Accomplishments in consultancy work: ambiguity and distribution of praise and blame

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This chapter addresses identity constructions in the context of consultant-client relations in consultancy work. The focus is on how consultants and client managers use the image of each other as negative mirrors of themselves, making collaboration tension-ridden and complicated. In particular we emphasize identity dynamics around the attribution of credit and blame, drawing attention to the evaluatory and moral aspects of identity constructions in ambiguous, boundary-spanning work contexts.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Business Administration


  • credit and blame, clients, management consultancy, identity work, ambiguity
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscourses of Deficit
EditorsCandlin C, Crichton J
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch