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Against the backdrop of globalisation, outsourcing and changing work practices what is the future for the independent management consultant?

Gilligan, Barbara (2006) Against the backdrop of globalisation, outsourcing and changing work practices what is the future for the independent management consultant? Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The world of work has changed quite dramatically in recent years and this is having an impact on the world of consultancy. This primary aim of this research is to identify whether in the midst of all the changes there is a future for the independent management consultant.

The research attempts to explore why companies engage consultants, what they look for in a consultant, how they select the consultant and the advantages and disadvantages of hiring independent consultants. It then discusses opportunities and threats and forms a view regarding the future for the independent management consultant.

The literature relevant to the research question and published at this time is reviewed and discussed. The methods used in conducting research are critically appraised and those chosen for this research outlined. The research is then analysed with the literature. The results found are discussed and recommendations made.

The research reveals that clients place great value on the attributes of high calibre independent management consultants and the relationships they build with them. While they do see the big consultancy firms as a threat in some regards, they consider the inherent attributes of the independent consultant to be a key strength and the niche market to be a major source of opportunity in the future.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions > Globalisation
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Management Outsourcing
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Aisling Gorby
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2010 08:21
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2014 12:10
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/83

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