How Has Management Consultancy Changed Over The Years?

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In the past, management was never really considered to be a singular field of study. Of course, a business could never exist without management; no matter how good or bad it may have been. But years and years ago management was never made singular and dissected in the way it is today.  As the years have gone on, there has been a colossal influx of management consultancies and a huge level of significance has been placed on this field. This started in 1886 with the first management consultancy, founded in America. It wasn’t until the 1950s and onwards whereby management consultancy in the UK really began to find its place.

As you may expect not only did these consultancies develop but so did the practices that the consultants used. The industry flourished as the years progressed. One significant development worth mentioning is when the seeds were sewn for strategic management in 1970, as this is a methodology very much witnessed today. You will see consultants come into a company and they will begin with determining the mission of the business and their vision for the future – essentially their objectives and their goals. They will then start to engage in the development of different plans, projects, programs, and policies and alike in order to get them on the right track to achieving their vision. A lot of consultants actually use a scorecard in order to assess where the company is now and then where they are on the path to achieving their objectives. This is a commonly used procedure nowadays. Of course, there are different ways and diverse approaches to using this very broad term of ‘strategic management’. Head to for one take on it. No matter what route you go down, the tools were put in place in the 70s for this strategy to flourish during the later years.

The way management consultancy has altered over the years is largely reflected in the way the world of business has changed. What was deemed important 30 years ago is not necessarily considered a core principle in the present day. For instance, in the 1990s a lot of emphasis was placed on the influx of information technology. This was a very new principle then and it was rightly predicted by all that this would be the future of business. Management consultants were widely being implemented in order to integrate a company’s organizational structure with the new technological advancements. Forecasts were being drawn up for future trends and how to prepare businesses for these. Nowadays a lot of people believe that management consultancy is a lot more segmented. Consultants are often employed to come in and deal with a very specific part of the company rather than an overall assessment. They look at specific processes and they implement the right technology, such as, to zone in on where inefficiencies lie. They fix these issues, which leads to the company flourishing on the whole.

Nonetheless, no matter what changes or progressions occur, there is no denying that management consultancy has very much ingrained itself as a crucial sector. There will always be the room for businesses to improve their performance. The outside view of a professional who can analyze the current organizational issues and come up with a plan to move forward will never be deemed unneeded.



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