The Cost of Control: Speculation on the Impact of Management Consultants on Creativity in the BBC.

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    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      BBC
      creativity
      management consultants
      management method
      manager
      professionalism
    • Subject Terms:
    • NAICS/Industry Codes:
      541619 Other management consulting services
      541614 Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services
      541611 Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
      541618 Other Management Consulting Services
      541613 Marketing Consulting Services
    • Abstract:
      It is often claimed that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is no longer as creative as it once was. Management consultants and the management methods they encourage are often held to blame. While managerialism has certainly been rampant in the BBC over the last decade, it is not clear that creativity has suffered in consequence. The paper compares current concerns about the BBC with very similar concerns voiced by Tom Burns some 40 years ago. The comparison allows the tentative conclusion that management consultants and their methods are a symptom rather than a cause. What threatens creativity, and has always threatened creativity, is managerial control. Heavy reliance on management consultants seems to indicate a determination to control that is likely to be inimical to creativity. With sufficient managerial control, trust becomes superfluous and professionalism is judged in terms of loyalty to the organisation--the difference, as Tom Burns noted long ago, between working for the BBC and working in the BBC. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      0810-9028
    • Accession Number:
      10.1080/0810902032000194029
    • Accession Number:
      12673655
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MACDONALD, S. The Cost of Control: Speculation on the Impact of Management Consultants on Creativity in the BBC. Prometheus, [s. l.], v. 22, n. 1, p. 43–70, 2004. DOI 10.1080/0810902032000194029. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=12673655&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 21 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      MACDONALD S. The Cost of Control: Speculation on the Impact of Management Consultants on Creativity in the BBC. Prometheus. 2004;22(1):43-70. doi:10.1080/0810902032000194029.
    • APA:
      MACDONALD, S. (2004). The Cost of Control: Speculation on the Impact of Management Consultants on Creativity in the BBC. Prometheus, 22(1), 43–70. https://doi.org/10.1080/0810902032000194029
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      MACDONALD, STUART. 2004. “The Cost of Control: Speculation on the Impact of Management Consultants on Creativity in the BBC.” Prometheus 22 (1): 43–70. doi:10.1080/0810902032000194029.
    • Harvard:
      MACDONALD, S. (2004) ‘The Cost of Control: Speculation on the Impact of Management Consultants on Creativity in the BBC’, Prometheus, 22(1), pp. 43–70. doi: 10.1080/0810902032000194029.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      MACDONALD, S 2004, ‘The Cost of Control: Speculation on the Impact of Management Consultants on Creativity in the BBC’, Prometheus, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 43–70, viewed 21 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      MACDONALD, STUART. “The Cost of Control: Speculation on the Impact of Management Consultants on Creativity in the BBC.” Prometheus, vol. 22, no. 1, Mar. 2004, pp. 43–70. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/0810902032000194029.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      MACDONALD, STUART. “The Cost of Control: Speculation on the Impact of Management Consultants on Creativity in the BBC.” Prometheus 22, no. 1 (March 2004): 43–70. doi:10.1080/0810902032000194029.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      MACDONALD S. The Cost of Control: Speculation on the Impact of Management Consultants on Creativity in the BBC. Prometheus [Internet]. 2004 Mar [cited 2020 Jan 21];22(1):43–70. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=12673655&custid=s6224580