Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2001, page 33-51.
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The shaping of change by management consultants

Peter Hagedorn-Rasmussen

Management consultancy today has become an industry. The consultants sell organisational change, and their products are managerial concepts and tools. Managerial decisions have been outsourced. But what role do consultants play for the practical use of managerial tools? The article's primary purpose is to contribute to an informed understanding of this social dynamic. The aim is to create new conditions of possibility in which different actors can frame questions about working conditions and working life. These questions are rarely put on the agenda by management consultants.

In the article the questions are probed into by means of a political process perspective. This theoretical framework high-lights the managerial tools as political programs; the actor groups who shape the programs are coalitions and the interactions between actors and programs are understood as political processes. The framework is applied in the analysis of two different case studies and interviews with managerial consultants. The distinctive - and often neglected - political nature of the social shaping of the political programs, in which the consultants takes part, are emphasised.

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