Michael FischerProf Michael Fischer, along with his co-authors, is the recipient of the prestigious Urwick Prize 2018 awarded for “an outstanding piece of research relevant to management consultancy”.

Awarded by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants (a City of London Livery company), the Col. Lyndall F. Urwick prize was awarded for their recently published article: “The silent politics of temporal work: A case study of a management consultancy project to redesign public health care”.

McGivern, G., Dopson, S., Ferlie, E., Fischer M.D., Fitzgerald, L., Leger, J., and Bennett, C. (2017). The silent politics of temporal work: A case study of a management consultancy project to redesign public health care. Organization Studies. (CABS 4*, ABDC A*, FT50).

The winning article was selected from a shortlist of leading management research publications, drawn up by an academic panel of Academic Fellows of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.

More about the winning paper

Their paper, “The Silent Politics of Temporal Work: A Case Study of a Management Consultancy Project to Redesign Public Health Care”, addressed the tension generated between consultants and clients through their different perceptions of time.

It identified that consultants would propose solutions that fit within their restricted timeframe – meaning they would take a more simplistic view of the problem(s) at hand. Whereas clients would view the problem in more complex terms, as they would have more time in which to address the issues. Whilst clients may be willing to accept the consultants’ recommendations, they would wait for the implementation to fail, in order to legitimise their preferred, more complex approach to solving the underlying problem.

The authors’ research suggests that overlooking discussion of the way stakeholders’ time frames affected how they viewed the project enabled them to avoid overt conflict. However, doing so, this ultimately undermined the sustainability of the solution developed during the consulting project, leaving the key problems to be resolved in the future.

“This real-world application and impact of our research is key to what we want to achieve here”, said Professor Michael Fischer, Director of the Centre for Sustainable HRM & Wellbeing. “Working alongside other institutions and stakeholders enables us to not just exchange and share expertise, but create positive and meaningful research impact”.

Congratulations to Michael Fischer and his team on this outstanding achievement.

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