Management Consultancy provides a comprehensive introduction to the consulting industry, bringing together, for the first time, a number of competing and complementary perspectives on the consulting industry into one book. The text begins with the presentation of a theoretical underpinning, before outlining how to carry out management consultancy, and providing guidance on entering the industry. This insightful text equips students with the information and skills necessary to become a successful management consultant and enables them to gain a greater understanding of how the industry works, as well as the nature of the job itself. Students are encouraged to discuss and debate issues in order to develop critical analysis skills, and the inclusion of practitioner insights throughout the text ensures that there are ample opportunities for understanding how the theory may or may not transfer through to practice. The book is accompanied by an online resource centre providing additional resources for both students and lecturers.
For lecturers: PowerPoint slides Exercise solutions Case answers Suggested group projects Suggested discussion questions For students: Links to useful websites Glossary of terms On-line versions of the appendices (facts and figures about the industry, extended bibliography, IBC code of ethics) Additional chapter on Typical Clients
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; SECTION 1 THE DESCRIPTIVE PERSPECTIVE; 2. The Consulting Industry; 3. Types of Management Consulting; SECTION 2 THE PRACTITIONER PERSPECTIVE; 4. Clients; 5. The Consulting Life-Cycle; 6. Consulting Tools, Skills, and Techniques; 7. Running a Consultancy; SECTION 3 THE CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE; 8. Critical Themes in Consulting; 9. The Ethics of Consultancy; SECTION 4 THE CAREER PERSPECTIVE; 10. The Consultancy Career; 11. Case Interviews
Joe O'Mahoney is Lecturer in Organization Studies at Cardiff University Business School. Prior to this he was Lecturer in Organization and Technology at Lancaster University. Joe has held a number of positions in industry including the role of Senior Business Consultant at 3G Mobile where he was involved with the start up of the company. Joe was also Director and Co-founder of Stay Mobile, Technology Ltd, a company that develops and leases a product for recharging mobile phones in public places. Joe's areas of expertise are change management and consultancy, including innovation and entrepreneurship, cultural change, new product development, and systems design.