Management consultants have become a very influential part of today's business culture. Giving advice on issues such as defending markets against the Japanese, moving into Eastern Europe and building global business. Many consultancies receive very large payments for this type of work, and some have questioned whether in fact they perform correspondingly valuable services or are merely the beneficiaries of the latest commercial fad. In this book management consultants explain the work that they do, and describe the influence that they have in company boardrooms. The authors also talk to ex-consultants, who are possibly more revealing about the potentialities and limitations of consultancies.