- 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 takes a look at consultants in management fashions and the role/s that they play in this context. It describes a number of characteristics of management fashions that are stated in the existing literature, and then identifies the different players in the ‘management fashion arena’. The next section emphasizes how the different particularities and circumstances of fashions and consulting services combine and eventually lead to a new demand of consulting services and management fashions. It also studies the nature of the rhetoric that helps consultants establish management concepts as universal remedies and fashions. Finally, it examines some present developments on the part of clients and their potential influence on the effectiveness and power of the consultants' strategies.
Nicole Jung is Professor of Business Administration at Deutsche Bundesbank University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Her most recent work focuses on client–consultant relationships. Further research interests include organizational behaviour, management fashions, human resource management, and power and control. Nicole graduated in Business Administration and British and American Studies. She received her doctoral degree from Mannheim University in 2010 and was Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.
Alfred Kieser is Full Professor of Management and Vice President of Research at Zeppelin University at Friedrichshafen, Germany. He studied business administration and sociology at the University of Cologne and the Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh. In 1968, he received his doctoral degree in business administration from the University of Cologne, Germany. From 1974 to 1977, he was Full Professor of Personnel Administration and Organizational Behavior at the Free University of Berlin, and from 1977 to 2010, he was Full Professor of Organizational Behavior at Mannheim University. His research interests include the history of organization, organizational evolution, cross-cultural comparisons of organizations, management fashions, consulting, organizational learning, and systems for management education in different cultures. He has published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Management Inquiry, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Organization, and in German journals. He has published two textbooks on organizational theory (in German), one is now in its sixth, the other in its fifth edition. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Munich and from Corvimus University, Budapest, and is a member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.
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