Management Consultants Don’t Spread Ideas

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A new study says management consultants are more project managers and less innovators than is commonly believed.

The popular impression that management consultants are key to spreading new ideas in organisations is exaggerated and misleading, according to a unique fly-on-the-wall study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The consultant's image as an expert outsider bringing new knowledge or understanding to clients is firmly contradicted by findings from the three-year long project led by Professor Andrew Sturdy, of Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick.

I know some of you are management consultants, or have used them in the past. I'd be interested to hear what you think… do you agree with the findings of this study?