It has recently been argued that the use of external consultants isindicative of a crisis in personnel management. However, the use ofconsultants, of whatever type, has not been adequately explained for anumber of reasons. The reasons underlying the increasing usage ofexternal consultants by personnel is a form of defence, allowing it toshed some activities thereby strengthening its position within theorganisation. To illustrate this argument the reasons for the growth inthe use of a particular type of consultant by personnel executive recruitment consultancies are considered. The resultsreported draw on two major surveys. The first was directed at executiveconsultancies whereas the second was directed at corporate personneldirectors in the Times 100 companies. Response rates of 42 percent and 55 per cent were achieved.
Personnel Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 1991