TITLE

Politics, people & paradigms: the limits to influence of a consultant's report

AUTHOR(S)
Cosstick, Vicky
PUB. DATE
September 2010
SOURCE
e-Organisations & People;Autumn2010, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p33
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
All consultants' reports are written with the intention of influencing an organisation or people in some way. But how realistic is that expectation? In this article I argue that circumstances around the writing of a consultant's report may severely constrain its potential for influence. I categorise some of these circumstances as: Politics, including power and funding issues; People, whose whims and whereabouts may affect how a report is received; and Paradigms -- since the mental models that people carry may predetermine their attitude to a report's conclusions and recommendations. I also suggest some ways to ensure that consultants' reports can be a more effective vehicle for change.
ACCESSION #
64370152

 

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