respecting civilians, by being generally corrupt, by killing whoever makes a mistake, they face pretty normal consequences for a dictatorial regime.

A management consultant is driven by ROI and efficiency. A death star is neither of those. But a consultant needs to be heard to have an impact.

2 ways to approach this:

1) Be honest.

The first thing a management consultant would probably advise is to not kill a soldier that makes a mistake or that has an opinion on anything, because mistakes are okay to be made. This is important because it would also protect the consultant when he has some difficult feedback to provide.

That doesn't seem likely to happen with the madmen that run the Empire (the Emperor, Darth Vader, and all the Moffs). If it does, and the consultant survives this recommendation, then he will be able to bring real value to the Empire.

2) Survive.

The task is more political. Always says good things, and only point to possible process improvements. Do not take sides. Always avoid judgment. And try to avoid pissing anyone off. A management consultant would probably approach this by focusing on processes and technology, and avoiding at all costs strategy and organization.

  • "Hey, we think you can improve tie fighter production by 15% in the next 3 years."
  • *hissing noise of someone breathing* "I want to build a death star, what do you think?"
  • "I do not have the skills to answer this question, but should you decide to build one, we can help on construction efficiency and employee morale."

I would avoid working with the Empire at all costs due to the low survival chances if something goes wrong. There are so many other companies I'd rather help instead (although I'd avoid Sienar too).

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