Consulting Will Never Be The Same Again

Laetitia Vitaud
Jun 15, 2016 · 8 min read
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How did management come to be?

The history of consulting is directly linked to that of management. You may think management has always been around. After all businesses have always been “run”, haven’t they? But it’s not the case: the managers were the owners. Professional management was born after the industrial revolution. The first American business school (the Wharton School) was created in 1881 and management became an academic subject after the 1930s only.

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The emergence of consulting as an industry

The history of consulting is closely related to the professionalization of management and the emergence of a new class of managers in large corporations. But there was one specific political decision that provided consultants with a unique opportunity to turn their business into a mass industry.

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Senator John Sherman from Ohio
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Peter Drucker

The rise of strategy consulting marked the golden age of consultants

Strategy used to be a military subject. Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz made it an intellectual subject for a larger audience when he wrote his treaty On War, which inspired all modern strategists.

  • the development of new technologies (computers first, and then internet) ;
  • the liberalization of capital markets ;
  • globalization.
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Bruce Henderson

The era of big firm consulting may be coming to an end

All the things that made it successful in the 20th century could cause its demise in the 21st.

Conclusion

Consulting is undergoing profound transformations. The archetypical big firm consultant is under threat. Big consulting is coming to an end.

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