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Exploring The Role of Management Consultancies in Innovating Management Practices

Grant reference: RES-331-27-0071

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Commodifying the commodifiers : the impact of procurement on management knowledge
Current conceptualizations of the commodification of management knowledge prioritise the agency of knowledge producers, such as consultancies, but downplay the role of other actors such as intermediaries. Using a qualitative multi-method study of the role of procurement in sourcing consultancy knowledge, we demonstrate how intermediaries also commodify management knowledge, thereby limiting the exchange value of that knowledge. Through our analysis we develop a more sophisticated model of the processes and consequences of knowledge commodification. This model clarifies and extends prior research by highlighting the role of commensuration, comparison and valuation, as well as the related tactics that consultants and client managers use to resist procurement’s attempts to commodify management knowledge.
English

Primary contributor

Author Joseph O'Mahoney

Additional contributors

Co-author Stefan Heusinkveld
Co-author Chris Wright

Additional details

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0022-2380
This has been accepted and is forthcoming in March 2013
Blackwell Publishing
01 March 2013
Paperback
Oxford
Pre-print
Journal of management studies