The fundamental difference between these 2 professional functions concerns the nature and degree of involvement during the consulting process. Both groups seek help companies improve – but in different ways and often in different areas.
The management consultant (MC) primarily deals through the medium of advice and recommendation. After the study, the MC will prepare documented conclusions regarding the problems to be solved and suggested steps to be taken. In the majority of cases the role of the MC ends of this point, as the study can be technical or operational – covering many broad and diverse subject.
The productivity specialist (PS) analyzes, advises and recommends also –however, the role of the PS extends far beyond this phase. For all practical purposes the job of the PS begins where the jobs of the MC leaves off. The job of the PS is to temper his or her recommendations with the experience of the client – blending them into practical, effective solution and assist the client in implementing these solutions. The PS accept responsibility for results. Moreover, the PS is more specifically directed, concentrating on the field of operations management.
An MC is therefore similar to diagnostician – studying symptons and evaluating their probable causes, defining the problem and completing his or her assignment by recommending the directions or actions to be taken.
The PS on the other hand is similar to a therapist – studying and gaining a thorough understanding of the disability and laying out a program of improvement. Working directly with the patient, and staying with the patient until condition is improved, he or she completes the assignment.
The major differences can be summarized as follows:
1. PS install a product; MC manualizes advice.
2. PS specializes in operations; MC’s scope of work is generally broader.
3. PS emphasizes company; MC emphasizes individual.
4. PS commits to a specific cost improvements; MC does not.
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