- 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 demonstrates the structuring of consulting firms. It outlines the central literature on organization structure and then emphasizes the central features of this concept. It then discusses the literature on the structures of consulting firms and professional service firms, before it studies the basis of their distinct structural features and their validity. The next section shows how the literature connects the organizing procedure of consulting firms with micro-level structuring decisions of the consulting team. This article also discusses the literature on the macro-level of structure and the process of structural change that bridges the dynamics of growth and diversification to structural choices.
Keywords: structuring, consulting firms, organization structure, professional service firms, structural features, validity, micro-level structuring decisions, macro-level of structure, growth, diversification
Timothy Morris is Professor of Management Studies at the University of Oxford and a Programme Director in the Centre for Corporate Reputation. His current work on reputation focuses on the processes of reputation production and maintenance in consulting firms and links to his interests in innovation, change, and decision-making in professional service firms. Timothy's research has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies.
Heidi Gardner is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School. Her research examines the design of knowledge-intensive work. She has published articles in the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Organizational Behavior, and several chapters in edited volumes. Before academia, Gardner worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Co. in London, Johannesburg, and New York. She earned a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from London Business School.
N. Anand is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at IMD, Lausanne. His research interests include professional service firms, organizational design, institutional change, and the regulation of emotion in social networks.
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