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PhD Topic


It seems that I haven't addressed the issue of my PhD Topic anywhere on this blog, So … as I say in my thesis:

The question that I seek to answer is "What is the nature of effective strategising in professional service firms?"

This question contains two parts:

  1. How do strategy practitioners in professional service firms 'strategise'? What is the nature of their praxis (i.e. the formal and informal day-to-day activities in which they engage when strategising)?
  2. How do strategists in a professional service firm have impact beyond themselves; what characterises the praxis of those whose strategising is consequential and thus strategic?

These questions come out from my long-term interest in both strategy and professional service firms.

Whilst I focus on engineering consultancies in my thesis, I have also carried out research in the context of accounting firms and law-firms.

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