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The Environmental Contingencies Of Knowledge Dissemination: The Case Of Consultancies In International Development

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  • CIUMARA Tudor

    (Romanian Academy)

  • O'MAHONEY Joe

    (Cardiff University)

Abstract

This paper explores the impact of context on forms of knowledge dissemination using secondary data concerning the role of management consultants in international development. It identifies three forms of consultancy intervention (forced, invited, humanitarian) which differ considerably in the power of the client, the knowledge maturity of the consultancy, the frequency and complexity of the project. The combination of these factors, we argue, strongly influences the type of knowledge dissemination found in the different types of projects. It is hypothesised that knowledge transfer will be most common in "forced projects", knowledge translation in "invited projects" and knowledge evolution in "humanitarian projects".

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  • CIUMARA Tudor & O'MAHONEY Joe, 2012. "The Environmental Contingencies Of Knowledge Dissemination: The Case Of Consultancies In International Development," Revista Economica, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Faculty of Economic Sciences, vol. 63(4-5), pages 172-187.
  • Handle: RePEc:blg:reveco:v:63.4-5:y:2012:i:4-5:p:172-187
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    Keywords

    Management consultants; consultancy; management knowledge; diffusion; capitalism.;

    JEL classification:

    • E02 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Institutions and the Macroeconomy
    • E65 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Studies of Particular Policy Episodes
    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other
    • P19 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Other

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