The Economics and Sociology of Management Consulting


Author: Thomas Armbrüster

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139460226

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 2650

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: 3914

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.

Management Consultancy


Author: Joe O'Mahoney

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199577188

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 410

View: 3399

"Providing a balance between critical analysis and practical skills, Management Consultancy provides insights into industry trends, client engagements and consultancy careers, to ensure you have all the information and guidance you require to become a successful management consultant." --Book Jacket.

Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship in Professional Services


Author: Markus Reihlen,Andreas Werr

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1781009104

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 424

View: 8351

ÔProfessional service firms are critical agents of contemporary economies and understanding them has become a central focus of recent scholarship. This very timely and well organized Handbook brings together several leading scholars who explore how we might think and theorize about professional service firms and their entrepreneurial behaviours. The Handbook will become a key source for the growing community of researchers in this area.Õ Ð Royston Greenwood, University of Alberta, Canada ÔFor too long, both researchers and practitioners have presumed that professional service firms follow the status quo when they should better understand how these professionals set the rules for globalization. This Handbook reminds us that professionals are as much the shock-troops of capitalism as the multinational corporations that they serve. As this Handbook shows, the leading firms successfully compete with each other by fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in order to service an institutional system that undergirds the international economy.Õ Ð Christopher McKenna, University of Oxford, UK Professional services are increasingly seen as an important foundation for future economic growth and prosperity. Yet research on innovative and entrepreneurial processes in professional services has been surprisingly scarce. This Handbook provides a collection of original contributions from leading scholars outlining the current stock of knowledge in the area as well as providing directions for further research. The expert contributors discuss entrepreneurship and innovation from a number of different perspectives, including the entrepreneurial professional team, the entrepreneurial firm and the institutional environment. The first part of the book looks at the challenges of entrepreneurship specific to the professional service firm while the second explores the creation and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities in the professional service team. Part III turns to the organization and Part IV to the management and growth of the entrepreneurial professional service firm. The final part discusses the interplay between professions, firms and the institutional environment. Researchers, scholars and PhD students in the areas of entrepreneurship and professional service firms along with advanced students of management will find this volume of great value.

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: 1776

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.

Management Consultancy and Banking in an Era of Globalization


Author: A. Jones

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403918635

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 213

View: 5954

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.

An Introduction to Management Consultancy


Author: Marc Baaij

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited

ISBN: 9781446256121

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 600

View: 4981

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

Wertschöpfung durch Management Consulting

Research in Progress


Author: Werner Fröhlich,Maja Laumann

Publisher: Rainer Hampp Verlag

ISBN: 3866185596

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 171

View: 7286

Wertschöpfung durch Management Consulting´ ist das Themenfeld der ersten beiden Studiengruppen im Rahmen des forschungsorientierten Weiterbildungsstudiums mit integrierter Promotion, das die for Advanced Research Studies in Kooperation mit der Universität Flensburg seit Anfang 2008 anbietet. Die in diesen Band als ´Research in Progress´ aufgenommenen Beiträge erlauben einen aktuellen Blick in laufende Projekte der Studierenden und ermöglichen bereits in einem frühen Forschungsstadium eine kritische Diskussion. Die Forschungsarbeiten fokussieren auf das Themenfeld, sind trotzdem breit gefächert und berücksichtigen Fragestellungen mit praktischer Relevanz und erkennbarem Forschungsdefizit. Forschungspartner und an der Themenstellung Interessierte sind zu einem Dialog herzlich eingeladen. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Werner Fröhlich (Dipl.-Ing., Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing.) ist Gründungspräsident der, Inhaber der Professur für Weiterbildungs- und Hochschulmanagement und Direktor des Internationalen Institutes für Management der Universität Flensburg. 1999-2005 war er Präsident der Donau-Universität Krems/Österreich, der einzigen staatlichen Weiterbildungsuniversität Europas. Zuvor arbeitete Prof. Fröhlich u.a. im Personalmanagement bei BMW und Audi sowie mehrere Jahre in Lehre und Forschung an der Universität St. Gallen. / Maja Laumann (M.A., MA) leitet das Research Management und ist Geschäftsführerin des Research Committees der Nach ihrem Studium der Soziologie, Psychologie und Journalistik an den Universitäten Leipzig, Teesside/GB und Warwick/GB war Frau Laumann als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Forschungsfeld Personalwirtschaft an der Technischen Universität Dresden sowie freiberuflich im Trainingsbereich tätig. Sie beschäftigt sich insbesondere auch mit ´Forschungsmethodik und dem Verfassen wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten´ sowie mit Forschungssupervision.

The Economics of Enough

How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters


Author: Diane Coyle

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400838110

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 5576

The world's leading economies are facing not just one but many crises. The financial meltdown may not be over, climate change threatens major global disruption, economic inequality has reached extremes not seen for a century, and government and business are widely distrusted. At the same time, many people regret the consumerism and social corrosion of modern life. What these crises have in common, Diane Coyle argues, is a reckless disregard for the future--especially in the way the economy is run. How can we achieve the financial growth we need today without sacrificing a decent future for our children, our societies, and our planet? How can we realize what Coyle calls "the Economics of Enough"? Running the economy for tomorrow as well as today will require a wide range of policy changes. The top priority must be ensuring that we get a true picture of long-term economic prospects, with the development of official statistics on national wealth in its broadest sense, including natural and human resources. Saving and investment will need to be encouraged over current consumption. Above all, governments will need to engage citizens in a process of debate about the difficult choices that lie ahead and rebuild a shared commitment to the future of our societies. Creating a sustainable economy--having enough to be happy without cheating the future--won't be easy. But The Economics of Enough starts a profoundly important conversation about how we can begin--and the first steps we need to take.

Management and Organization in Germany


Author: Thomas Armbrü ster,Thomas Armbrüster

Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754638803

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 197

View: 9104

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.

Globale Managementberatung

Bedingungen, Versprechen, Enttäuschungen und Alternativen


Author: Michael Faust

Publisher: Rainer Hampp Verlag

ISBN: 3866189788

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 4459

Die Managementberatung, verknüpft vor allem mit ihren großen Namen, ist der Inbegriff der Globalisierung. Die Beratungsfirmen sind in allen wichtigen Ländern der Welt präsent und versprechen, ihren Kunden das weltweit beste Managementwissen maßgeschneidert auf ihre Probleme zur Verfügung zu stellen. Globalität ist für sie Notwendigkeit und Versprechen zugleich. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes zeigen am Beispiel der spezifischen Phase der internationalen Ausdehnung der Managementberatung nach Mittel-Ost-Europa nach 1990, dass die großen, schon internationalisierten Beratungsfirmen tatsächlich erhebliche Reputations- und Vernetzungsvorteile gegenüber den kleineren und mittleren Beratungsfirmen aufweisen. Aber auch kleineren und mittleren Firmen gelingen oft erste Internationalisierungsschritte, indem sie ihren vorhandenen Kunden in die neuen Länder folgen, seltener aber die echte Niederlassung. Der Vergleich zwischen dieser Expansionsphase nach der Öffnung Mitteleuropas und dem Regimewechsel in Spanien nach der Franco-Ära zeigt, dass die internationale Expansion sowohl von der institutionellen und kulturellen Aufnahmefähigkeit des Ziellandes als auch von der relationalen und strukturellen Einbettung vor allem über Kundenbeziehungen abhängt. Die Analyse der internen Steuerung der global tätigen Managementberatungen macht deutlich, dass das 'Best Practice'-Versprechen vor allem eine gepflegte Rationalitätsfassade ist. Dies hat Konsequenzen auch für die kritische Management - und Beratungsforschung, die die globalen Beratungsfirmen als einheitlich agierende Agenten der 'neoliberalen Heimsuchung' charakterisiert. Dass auch große, börsennotierte Unternehmen ohne Berater auskommen (können), gibt schließlich Hinweise auf funktionale Äquivalente zur externen, kommerziellen Beratung, die international tätige Firmen entdecken und für organisationales Lernen fruchtbar machen können. PD Dr. Michael Faust, Jahrgang 1952, arbeitet am Soziologischen Forschungsinstitut (SOFI) Göttingen und unterrichtet Soziologie an der Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Göttingen. Er forscht über Management, Managementberatung, Kapitalmärkte und börsennotierte Unternehmen in komparativer Perspektive.

Management Consultancy Insights and Real Consultancy Projects


Author: Graham Manville,Olga Matthias,Julian Campbell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317102061

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 262

View: 548

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


How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs


Author: Lauren A. Rivera

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400880742

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 3283

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 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: 2431

overview of contemporary research on PSFs, and suggests

Social Capital

Reaching Out, Reaching In


Author: Viva Ona Bartkus,James H. Davis

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1848445962

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 2190

For this book Bartkus and Davis assembled the social capital equivalent of the New York Yankees slugger s row of the 1950s, recruiting some of the best Hall of Fame hitters around along with a number of future stars still early in their careers. The result is a good reflection of the current state of the literature on social capital. Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University, US Social capital is widely used and sometimes mis-used by scholars, policymakers, and the general public. The time has come for thoughtful reflection, synthesis, and informed criticism regarding this important concept. Bartkus and Davis have developed a ground-breaking collection of essays exploring the ideas and evidence underpinning social capital. Denise M. Rousseau, Carnegie Mellon University, US At heart, social capital is a simple concept that relationships matter. Bartkus and Davis foster a vibrant debate among leading scholars as to the critical definition, creation, and consequences of social capital. I commend Bartkus and Davis for their interdisciplinary efforts, for there is no more important challenge facing the social sciences today than the exploration of trust and social capital in our society. Father Theodore Hesburgh, University of Notre Dame, US Social capital has taken the social sciences by storm yet remains fraught with controversy. Despite its complexity and conceptual difficulties, the persistent interest in social capital arises from the fact that it helps us make sense of why people do what they do. This book showcases new innovative research in economics, politics, sociology, and management regarding the topic. Leading scholars from a variety of disciplines present ground-breaking new research exploring the still-undiscovered value of social capital. The book employs a self-consciously multi-disciplinary approach to address two objectives: reaching out and reaching in. Through theoretical and empirical scholarship, the authors explore the many contexts in which the phenomenon can have impact. In effect, social capital research reaches out to issues of economic well-being, civic participation, educational achievement, knowledge and norm formation, and competitive advantage. Further, the authors investigate the many connections between the core themes of social capital and the pillars on which it rests, including structural networks, cognition, relationships and trust. This book is fundamentally about bridging bridging across disciplines, units of analysis, and themes. Scholars, students, and other interested readers from the social sciences and management will find this book challenging and illuminating.

Constructing Social Research

The Unity and Diversity of Method


Author: Charles C. Ragin,Lisa M. Amoroso

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412960185

Category: Social Science

Page: 235

View: 9912

Constructing Social Research: The Unity and Diversity of Method, Second Edition is a concise, innovative text designed for Research Methods courses in the Social Sciences. The main goal of this Sociology for a New Century Series text is to show unity within the diversity of activities called social research. The first part of the book tackles questions like “What is social research?” “How does it differ from journalism, documentary film-making, or laboratory research in the natural sciences?” and “What is the researcher’s obligation to those he or she is studying?” The book also covers the how the various goals of social researchers shape the strategies they use and the representations of social life they construct. The latter part of the book is structured around the typical emphases of each tradition: qualitative research on commonalities, comparative research on diversity, and quantitative research on relationships among variables. These are not rigid divisions and research designs often blend aspects of each tradition in creative ways. Regardless of the approach, the process of representing social life through research involves a dialogue of ideas (“theory”) and evidence (“data”). The model of social research put forth by Ragin and Amoroso is not as restrictive as the scientific method and encompasses social research ranging from research examining the complexities of everyday life to research investigating the power of transnational processes.

Marketing Your Consulting Or Professional Services


Author: David Karlson

Publisher: Boom Koninklijke Uitgevers

ISBN: 9780931961403

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 107

View: 2649

A tactical handbook for management consultants and other professionals who want to learn how to market their services successfully.

Attention Sociology Cf. Attention Economy

Attention is rare resource.


Author: Hae Jun Park

Publisher: Becksam


Category: Social Science

Page: 160

View: 2140

Attention Sociology: Attention is rare resource. Introduction Notice I used Google Translator, so this book is written in Broken English. If you want, you can read original Korean version. This book is influenced by "The Attention Economy: Understanding the New Currency of Business" written by Thomas H. Davenport and John C. Beck. Main Topic ▶ Attention becomes one of the most important capital. In this book, I will review the reason why capital may be able to include Attention. Summary ▶ Quest have been made in various fields for the money until now. Economics who studies the flow of money is typical. However, The Attention, and rare as money, it is considered a capital. I think, therefore, new scholarship to study whether to manage how they distribute this important resource. Also, I believe that to study in the capital of Attention is, and can provide a new perspective to look at the social phenomenon. For example, in the case of a counter problem or bullying, by analyzing the exchange surfaces are displayed among students of Attention Resource, to whom negative Attention is concentrated, who live in the indifference of the same age it can be known that it is. ㆍ counter bullying problem is to be understood in a competitive market to acquire a kind of positive Attention Resource When this happens. Therefore, to solve the problem of this competitive market, that rather than appeal to ought ethics, such as "not if turning quote", that is partitioned equally class within the Attention Resource is valid possible. Rich seems to reduce the inequality of the receiving portion more the benefits of welfare poor by issuing more tax in the economy of money though. In order to provide a scaffold for display to the capital this Attention, how is the "mental effort of human beings" Attention is rare I am, it would be useful, to see theoretically I think I try to see. Attention is very useful in itself if, if they have been extremely limited, evidence can be seen in any of the social capital Attention is also available. Will be described in conjunction with the circumstances of modern many information technology, capitalism, such as the mass media sociology, psychology, and behavioral economics, but at the end of the certification process, we continue to live the modern what Attention Get to know that it is the capital and the most rare for them, precious. → Attention Economy Theory is the purpose of this book. Chapter Introduction ▶ In order to unravel this story, this book consists of nine chapters large. First, in Chapters 1 and 2, it is intended to examine the findings of behavioral economics. Then, it is intended to clarify that that can be re-interpreted interchangeably theoretical results of this study, to derive the resource invisible named "Attention" in the process. In Chapters 3 and 4, it is intended to cover the flooding phenomenon of information. The crucial which was most constraining this information Pollution is what, it is to be demonstrated using cognitive psychology. In Chapters 5 and 6, in modern capitalism is highly developed, to be interpreted on the basis of the theory of evolutionary psychology Maslow what the most important thing that determines the well-being of human beings. Chapter 9 of the last, new academic on the basis of those discussed so far, to study the distribution of Attention Resource to emphasize the need.

The Public Life of the Arts in America


Author: Joni M. Cherbo,Joni Maya Cherbo,Margaret Jane Wyszomirski

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813527680

Category: Art

Page: 275

View: 534

Art and entertainment constitute America's second-largest export. Most Americans—96%, to be exact—are somehow involved in the arts, whether as audience participants, hobbyists, or via broadcast, recording, video, or the Internet. The contribution of the arts to the U.S. economy is stunning: the nonprofit arts industry alone contributes over 857 billion dollars per year, and America's fine and performing arts enjoy world-class status. Despite its size, quality, and economic impact, the arts community is not articulate about how they serve public interests, and few citizens have an appreciation of the myriad of public policies that influence American arts and culture. The contributors to this volume argue that U.S. policy can—and should—support the arts and that the arts, in turn serve a broad rather than an elite public. Indeed, increased support for the arts and culture equals good economic and trade policy; it also contributes to the quality of life and community, and helps sustain the creativity of American artists and organizations. By encouraging policy-makers to systematically start investigating the crucial role and importance of all of the arts in the United States, The Arts and Public Purpose moves the field forward with fresh ideas, new concepts, and important new data.