Professions And Professionalism In Management Consulting

Ian Kirkpatrick*, Daniel Muzio, Stephen Ackroyd

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This article considers the public concerns on the quality of consulting advice and the costs of failure. It focuses on three main themes that have been prominent in related literature. The first is the question of how far one should define management consulting as a profession or an occupation. The second is about how one should account for weak professionalism, while the third is on the debates about the wider consequences of weak professionalism, especially for the clients who receive consulting services.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191749476
ISBN (Print)9780199235049
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2012


  • Consulting advice
  • Consulting services
  • Costs of failure
  • Management consulting
  • Public concerns
  • Quality
  • Weak professionalism

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