The demise of management consultancy and the rise of the consultant manager?

Professor Andrew Sturdy

Professor Andrew Sturdy, Department of Management

We are all familiar with the popular image of management consultancy as part of a multi-billion dollar industry. Consultants are seen by many as being masters of the universe. And yet their future may be threatened by an increasing trend of managers adopting consultancy practices as their own.

Our recent  research into the changing nature of managerial work details this internalisation of consulting. Management work is becoming less hierarchical (on the surface at least) and more market and change oriented – a sort of hybrid of both old fashioned bureaucracy and its post-modern or chaotic opposite.  Continue reading