Publisher: Blackwell, 2002, 283 pages
This timely volume provides innovative perspectives on the management advice industry from leading contributors in critical theory, organizational behaviour, sociology, psychology, actor-network theory and narrative analysis. It addresses such fundamental questions as:
The development of interest in the management advice industry, both within the business press and the social sciences, reflects the need to answer these questions. The critical analysis presented here evaluates what management consultants offer as well as investigating the emergence of their industry as a contemporary social phenomenon.
This volume provides the first critical evaluation of the different actors and activities that comprise the management advice sector, and will be invaluable both to those teaching courses in consultancy and to analysts who are trying to make sense of the explosion in the management knowledge industry.
A very interesting book about the management consulting industry and its gurus. It manages to discuss pros and cons of some examples without name-calling (not that they don't deserve some, but this is a very rigorous academic book).
Recommended for anyone that has this field as a specific interest, but better missed by someone who mostly has a generic interest in the field.