Critical Consulting: New Perspectives on the Management Advice Industry

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Timothy Clark, Robin Fincham
Wiley, Oct 8, 2001 - Business & Economics - 296 pages
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The critical analysis presented here evaluates what management consultants offer as well as analysing the emergence of their industry as a contemporary social phenomenon.

  • Presents the latest research from the most influential researchers in the field.
  • Takes an inter-disciplinary approach, chapters analyse critical theory, organizational behaviour, sociology, psychology, actor-network theory and narrative analysis.
  • Provides the first critical evaluation of the different actors and activities that comprise the management advice sector.

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Extraordinary and based on facts, Timothy & Robin have indeed helped both consultant and client to avoid the beaten track.
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For researchers on consulting, or academics with an interesting in consulting, a must have. All the major critical authors on consulting represented here. Just remember while reading all the incisive criticism about what's wrong with consulting, that the consultants themselves, who will never own this book, continue to have unabated market success, with annual global revenues estimated by Kennedy Information to have recently topped the $300 billion mark.  

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Timothy Clark is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the University of Durham Business School. He has written or edited seven previous books including Managing Consultants (1995) and has written numerous articles in a range of leading journals. He is also an Assistant Editor of Human Relations.

Robin Fincham is Senior Lecturer at Stirling University. He has written or edited three previous books, including Principles of Organizational Behaviour (1999), now in its third edition.

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