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Management Consulting: Dynamics, Debates and Directions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
York University. (Schulich School of Business)
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Strategic Communication, ISSN 1553-1198, Vol. 7, no 2, 84-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to: (i) provide a brief overview of the emergence and dynamics of the management consulting industry, (ii) summarize the findings from the extant literature, and (iii) identify relevant issues for related research in strategic communication. The article begins by putting management consulting into context by relating it to three other fields of management: practice, education and publishing, pointing out how their interaction furthers the diffusion of management ideas. Then, the article provides an overview of the development of management consulting, showing how consulting activities and firms changed in line with their client organizations, while managing to derive continued legitimacy by adapting their image to different types of “professionalism.” Finally, the article reviews the extant research on management consulting along three levels of analysis: industry, firm, and project, and discusses the implications of its main debates and insights for strategic communication consulting.

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2013. Vol. 7, no 2, 84-98 p.
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Social Sciences
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Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203990DOI: 10.1080/1553118X.2013.765436OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203990DiVA: diva2:637610
Available from: 2013-07-19 Created: 2013-07-19 Last updated: 2013-07-22

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