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Partners and plagiarisers: Dualities in consultants’ influence on organisational change projects

Partners and plagiarisers: Dualities in consultants’ influence on organisational change projects

Shaw, David ORCID: 0000-0002-8247-6162 (2019) Partners and plagiarisers: Dualities in consultants’ influence on organisational change projects. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 32 (1). pp. 51-66. ISSN 0953-4814 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-01-2018-0011)

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Abstract

Purpose:
This paper examines the interplay between the requirements for successful organisational change and the imperatives faced by management consultancy firms in running successful businesses, and how this interplay affects the ways in which management consultants influence organisational change projects.

Approach:
The paper reviews literature on management consultancy and organisational change over the past 30 years to identify insights into this issue.

Findings:
The paper shows that business imperatives faced by management consultancy firms affect the ways in which consultants influence organisational change projects. It shows how management consultants aspire to form strategic partnerships with their clients in order to win profitable business, and to plagiarise established organising practices and change management methods in defining their services in order to manage their costs. It illustrates how these aspirations give rise to a number of dualities that consultants face in undertaking organisational change projects.

Value:
Only limited research has been carried out into the ways in which the business imperatives of management consultancy firms interact with the requirements for successful organisational change in shaping the influence that management consultants have on organisational change projects. This article demonstrates the significance of this issue and suggests directions for future research into it.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Management consultants, organisational change projects, partnership, plagiarism, dualities, organisational politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 10:01
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22034

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