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    Management consultancy and organizational uncertainty: The case of internal consultancy


    Sturdy, AJ, Wylie, N & Wright, C, 2013, ‘Management consultancy and organizational uncertainty: The case of internal consultancy’. International Studies of Management and Organization, vol 43., pp. 58-73


    This study analyzes one of the most neglected dimensions of uncertainty
    in the field of management consultancy—the fragile existence of consulting
    organizations and organizational units. Drawing on interview data from internal
    consulting units, the authors ask what the key sources of organizational uncertainty
    are that consultant actors face and how these actors address them. In doing so, a
    fourth, organizational, form of uncertainty is added to those already established
    in studies of consulting (namely, product, relationship, and institutional
    uncertainty). The findings also improve our understanding of uncertainty in the
    broader theoretical context of professionalization through non-traditional means
    by raising questions about the stability of securing legitimacy as a “corporate

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