Management Consulting: Emergence and Dynamics of a Knowledge Industry

Management Consulting: Emergence and Dynamics of a Knowledge Industry

by Matthias Kipping, Lars Engwall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199242852

ISBN-13: 9780199242856

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Thirteen chapters by European scholars of management, administration, and business, provide historical, organizational, and relationship perspectives on the consulting industry, the consultancy firm, and particular projects. Attention is given to the social context in which consulting is done, the ways consultants convince managers to hire them, organizational

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Thirteen chapters by European scholars of management, administration, and business, provide historical, organizational, and relationship perspectives on the consulting industry, the consultancy firm, and particular projects. Attention is given to the social context in which consulting is done, the ways consultants convince managers to hire them, organizational reactions to outside advice, and the legitimation of consultancy. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199242856
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Lists of Figures and Tablesix
List of Abbreviationsx
Notes on Contributorsxii
1.Introduction: Management Consulting as a Knowledge Industry1
Part I.Historical Perspectives on the Consulting Industry
2.The Acquisition of Symbolic Capital by Consultants: The French Case19
3.The Changing Relationship between Management Consulting and Academia: Evidence from Sweden36
4.Management Consultancies in the Netherlands in the 1950s and 1960s: Between Systemic Context and External Influences52
5.The Rise and Fall of a Local Version of Management Consulting in Finland70
Part II.Organizational Perspectives on the Consultancy Firm
6.The Internal Creation of Consulting Knowledge: A Question of Structuring Experience91
7.Knowledge Management at the Country Level: A Large Consulting Firm in Italy109
8.Collaborative Relationships in the Creation and Fashioning of Management Ideas: Gurus, Editors, and Managers129
9.Consultancies as Actors in Knowledge Arenas: Evidence from Germany146
Part III.Relationship Perspectives on the Consultancy Project
10.Managers as Marionettes? Using Fashion Theories to Explain the Success of Consultancies167
11.Promoting Demand, Gaining Legitimacy, and Broadening Expertise: The Evolution of Consultancy-Client Relationships in Australia184
12.The Burden of Otherness: Limits of Consultancy Interventions in Historical Case Studies203
13.Managers and Consultants as Embedded Actors: Evidence from Norway222
References238
Name Index262
Subject Index265

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