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Transaction cost theory and management consulting: Why do management consultants exist?

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  • Staffan Canback

    (Henley Management College)

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The paper sheds light on two questions, using transaction cost theory: 1) Why do management consultants exist, and 2) why do they organize in independent firms. The paper also contains a history of the management consulting industry.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Industrial Organization with number 9810002.

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Date of creation: 11 Oct 1998
Date of revision: 09 Jan 1999
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:9810002

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Keywords: transaction cost theory; management consulting;

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  1. Todd R. Zenger, 1994. "Explaining Organizational Diseconomies of Scale in R&D: Agency Problems and the Allocation of Engineering Talent, Ideas, and Effort by Firm Size," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 40(6), pages 708-729, June.
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  3. Paroush, Jacob, 1985. "Notes on partnerships in the services sector," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 6(1), pages 79-87, March.
  4. Alfred D. Chandler, 1969. "Strategy and Structure: Chapters in the History of the American Industrial Enterprise," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262530090, December.
  5. Aoki, Masahiko, 1990. "Toward an Economic Model of the Japanese Firm," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 28(1), pages 1-27, March.
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