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Institutional Change And The Growth Of Strategy Consulting In The United States

Robert J. David

in The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199235049
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235049.013.0004

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 Institutional Change And The Growth Of Strategy Consulting In The United States

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This article explains how broad institutional changes created chances for early management consulting firms to get legitimacy and resources for their activities. It enumerates five changes, which include the spread of business education and the formation of a large and permanent military-industrial complex during and after the Second World War. It then analyzes strategy consulting as a subset of a larger management consulting industry in the United States, and describes how macro-institutional changes led to a remarkable development of strategy consulting.

Keywords: institutional changes; early management consulting firms; legitimacy; resources; business education; military-industrial complex; strategy consulting; macro-institutional changes

Article.  8446 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Business Strategy

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