- 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 considers the public concerns on the quality of consulting advice and the costs of failure. It focuses on three main themes that have been prominent in related literature. The first is the question of how far one should define management consulting as a profession or an occupation. The second is about how one should account for weak professionalism, while the third is on the debates about the wider consequences of weak professionalism, especially for the clients who receive consulting services.
Ian Kirkpatrick is Professor in Work and Organization at Leeds University Business School and Director of the Leeds Social Science Institute. His research interests are in the effects of new management and employment practices on the role of professionals in public and private services. Ian has published widely in leading journals including, most recently, Public Administration, Work, Employment and Society, and the British Journal of Industrial Relations. He is currently Chair of a Framework 7 European COST Action, focusing on the relationship between medicine and management, and also sub-editor of the British Sociological Association journal, Work, Employment and Society.
Daniel Muzio is Professor of Leadership and Organization at the University of Manchester as well as a visiting professor at Luiss University, in Rome. His research interests include the sociology of the professions, organizational theory, and the management of professional services firms. He has published in several leading management, sociology, and law journals, and co-edited a book Redirections in the Study of Expert Labour: Established Professions and New Expert Occupations for Palgrave Macmillan (2008).
Stephen Ackroyd is Professor Emeritus of Organizational Analysis at University of Lancaster and Honorary Professor at the University of Cardiff (where he now lives). He is perhaps best known for his work with Paul Thomson on organizational misbehaviour. His current research interests are in the reorganization of large British businesses.
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