I am putting forward an invitation from Margit Selvey to participate in in an academic study on the factors which influence how companies work with external consultants. Margit is a postgraduate student at Aston University in Birmingham, England who is seeking potential participants who have had positive and negative experiences working with external consultants.
She summarizes her project as follows:
“Public and private organisations spend billions annually on external consulting services. Even with this commitment of funds, some find they are unable to effectively use the information yielded or implement the recommendations. At the same time, others find the experience tremendously valuable, the results and information gleaned from employing the external consultant are put into practice and viewed as gold. Why such a dichotomy? The quest to find the answer is the focus of this study and my Master’s dissertation.
The participants should be directors, human resources professionals or anyone within the organisation who is or has been in either a decision-making or advisory role for the selection, evaluation, authorisation and/or commitment of budget towards external consultancy services.
The extent of the participation is a voluntary questionnaire about your experience working with external consultants in your organisation which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is completely confidential with no personal data asked for or retained within the questionnaire itself.
In exchange for participation, respondents are eligible to receive a free report containing the results of the study along with recommendations based on research for how organisations can effectively evaluate, choose and maximise the value of external consultants.
Studies like these help contribute to understanding for how to maximise the value, and improve the dynamics, of external consulting relationships. The significance of these relationships is ever-increasing with the continuous fluctuations in economies and changing marketplace. Your participation does make a difference!”
The questionnaire is online at:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Margit at +44 (0)7981 717520 or by email at email@example.com.
She thanks anyone who takes part in advance! Isn’t it wonderful that the internet can be used to gather information from around the world. Communication abounds!
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