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Preparing Better Consultants: The Role of Academia (Hc) (Research in Management Consulting)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781617356155
  • Publisher: Information Age Publishing
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2011
  • Pages: 290 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.69 x 9.21 x 6.14 inches


A volume in Research in Management Consulting Series Editor Anthony F. Buono, Bentley University This volue focuses on a relatively neglected area of management consulting, the education of consultants. In today's business world, we find training programs provided by consultancies, certification programs provided by professional organizations, on-the-job training of consultants with formal or informal supervision, self-taught professionals, and some academic programs and courses. Is that enough? No, better consultants are needed to handle the complexity and changing nature of business. Academe is in the best position to provide the critical thinking preparation necessary. Yet, academic institutions have been slow in embracing this challenge. The role of academia needs to grow in magnitude and in certain directions that educate consultants beyond industry training practices. Chapter authors provide examples of innovative programs, topical approaches for courses, and thoughtful reflections on the role academia can play in preparing better consultants. There are lessons for business schools, consultancies, and aspiring and practicing consultants.

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