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An Introduction to Management Consultancy Hardcover – 15 December 2013

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In this book, Baaij effectively captures the breadth of the field, from the normative pull of a true “helping” role to the critical depiction of management consultants as little more than masters of rhetoric skilled at organizational sorcery. The volume contains myriad insights into consultancy’s micro- and macro-level dynamics, from individual consultants and their roles, responsibilities and expectations, to the competitive realities of consultancies and the knowledge management challenges of our post-industrial age, to the nature and nuances of consulting projects. The book will be equally valuable for those interested in entering the consulting industry as well as new managers for whom working with consultants is a novel experience. Baaij is to be commended for providing sufficient insight into the dynamics underlying management consulting that readers will come away with a much richer understanding of this complex, ambiguous domain.

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Marc Baaij is an associate professor of strategic management at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Previously he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as manager of research and strategy consultant. Marc specialises in methods and techniques for strategy development and implementation, with a focus on stakeholder management and strategic foresight development. He has written professional books and scientific articles on strategic management, management consultancy, and structured problem solving. Besides teaching bachelor, master, and MBA students, Marc also provides open and in-company training in structured problem-solving and communication for managers, consultants, and other business professionals. He also serves as a soundboard for managers in cases of strategy development and implementation. Marc holds a master's degree in economics and is a PhD in strategic management.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ SAGE Publications Ltd; 1st edition (15 December 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 600 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 144625612X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1446256121
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.05 x 4.45 x 23.5 cm
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Marc Baaij is an associate professor of strategy at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He is engaged in graduate and executive education as well as scientific research. Marc also coaches managers on real-world strategy projects. He has authored many articles for scientific and professional journals, as well as professional titles and textbooks on the strategy and problem-solving methods used by top-tier consultants. Marc has previously been a strategy consultant and a research manager at The Boston Consulting Group. He has also worked for IBM, and holds degrees in economics and strategy.

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