- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Notes on the Contributors
- Researching Management Consulting: An Introduction to the Handbook
- The Engineering Origins Of the Consulting Industry And its Long Shadow
- Human Relations And Management Consulting: Elton Mayo And Eric Trist
- Institutional Change And The Growth Of Strategy Consulting In The United States
- Cuckoo in the Nest? the Rise of Management Consulting in Large Accounting Firms
- It Consulting And Outsourcing Firms: Evolution, Business Models, And Future Prospects
- Sociological Perspectives On Management Consulting
- Consultants In Context: Global Dominance, Societal Effect, And The Capitalist System
- Professions And Professionalism In Management Consulting
- Economics Approaches To Management Consulting
- The Geographies Of Management Consultancy Firms
- Knowledge Management And Management Consulting
- Consultants And Organization Concepts
- Structuring Consulting Firms
- Managing Consultants: Control And Identity
- Consultants In The Management Fashion Arena
- Management Gurus As Celebrity Consultants
- Business Schools And Consultancies: The Blurring Of Boundaries
- The Nature Of Client–Consultant Interaction: A Critical Review
- The Client In The Client–Consultant Relationship
- Consultants And Clients From Constructivist Perspectives
- Governments And Management Consultants: Supply, Demand, And Effectiveness
- The Future Research Agenda
- Consulting And Ethics
- Gender In Consulting: A Review And Research Agenda
- Management Consulting In Developing And Emerging Economies: Towards A Postcolonial Perspective
Abstract and Keywords
This article explores the role of organization concepts in management consulting work. It differentiates the supply-side perspective from the demand-side perspective, and discusses the different approaches that focus on the former. It then provides a review of related literature, where consultants are considered as important ‘knowledge entrepreneurs’ in the market for management solutions. It then turns to the demand side of the concept development process. This article also emphasizes the need to focus more on the interaction between the supply and demand sides of the market for management solutions in future research.
Stefan Heusinkveld is Associate Professor at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His research concentrates on the production and consumption of management ideas and, in particular, the role of management consultants and management gurus. Stefan's work has appeared in various journals such as Organization Studies, Human Relations, Management Learning, Information and Management, Technovation, Quality and Quantity, and Journal of Organizational Change Management. His book on knowledge-based innovation in consultancies will be published by Routledge in 2012.
Jos Benders holds the Chair of Organization Concepts at Tilburg University and is a Guest Professor at the Centre for Sociological Research of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His research interests include (fashionable) organization concepts, new technology in organizations, ‘lean’ management in health care, self-directed work teams, and late medieval coinage in the Low Countries. He is co-author and author of a wide range of publications, and has published in such journals as Human Relations, Information and Management, Journal of Management Studies, Numismatic Chronicle, and Organization.
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