Ethics in management consulting

Published on September 17, 2015   35 min

Other Talks in the Series: Management Consultancy

Hello. Welcome to Ethics in Management Consultancy. My name is Joe O'Mahoney, I'm a Reader in Organizational Studies at Cardiff University, and Management Consultancy is my specialism.
I'm going to introduce why we want to look at consultancy first of all. A lot of the press recently has been looking at management consultancy and there's been a lot of critique of consultancy and especially the use in the private sector. On this slide we've got a couple of examples. First is Alan Leaman, who's the chair of the Management Consultancies Association arguing that NHS spending on management consultants is not wasteful. On the other side we've got a number of pieces by all types of media outlets arguing that consultants are a waste of money, and especially in the public sector when public money is being spent on them. In addition to that, you've got a whole load of books that have come out recently which are really the sort of 'kiss and tell' exposes of ex-management consultants telling the general public about the tricks that they used to get extra money. So, it's a fairly topical issue which is why we want to look at it. Also, it makes a big difference to the world when consultancy goes wrong or bad things happen, people can lose their jobs, companies can go bankrupt, and economies can occasionally be shaken. So that's why we're looking at this lecture.