Are consultants moving towards professionalization?

Groß, Claudia ; Kieser, Alfred

Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2006
Book title: Professional service firms
The title of a journal, publication series: Research in the Sociology of Organizations
Volume: 24
Page range: 69-100
Publisher: Greenwood, Royston
Place of publication: Amsterdam [u.a.]
Publishing house: Elsevier JAI [u.a.]
ISBN: 978-0-7623-1302-0 , 0-7623-1302-1 , 978-1-84950-407-2
ISSN: 0733-558X
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Organisation (Kieser Em)
Subject: 330 Economics
Subject headings (SWD): Fallstudie , Unternehmensberatung
Abstract: Due to impressive market growth over several decades, consulting can today be regarded as an influential industry. In spite of this success, consulting is confronted with prejudices, which, to some extent, can be linked to difficulties in the evaluation of consulting services. By guaranteeing certain qualification levels, professionalism is generally considered useful for reducing this kind of uncertainty. In this chapter, using a German case as an example, we analyze professionalization efforts among consultants. We argue that these efforts will never be successful if the classical concept of professionalism is applied. However, seen from the perspective of the "new professionalism" that concentrates on work behavior, consultants qualify as highly professional.

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