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The performance of authority in organizations: an example from management consulting

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  • Alaric Bourgoin

    (Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Mines ParisTech)

  • Nicolas Bencherki

    (Polytechnic Institute of New York University)

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    Sketches a pragmatist model of authority by studying the case of a consultant faced with the issue of establishing his authority in the actual context of a consulting assignment, and showing how the consultant invokes various “figures” that lend weight to his actions.

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    Paper provided by Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation (CSI), Mines ParisTech in its series CSI Working Papers Series with number 029.

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    Length: 38 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:emn:wpaper:029

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    Keywords: authority; boundaries; consultancy; ethnography; client relationship;

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    1. Philippe Aghion & Jean Tirole, 1994. "Normal and Real Authority in Organizations," Working papers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics 94-13, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
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    6. Bradley G. Jackson, 1996. "Re-Engineering the Sense of Self: the Manager and the Management Guru," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(5), pages 571-590, 09.
    7. Gideon Kunda & Stephen R. Barley & James Evans, 2002. "Why do contractors contract? The experience of highly skilled technical professionals in a contingent labor market," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 55(2), pages 234-261, January.
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