Internal Consultants as Agents of Change

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Internal consultants have a number of benefits over the external kind. They save you money, they don’t try to sell you things you don’t want, and you know who you’re getting. However, on the down side, if they’re any good, they’ll probably head elsewhere for more money, their knowledge tends to get stale and they fail to possess the ‘objective outsider’ status. In my own experience (I used to lead a team of internal consultants), the group are more often used for standardisation and ‘policing’ more than they are for new innovative projects. However, I have also seen examples of the opposite.

My friend, Prof. Andrew Sturdy, has recently completed a year long study of internal consultants for the ESRC, producing one of the first evidence-based assessments of the function. He has been kind enough to share his report with us (here). Andrew writes:

Internal management consultancy has traditionally been seen as the  poor cousin  of its external counterpart. But it is increasingly important for innovation, especially in the current economic climate. This report outlines the findings of one of the largest ever studies of internal consultancy. From almost 100 interviews in 24 organisations, it identified:

1. Characteristics of the organisation, dynamics and perceived impacts of internal consulting units.
2. Lessons on how to sustain internal consultancy as a function.
3. Narrowing gaps between consultancy and management, expanding the scope of consultancy, but undermining any claims to exclusivity.
4. How standardised approaches to consulting can actually facilitate innovation

I hope you find the report useful.

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