I’ve been reading with mounting horror a book called 'Rip Off' by David Craig. The cover justly describes it as, ‘the scandalous inside story of the management consulting money machine’. Craig was himself a blue chip consultant.
My horror arises from the fact that even the bluest of these consultancies may earn their gigantic incomes – and I mean gigantic – by methods which are little short of confidence tricks. Moreover, these methods do not include doing wonderful work for the clients pouring money into the consultants’ pockets. A large proportion of the work done appears to be a waste of money, and very big money at that.