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Consulting That Matters

A Handbook for Scholars and Practitioners

Jennifer H. Waldeck and David R. Seibold

Each year, thousands of consulting contracts are awarded by organizations to experts who help them with challenges involving people, processes, technologies, goals, resource allocation, decision making, problem solving, and more. These experts – consultants – diagnose problems, recommend solutions, facilitate interventions, and evaluate outcomes that are often related to human communication. Some consultants are academicians skilled in both doing and interpreting research for clients; others are practitioners with little use for research and theory. Driving all of the ideas showcased in Consulting That Matters: A Handbook for Scholars and Practitioners is the premise that sound theory and research are critical to consulting success, and should be the blueprints for successful organizational transformation. Thus, this book is for all types of consultants, including the very best who are at the top of their games and those who believe theory and research belong in ivory towers, not business settings. Featuring a «who’s who» of preeminent communication scholars/consultants, each author shares frameworks, strategies, and examples from their own diverse experiences, all grounded in rich, substantive theory and research. The volume offers even the most skilled and experienced consultants a range of alternative approaches, paradigms, and competencies to build their credibility and make them more valuable to their clients in a dynamic, ever-evolving business climate.
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Names: Waldeck, Jennifer H., editor. | Seibold, David R., editor.Title: Consulting that matters: a reader for scholars and practitioners /edited by Jennifer H. Waldeck, David R. Seibold.Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2015. |Includes bibliographical references and index.Identifiers: LCCN 2015032073| ISBN 9781433127700 (hardcover: alkaline paper) |ISBN 9781433127694 (paperback: alkaline paper) | ISBN 9781453917183 (e-book)Subjects: LCSH: Consulting firms. | Communication—Social aspects. |Interpersonal communication. | Teams in the workplace.Classification: LCC HD69.C6 .C65556 2015 | DDC 001—dc23LC record available at http://lccn.loc.gov/2015032073

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