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date: 14 August 2020

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This article explains how broad institutional changes created chances for early management consulting firms to get legitimacy and resources for their activities. It enumerates five changes, which include the spread of business education and the formation of a large and permanent military-industrial complex during and after the Second World War. It then analyzes strategy consulting as a subset of a larger management consulting industry in the United States, and describes how macro-institutional changes led to a remarkable development of strategy consulting.

Keywords: institutional changes, early management consulting firms, legitimacy, resources, business education, military-industrial complex, strategy consulting, macro-institutional changes

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