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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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  • Staffan Canback, 1998. "Transaction cost theory and management consulting: Why do management consultants exist?," Industrial Organization 9810002, EconWPA, revised 15 Nov 2002.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:9810002
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    Keywords

    transaction cost theory; management consulting;

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    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

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