The Economics and Sociology of Management Consulting


Author: Thomas Armbrüster

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139460226

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 1333

Management consultancy is a key sector in the economic change toward a service and knowledge economy. Originally published in 2006, this book explains the mechanisms of the management consulting market and the management of consulting firms from both economic and sociological perspectives. It also examines the strategies, marketing approaches, knowledge management and human resource management techniques of consulting firms. After outlining the relationships between transaction cost economics, signaling theory, embeddedness theory and sociological neoinstitutionalism, Thomas Armbrüster applies these theories to central questions such as: Why does the consulting sector exist and grow? Which institutions connect supply and demand? And which factors influence the relationship between clients and consultants? By applying both economic and sociological approaches, the book explains the general economic changes of the previous thirty years and sharpens the relationship between the academic disciplines.

The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting


Author: Matthias Kipping,Timothy Clark

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191628093

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 580

View: 6535

Management consultants of various kinds play an important role in the world of business, and within other types of organization. The Oxford Handbook on Management Consulting is a comprehensive overview of thinking and research on management consultancy with contributions from leading international scholars. The first section provides an account of the historical developments in management consulting research, and how current thinking has evolved from prior work. The second section focuses on disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, their diversities, areas of synergy, and parallel concerns. The following sections examine consulting as a knowledge business, consultants and management fashion, and the relationship between management consultants and their clients. The Handbook concludes with an assessment of areas of future research and debate. By bringing together a wide range of research and thinking on management consulting across different disciplines, sub-disciplines, and conceptual approaches, the Handbook provides a comprehensive understanding of both current thinking and future directions for research.

An Introduction to Management Consultancy


Author: Marc Baaij

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446296830

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 600

View: 9773

Whether you are looking to build on your management studies or experience of working in business, you are likely to have come across management consultancy and will need a clear and concise introduction to this area to help you understand its practices and techniques in order to hire and implement management consultancy in the future. This text provides you with these essentials for success in your studies and later industries when working with and not just for consultancy firms. The text is built around learning objectives to empower your understanding of the 'what', 'how', 'when' and 'why' at macro and micro levels of management consultancy and its stakeholders, and provides you with engaging real life examples and extra web materials for study. As well as full courses on management consultancy, this text will be invaluable to your management knowledge and skill-set across strategy, change, analytics, problem-solving, solution implementation and decision-making as applied by the world's top management consulting firms, such as McKinsey & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, and Bain & Company. Visit the companion website Lecturer’s resources Lecturer’s guide Teaching notes per chapter Answer guidance to end-of-chapter questions in book Suggested discussion questions Suggested small group assignments Suggested small group field project Lecture slides Option 1: provide all figures of the book on PowerPoint slides Option 2: create complete PowerPoint presentations for each chapter Exercises Exam questions Discussion forum Student resources Templates for developing logical structures Web resources Consultancy publications Consultancy web site, career page Job application preparation services Consultancy institutions

Management Consulting

Emergence and Dynamics of a Knowledge Industry


Author: Matthias Kipping,Lars Engwall

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191588129

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 282

View: 8586

This volume makes an important contribution to the growing literature on management consulting. It brings together international contributors from a wide variety of backgrounds and draws on recent empirical research from a diverse range of countries, consultancy firms, and client companies. The analysis focuses on three key areas. The first part of the book looks at the emergence and development of the consulting industry in different countries and time periods. The interplay between national systemic context and outside influences is stressed, and the efforts of consultants to become recognized as 'legitimate' knowledge carriers by their clients is highlighted, in competition — and sometimes cooperation — with other suppliers of management knowledge, notably academia. The volume goes on to consider the generation, management, and validation of consulting knowledge by consultancy organizations and management gurus, showing how these activities are influenced not only by the consultancies' own characteristics in terms of size, structure, and national origin, but also by the (national and cultural) context in which they are operating, and by the role of 'gatekeepers', such as book publishers or journalists. The third part of the book focuses on the nature and dynamics of the consultancy-client relationship, focusing especially on the ways in which consultants convince managers of the need to hire outside advisors; on the reaction of those concerned in the client organization towards the consultants' recommendations; and on the methods used by the consultants to overcome the possible reluctance and resistance from within the organization. From a more theoretical point of view, the chapters in this volume also show that research on management consulting has to take into account different levels of analysis: the consulting industry as a whole and its position relative to other knowledge providers such as academia; the specific consultancy organization and its relationships with internal and external sources of knowledge; and the particular consultancy project and notably the interplay between the consultants and the various stakeholders within and outside the client organization.

Business Performance Measurement

Unifying Theory and Integrating Practice


Author: Andy Neely

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052185511X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 511

View: 5796

Major 2007 update of the wide-ranging review of performance measurement, with ten additional chapters covering accounting, marketing, supply-chain management and more.

Management Consultancy and Banking in an Era of Globalization


Author: A. Jones

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403918635

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 213

View: 4139

Management consultancy and investment banking have been held up as industries at the forefront of contemporary globalization. Using an inter-disciplinary approach ranging across economics, economic geography, sociology and management studies, Andrew Jones analyzes the nature of globalization within business service transnational corporations in these sectors. Using qualitative research with leading business managers, he focuses on the social and cultural nature of 'doing' global service business in an era of increasing integration of the world economy.

The Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms


Author: Laura Empson,Robert Hinings,Daniel Muzio,Joseph Broschak

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199682399

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 520

View: 440

overview of contemporary research on PSFs, and suggests

Management and Organization in Germany


Author: Thomas Armbrüster

Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754638803

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 197

View: 4639

This book outlines the relationship between national and organizational culture, empirically investigates forms of organizational culture in Germany and measures their relation to economic performance and innovation. It combines history, political theory and administrative science and conveys management thinking and the current reform issues in Germany to readers from other backgrounds.

Management Consultancy Insights and Real Consultancy Projects


Author: Graham Manville,Olga Matthias,Julian Campbell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317102061

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 262

View: 2558

The field of management consultancy research has grown rapidly in recent years. Fuelled by the drivers of complexity and uncertainty, a growing number of organizations – both profit and third sector alike – are looking at management consultancy to assist in their aims for development and change. Consultants have become a common feature in organizational change initiatives, involved in both providing advice and in implementing ideas and solutions. However, despite this growing recognition and influence, management consultancy is still often misunderstood or criticized for its lack of theoretical underpinning. The book seeks to address these issues by offering applied theoretical insights from academics that both teach and practice management consultancy. Written by recognized experts in their field, the contributors combine original insights with authoritative analysis. Uniquely, this book identifies emerging themes with critical discourse and provides rich empirical case study evidence to show the reader how management consultancy projects are implemented. Real-world international consultancy projects are featured as written up cases featuring organizations from multi-national corporations to the public sector. Written for graduate level managers or those who have practical leadership experience, this book will enable readers to apply management consultancy models beyond a classroom context

Managing Overflow in Affluent Societies


Author: Barbara Czarniawska,Orvar Löfgren

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136325220

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 200

View: 343

“It is simply too much” is a common complaint of the modern age. This book looks at how people and institutions deal with overflow - of information, consumption or choices. The essays explore the ways in which notions of overflow – framed in terms of excess and abundance or their implicit opposites, scarcity and dearth – crop up in a number of contexts such as sociological and economic theory, management consulting, consumer studies, and the politics of everyday life. Chapters range from studies of overload at home, at work or in the world of cyber information; strategies of coping with overflow in institutions such as news agencies; and historical comparisons. When, where, how and for whom is overflow a problem or a blessing?

The Economics of Offsets

Defence Procurement and Coutertrade


Author: Stephen Martin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317836650

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 9018

Despite their growth, outlined and analysed in this book, the claims and counter-claims that surround offsets have not been subjected to critical scrutiny by economists. This book fills that gap. It brings together a team of internationally renowned specialists to document and evaluate the economic impact of several countries' offset policies. In addition, the papers by industrialists and defence officials yield further insights which help to tease out which of the claims made for offsets do not stand critical scrutiny.

The Economics of Art and Culture


Author: James Heilbrun,Charles M. Gray

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521637121

Category: Art

Page: 410

View: 3139

Systematic review of the economics of the arts and performing arts.

The Diffusion and Consumption of Business Knowledge


Author: Jose Luis Alvarez

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349258997

Category: Social Science

Page: 318

View: 5294

In the context of a united Europe the influence of business knowledge has become increasingly relevant, as managers, employees and organisations have to learn new practices and techniques in response to new knowledge and institutions. This book addresses the way in which administrative knowledge is produced, diffused and consumed in Europe by academics, management gurus, publishing houses, consultants and practitioners. It also looks at its impact on European business systems and management practices.

Management as Consultancy

Neo-bureaucracy and the Consultant Manager


Author: Andrew Sturdy,Christopher Wright,Nick Wylie

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316239772

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 1895

The nature of management is changing: managers are becoming more like consultants, focusing on projects, functional integration, change and 'clients'. This timely book is based on a large-scale, international study of new management practices and examines the emergence of consultant managers. It breaks new ground in our understanding of this hybrid role, uncovering working practices, identities and occupational dynamics, to shed light on both management and consultancy. It unpacks the changing relationship between external consultants and management to reveal important implications for the future of consultancy. Both private and public sectors are covered, with a focus on managers in large and multinational organisations such as former consultants and those in specialisms such as human resource management who adopt consulting roles. In addition to advancing our understanding of changes in management, this book offers a demystifying view of consultancy as a whole, from one of the largest ever studies of this occupation.

Accounting and Science

Natural Inquiry and Commercial Reason


Author: Michael Power

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521556996

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 894

This volume is concerned with the intellectual intersections between the history and sociology of science and the history and sociology of accounting. The various chapters describe a broad shift from concerns for the scientific credentials of accounting to a recognition of the constitutive role that accounting plays for science. They explore the links between the ideals of scientific objectivity and different administrative and political values, look at laboratory practice in social context, and evaluate the emerging interest in the economics of science. The volume as a whole considers the implications of accounting for science, particularly given recent initiatives in the industrialized world to make science more accountable.

Critical Consulting

New Perspectives on the Management Advice Industry


Author: Timothy Clark,Robin Fincham

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631218203

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

View: 5770

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.


How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs


Author: Lauren A. Rivera

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400880742

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 5376

Americans are taught to believe that upward mobility is possible for anyone who is willing to work hard, regardless of their social status, yet it is often those from affluent backgrounds who land the best jobs. Pedigree takes readers behind the closed doors of top-tier investment banks, consulting firms, and law firms to reveal the truth about who really gets hired for the nation's highest-paying entry-level jobs, who doesn’t, and why. Drawing on scores of in-depth interviews as well as firsthand observation of hiring practices at some of America’s most prestigious firms, Lauren Rivera shows how, at every step of the hiring process, the ways that employers define and evaluate merit are strongly skewed to favor job applicants from economically privileged backgrounds. She reveals how decision makers draw from ideas about talent—what it is, what best signals it, and who does (and does not) have it—that are deeply rooted in social class. Displaying the "right stuff" that elite employers are looking for entails considerable amounts of economic, social, and cultural resources on the part of the applicants and their parents. Challenging our most cherished beliefs about college as a great equalizer and the job market as a level playing field, Pedigree exposes the class biases built into American notions about the best and the brightest, and shows how social status plays a significant role in determining who reaches the top of the economic ladder.

The Economic Psychology of Incentives

New Ways of Thinking about Executive Rewards


Author: Alexander Pepper

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781137409232

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 150

View: 9559

The intellectual underpinning of much contemporary executive pay practice is to be found in agency theory, made famous by various scholars in the 1970s. Yet standard agency theory has been found wanting in various respect and has been criticised for supporting pay practices which may have contributed to the financial crisis. The Economic Psychology of Incentives proposes a revised theory of agency, drawing on ideas from behavioural economics and built on more robust assumptions about human behaviour than the standard principal-agent model. Incorporating evidence from a unique empirical study of executives from around the world, the book explains the mechanisms which link the performance of an individual senior executive, the performance of other executives who are part of the same top-management team, and corporate performance. The book proposes new design principles for executive pay, but also explains the difficulties in changing current executive pay practices.

The Economics and Politics of Accounting

International Perspectives on Research Trends, Policy, and Practice


Author: Anthony G. Hopwood

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199286782

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 404

View: 8605

Accounting and the role of accountants has permeated the modern societies. For the most part we have accepted the impartiality and objectivity of accounting and not recognized how accounting systems are embedded in a country's economic and legal framework, much of which is in turn shaped by political processes. This web of interactions results in complex economic and political questions which require accounting researchers to focus on several related trends: information economics, regulatory economics, sociology, and political science. Although considerable progress has been made in the field of accounting, many fundamental questions are still subject to debate. In this book leading international scholars address a number of important questions: DT What is the role of accounting in security valuation, decision making and contracting? DT What can we learn from economics-based research in accounting? DT What is the role of auditing and how can accounting standards be enforced? DT What are the cost and benefits of accounting and disclosure regulation? DT What is the role of accounting in society? DT How does lobbying affect the political process of standard setting? DT What are the consequences of the internationalization of standard setting? This seminal book will be of interest to academics, researchers, and graduate students of Accounting, Finance, Business Studies, Sociology, and Political Economy.