Management principles evolved with the need of managing and directing complex works while ensuring efficient service in time. Management may be thought of as the process and principles involved in managing manpower, resources (physical, intellectual and otherwise) so as to ensure that the plan is being followed and the goal is reached. While each action might have some management principles involved, scientific treatment of the principles is limited to more complex actions and strategies. As such, management might be used to enhance efficiency, meet deadlines more effectively, and ensure better resource and manpower management. Management consulting comes to help in this regard.
Management consulting is the consultation provided to companies or individuals to help them incorporate management principles. The objective is always to procure benefits of scientific management control to the clients. Management consulting involves examining and analyzing present and future work and development plans and providing inputs for improvements on them, and suggesting technical, process related, work-force related and other changes so as to bring them in greater conformity with what is conducive to greatest efficiency. Bringing scientific frameworks, methodologies and principles into action, the management consultants help identify problem and suggest improvements.
Growing out of formal study of management, management consulting, also called strategic planning or management, has evolved fast. McKinsey was the first pure management consulting company which even today maintains its premier position in the field. Various universities are offering courses in consulting, and new firms offering management consultancy have risen in every city offering all the benefits of scientific management control to client companies and individuals.
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