The Dissemination of Management Consulting Innovations and the Pace of Technological Improvements - 10.1628/093245605774259327 - Mohr Siebeck
Economics

Stephen C. Hansen, John S. Hughes

The Dissemination of Management Consulting Innovations and the Pace of Technological Improvements

Volume 161 () / Issue 3, pp. 536-555 (20)

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This paper models management consultants' decisions about the order of client engagements when the consultant reduces clients' costs. The consultant can either immediately spread the innovation to all clients or sequentially spread the innovation to one client at a time. Licensing agreements, along with learning by doing, enhance the appeal of sequential engagements that delay the dissemination of innovation. However, concurrent engagements, or immediate dissemination, yield more clients who gain cost reductions for more periods. Whether the consultant finds that sequential or concurrent engagements optimal depends on her bargaining power and the magnitude of learning by doing.
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