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quinta-feira, 19 de fevereiro de 2009

Birkbeck Institute for Social Research : strategic consultation


Birkbeck Institute for Social Research


Work in Progress Workshop


Andrew Jones   'Telling Global Stories: improvisations and local adaption in strategy consultation'


The development of the global informational economy has increased the demand for a huge range of professional services as firms in almost all industries seek to expand their operations into new markets. A key professional service in the process is strategic management consultancy. Once a small, niche sub-sector of the management consultancy industry, strategy consultancy has developed into a significant segment of the management consultancy sector with specialist strategy firms growing in both size and number. This shift is important because strategy consultancies are key repositories of specialised knowledge that form the basis for influential advice which is ‘purchased’ by senior management and other key decision-makers in positions of power within leading firms in the global economy. This paper argues that the development of this sub-sector within the global management consultancy industry is playing a crucial role in shaping the nature of corporate globalization in the contemporary global economy. It considers the nature of this knowledge, arguing that the strategic advice offered by strategic consultants is formed in a contested discursive arena. It argues, however, that this discursive arena is one where consultants draw on a range of knowledge resources  in formulating advice (which also exist at a variety of scales), and that advice is improvised and adapted through process of negotiation with client firms in a manner that is shaped by ‘local’ contexts. It illustrates these arguments with reference to research into the operations of strategic consultancies in Europe and North America.


Wednesday 25th February   3.30 - 5pm  Room 152  Birkbeck Main Building


Free - all welcome - no registration

 


Julia Eisner

Administrator

Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Birkbeck Institute for Social Research 

Birkbeck, University of London

Malet Street

London WC1E 7HX


T:  (0) 20 3073 8363

F:  (0) 20 3073 8359

E:  j.eisner@bbk.ac.uk  


 


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