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Management Consulting

Author : Matthias Kipping
ISBN : 0191588121
Genre : Business & Economics
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This volume makes an important contribution to the growing literature on management consulting. It brings together international contributors from a wide variety of backgrounds and draws on recent empirical research from a diverse range of countries, consultancy firms, and client companies. The analysis focuses on three key areas. The first part of the book looks at the emergence and development of the consulting industry in different countries and time periods. The interplay between national systemic context and outside influences is stressed, and the efforts of consultants to become recognized as 'legitimate' knowledge carriers by their clients is highlighted, in competition — and sometimes cooperation — with other suppliers of management knowledge, notably academia. The volume goes on to consider the generation, management, and validation of consulting knowledge by consultancy organizations and management gurus, showing how these activities are influenced not only by the consultancies' own characteristics in terms of size, structure, and national origin, but also by the (national and cultural) context in which they are operating, and by the role of 'gatekeepers', such as book publishers or journalists. The third part of the book focuses on the nature and dynamics of the consultancy-client relationship, focusing especially on the ways in which consultants convince managers of the need to hire outside advisors; on the reaction of those concerned in the client organization towards the consultants' recommendations; and on the methods used by the consultants to overcome the possible reluctance and resistance from within the organization. From a more theoretical point of view, the chapters in this volume also show that research on management consulting has to take into account different levels of analysis: the consulting industry as a whole and its position relative to other knowledge providers such as academia; the specific consultancy organization and its relationships with internal and external sources of knowledge; and the particular consultancy project and notably the interplay between the consultants and the various stakeholders within and outside the client organization.

The Oxford Handbook Of Management Consulting

Author : Matthias Kipping
ISBN : 9780199235049
Genre : Business & Economics
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Management consultants of various kinds play an important role in the world of business, and other organizations. This Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of research and thinking on the role, history, and function of management consultants.

Clientconsultant Collaboration

Author : Anthony F. Buono
ISBN : 9781607522591
Genre : Reference
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The tenth volume in the Research on Management Consulting series—Client–Consultant Collaboration: Coping with Complexity and Change—draws on papers presented at the Academy of Management’s Management Consulting Division International Conference on this theme in Copenhagen, Denmark in June 2007. The volume presents twelve chapters that explore a broad range of questions and concerns that illustrate the scope and complexity of the consultant–client relationship. The chapters illustrate the richness and excitement that takes place not only in research on consulting but also in its application as the various empirical analyses of consulting in practice portray.

Management Consultancy

Author : Andrew Sturdy
ISBN : 9780191615689
Genre : Business & Economics
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Management consultants are typically seen as key mediators in the flow of management ideas. And yet little is known about exactly what happens when they work together with clients, behind closed doors in consulting projects. Do they really innovate or simply legitimate existing knowledge? This book presents research from a three year long 'fly-on-the-wall study' of consulting projects and challenges our taken for granted view of consultancy. It draws on and integrates theories of knowledge and social boundaries to reveal a picture of complex and shifting insider-outsider relationships. Here, the outsider or expert status of consultants in relation to their clients cannot be assumed in their day-to-day project interactions. Different actors, roles, and types of knowledge are involved in an interactive and dynamic process where various boundaries are constructed, reinforced, negotiated and transformed. The chapters selectively explore these dynamics, revealing the importance of boundary complexity, the role of humour and challenge in often tense relationships, and the importance of shared knowledge domains such as sector knowledge. This in-depth analysis of inter-organizational project teams also covers a wide range of consultancy contexts, drawing on cases studies which include: * a US-based strategy firm and a multinational client, * the public and private sectors, * a sole practitioner consultant, * IT implementation in financial services. The book is important for all those with an interest in management consultancy, project working and management knowledge as well as in innovation/change, inter-organisational relations, boundaries and professional services. The authors include some of the leading research experts on management consultancy as well as a former management consultant and current expert in management learning.

Consultancy In Public Services

Author : Adams, Robert
ISBN : 9781447308652
Genre : Social Science
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Based on the authors' twenty-five year experience of consultancy in the public services, this book develops an empowering approach to thinking about and doing consultancy with public services. It challenges the traditional view that the consultants are brought in as experts and instead examines ways of using consultancy to empower staff, patients, service users and members of the public, so that they can take part in developing, changing, innovating and ultimately transforming these services. The book includes chapters explaining consultancy, on preparing bids, on negotiations and on the importance of assessment and review which are geared towards the needs of those working in public and third sectors, either as or with consultants. It includes a glossary, abbreviations, helpful contacts and websites which are valuable for quick reference and to aid further understanding.

The Feminine In Management Consulting

Author : Sheila Marsh
ISBN : 0230207162
Genre : Business & Economics
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Through live material from consulting practice and an historical review of advice-giving to pre-modern leaders, this book uncovers a distinctive feminine discourse of management consulting. This new lens challenges current literature on management consulting that relies on established (masculine) images.

Text Talk

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ISBN : UCSC:32106019339123
Genre : Discourse analysis
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Scandinavian Perspectives On Management Consulting

Author : Steinar Bjartveit
ISBN : CORNELL:31924104188119
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book focuses on the importance of methodology for ensuring quality in the field of consulting. The book introduces a wide range of methodologies for interventions and some how to check-lists for both the provider and the buyer of consulting services. Scandinavian perspectives on management consulting is meant to provide the reader with a healthy scepticism towards the profession of consulting as well as an understanding of the roles of the consultant. This means that the buyer needs to understand what he is buying, what to be wary of, and how to evaluate process, outcome, and professional relationship. The provider needs to understand what he is selling and what the customer is looking for, and above all, understand the importance of adopting a scientific approach to the services he is providing. In addition to being a valuable source of insight for the buyers and the providers of consulting services, Scandinavian perspectives on management consulting is also well suited for management students, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Emotional Organization

Author : Stephen Fineman
ISBN : 1405160306
Genre : Business & Economics
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This landmark collection is exclusively devoted to demonstrating/mapping (what is understood today about the power and structural effects of emotion and identity in organizations. Essays at the leading edge of research reveal the influence of workplace cultures, power, and institutional expectations, while also exploring the negative impacts of emotion management in the workplace. Brings together an international group of cutting-edge researchers to write critically about emotion in different organizational and cultural settings Includes research on policy, change, management and professional practice Exposes the influence of workplace cultures, power and institutional expectations on emotion Reveals the darker and oppressive features of emotion management in organizations Applies recent critical organizational theory to emotion.

Academy Of Management Perspectives

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ISBN : CORNELL:31924112307552
Genre : Executives
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