The emperor’s new clothes: Bringing new knowledge into an organisation – the role of management consultants

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Keywords: management consulting, knowledge management, organisational knowledge, organisational learning, knowledge reuse

One of the most important organisational resources in any organisation is knowledge. Knowledge is the basis by which any organisation creates value and competitive advantage. This includes explicit knowledge of things and tacit knowledge or know-how. The centrality of knowledge in the development of organisations and their functioning has resulted in a massive amount of research around this area.

Organisations generate their own knowledge and obtain knowledge from other organisations and academic research. Indeed, external knowledge has become so important for organisations that an entire industry has developed and is growing based on providing organisations with external knowledge – namely management consulting.

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