Structuring Consulting Firms

Timothy Morris, Heidi Gardner and Narasimhan Anand

in The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199235049
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Structuring Consulting Firms

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This article demonstrates the structuring of consulting firms. It outlines the central literature on organization structure and then emphasizes the central features of this concept. It then discusses the literature on the structures of consulting firms and professional service firms, before it studies the basis of their distinct structural features and their validity. The next section shows how the literature connects the organizing procedure of consulting firms with micro-level structuring decisions of the consulting team. This article also discusses the literature on the macro-level of structure and the process of structural change that bridges the dynamics of growth and diversification to structural choices.

Keywords: structuring; consulting firms; organization structure; professional service firms; structural features; validity; micro-level structuring decisions; macro-level of structure; growth; diversification

Article.  8360 words. 

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

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