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Management consulting: a review of fifty years of scholarly research

Corrado Cerruti (Universita degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Roma, Italy)
Ernesto Tavoletti (Universita degli Studi di Macerata, Macerata, Italy)
Cecilia Grieco (Department of Management and Law, Universita degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata Facolta di Economia, Roma, Italy)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 23 May 2019

Issue publication date: 16 August 2019




Academic research on management consulting or having management consultancy as the main research field is huge as the sector is a strategic one for management innovation, but a systematic and updated literature review is missing. This paper aims to fill this gap by providing a comprehensive systematic review of scholarly peer reviewed journals looking at the ambivalent roles of consultants in driving management innovation as well as management fashions.


A systematic literature review has been performed.


This paper provides a systematization of existing literature, where the state of the art is assessed and future research paths are highlighted.


The proposed research fills the gap concerning a review of literature on this topic and provides an analysis of 50 years of scholarly research, highlighting both the bright and dark sides of management consulting.



Corrigendum: It has come to the attention of the publisher that the article Ernesto Tavoletti, Corrado Cerruti, Cecilia Grieco, (2019) “Management consulting: a review of fifty years of scholarly research”, published in Management Research Review, currently on Earlycite, listed an incorrect author order. The correct order is Corrado Cerruti, Ernesto Tavoletti, Cecilia Grieco (2019) “Management consulting: a review of fifty years of scholarly research”. Future citations should reflect this correction. The authors sincerely apologise for this.


Cerruti, C., Tavoletti, E. and Grieco, C. (2019), "Management consulting: a review of fifty years of scholarly research", Management Research Review, Vol. 42 No. 8, pp. 902-925.



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