The Origin of Consulting and Consultants

Research serves to make building stones out of stumbling blocks.

—Arthur D. Little, Technology Review

Chapter 3 focuses on two key areas. The first is how “consulting” came to be a legitimate profession. The second concerns how people become consultants. Both of these points are important. If you are going to spend large sums of money—thousands or even millions—on a consultant or consulting firm, you should understand things like how the consultant you are paying came to be a consultant. Is there a required accreditation? Is there a prerequisite degree? What about the big consulting firms—how ...

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