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From the Publisher"It is an exhaustive account of the history of management consultancy that has been several years in the making. Although academic thoroughness is one of its chief merits, the book remains readable and entertaining throughout. McKenna's serious and not unsympathetic approach allows him to debunk certain myths about consultancy without falling into the trap of becoming an unthinking critic. It is a sober and truthful antidote to all the glossy consultancy marketing brochures that promise "strategic solutions" and "value-added" analysis."
-Stefan Stern, Financial Times
"...this is a fascinating book whose accessible and clear writing style should ensure a wide readership. The footnotes provide a wonderful resource for any student of management consulting and knowledge-intensive firms. Its broad sweep and rich detail mean that it is destined to become a key text in this area."
-Timothy Clark, Durham University, Administrative Science Quarterly
"This groundbreaking study details how the leading consulting companies expanded after U.S. regulatory changes during the 1930s."
-Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment
'Christopher D. McKenna's masterful, impeccably researched, prize-winning study of management consulting exemplifies the best that business history has to offer to the larger historical profession, the business community, and to those who shape the public policy."
Albert Churella, Southern Polytechnic State University Journal of American History