Practice what you preach: how consultants frame management concepts as enacted practice

S. Heusinkveld, Klaasjan Visscher

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Abstract

To contribute to the understanding of management knowledge commodification, this research explores how management consultants frame management concepts as enacted practice. Despite the recognition of consultants as important knowledge entrepreneurs, little academic research considers how they understand the enactment of commodified forms of management knowledge in relation to their assignments. Drawing on a practice-based perspective and 64 in-depth interviews with management consultants, this study identifies key framing moves related to dispositional and interactive-situational dimensions, that consultants use to make sense of and justify the possible translations of management concepts in their assignments. These framing moves provide a broader theoretical understanding of relevant processes that shape management knowledge commodification and clarify important preconditions that may limit possible alternative interpretations of concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-297
JournalScandinavian journal of management
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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  • IR-83649

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