Dette er ikke indenfor: Konsulentarbejdets form

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From 2011 to 2020, the global expenditure on "management consulting" is expected to rise from 107 to 158 billion USD. With consulting corporations such as PWC, Boston Consulting and McKinsey, global actors have gained public attention, as they advise corporations, governments and institutions. But what exactly is "management consulting"? One is poised to think of consulting as actions non-grata, as consulting has challenged the historic expertise resting with professors and researchers based in universities, from where they shared their expert findings and insights. In one perspective, consulting is the ugly duckling of true scientific knowledge. The business of consulting changed from truth criteria to market value and penetration: knowledge as commodity.
Such a post-Marxist understanding of consulting empowers the reasoning, as to why consulting as a subject of scientific research in management and developments of theories was not given the attention it as a rising global phenomenon should have been awarded.
In the first section of this paper, I propose a different kind of explanation. The practice of consulting was by the very design of contemporary theories of management poised to be excluded as a marginal phenomenon.
In the second part, I propose a novel perspective on developing theory of consulting as a process of 'dirty distinctions'. Dirty distinctions imply scientific non-coherency, yet generate internal complexity, that can be solved by managerial means and practices. The form of consulting by means of dirty distinctions is, the paper concludes, a coherent practice of negating insides.
Bidragets oversatte titelDette er ikke indenfor: Konsulentarbejdets form
Publikationsdato1 jun. 2019
StatusUdgivet - 1 jun. 2019
BegivenhedEURAM 2019: Exploring the Future of Management - Institutio Universitário de Lisboa, Lissabon, Portugal
Varighed: 26 jun. 201928 jun. 2019


KonferenceEURAM 2019
LokationInstitutio Universitário de Lisboa


  • management