Management Consulting: Emergence and Dynamics of a Knowledge Industry

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This book provides insight and concrete knowledge and an international perspective into the growing field of Consulting. Each chapter is based on original research and offers a wide variety of real-life situations from different countries, consulting firms and client corporations. Management Consulting: Emergence and Dynamics of a Knowledge Industry, is divided into three distinctive parts: "Historical Perspectives on the Consulting Industry', 'Organizational Perspectives on the Consultancy Firm', and Relationship Perspectives on the Consultancy Project'. This volume, with the help of an exceptional team of contributors distinguishes and examines consulting at three levels of analysis: industry, organization and project.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199242856
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthias Kipping: Lecturer (1994-8), then (1998-) Reader in European Management at the School of Business, The University of Reading; Director of the Centre for International Business History (CIBH) at Reading (1998-2001); Visiting positions held at the École des Hautes Études Sociales in Paris (1998), the École Supérieure Universitaire de Gestion at the University of Toulouse (2000) and the Institute of Innovation Research at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo (2000). Lars Engwall: Visiting Scholar, the Graduate School of Business Administration, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA and the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley, CA (1970-1); Associate Professor (1972-81) and Professor (1981-) of Business Administration, Uppsala University; Professor of Management, the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels (1977-8); Directeur de Recherche, Centre de Recherche en Gestion, École Polytechnique, Paris (Spring Semester 1995).

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Table of Contents

Lists of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction: Management Consulting as a Knowledge Industry 1
Pt. I Historical Perspectives on the Consulting Industry
2 The Acquisition of Symbolic Capital by Consultants: The French Case 19
3 The Changing Relationship between Management Consulting and Academia: Evidence from Sweden 36
4 Management Consultancies in the Netherlands in the 1950s and 1960s: Between Systemic Context and External Influences 52
5 The Rise and Fall of a Local Version of Management Consulting in Finland 70
Pt. II Organizational Perspectives on the Consultancy Firm
6 The Internal Creation of Consulting Knowledge: A Question of Structuring Experience 91
7 Knowledge Management at the Country Level: A Large Consulting Firm in Italy 109
8 Collaborative Relationships in the Creation and Fashioning of Management Ideas: Gurus, Editors, and Managers 129
9 Consultancies as Actors in Knowledge Arenas: Evidence from Germany 146
Pt. III Relationship Perspectives on the Consultancy Project
10 Managers as Marionettes? Using Fashion Theories to Explain the Success of Consultancies 167
11 Promoting Demand, Gaining Legitimacy, and Broadening Expertise: The Evolution of Consultancy-Client Relationships in Australia 184
12 The Burden of Otherness: Limits of Consultancy Interventions in Historical Case Studies 203
13 Managers and Consultants as Embedded Actors: Evidence from Norway 222
References 238
Name Index 262
Subject Index 265
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