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In Pursuit of Meaningfulness in Work

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The Individual Consultant’s Attitude to the Profession of Management Consulting

Sebastian Müller-Bellé (Author)


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ISBN-13 (Hard Copy) 9783736971684
ISBN-13 (eBook) 9783736961685
Language English
Page Number 322
Lamination of Cover matt
Edition 1.
Publication Place Göttingen
Place of Dissertation Utrecht
Publication Date 2020-02-24
General Categorization Dissertation
Departments Social sciences
Empirical social research
Keywords Positive Psychology, Humanism, Management Consulting, Meaningful Work, Meaningfulness in Work, Meaningful Life, Meaningfulness in Life, Meaningfulness, Profession, Professional Body, Consulting Company, Individual Consultant, Education, Resources, Human Resource Management, HR, HRM, Sensemaking, Meaning, Sense of Meaning, Sociology, Organization, Organizational Behavior, Qualitative Research, Responsive Interviews, Purpose, Expectations, Perception, Motivations, Motives, Needs, Tensions, Consulting, Positive Psychologie, Humanismus, Bildung, Unternehmensberatung, Sinnvolle Arbeit , Sinnhaftigkeit der Arbeit, Sinnvolles Leben, Sinnhaftigkeit im Leben, Sinnhaftigkeit, Beruf, Beratungsunternehmen, Individueller, Zweck Organisation, Berater, Ressourcen, Sensibilisierung, Bedeutung, Soziologie, Organisatorisches Verhalten, Qualitative Forschung, Erwartungen, Wahrnehmung, Motivationen, Motive, Benötigt, Spannungen, Beratung
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“The biggest threat to the new forms of labour prevalent in the brave new world of consulting is not, I believe, the lack of money but the absence of humanity.” (O’Mahoney, 2007, p. 300)

While there have been many attempts to define and formalize the profession of management consulting, involving economic objectives, management and leadership theories, as well as role models and behavioural patterns, little attention has been given to the individual consultant’s expectations and needs as part of the profession.

This qualitative research explores the consultant’s view of the profession against the backdrop of a framework for meaningfulness in work, enabling the individual’s pursuit of meaningful work as a constituent part of their life.

Open and responsive interviews are used to explore the individual consultant’s purpose, expectations, motivations and tensions experienced in their daily work as management consultants, ultimately aiming to identify how humanism can contribute to their perception of meaningfulness in work.