Date

3-2014

Degree Name

BA in Communication Studies

Department

Communication Studies Department

Advisor(s)

Michael L. Fahs

Abstract

This project (with both theoretical and applied portions) serves to enrich understanding about the vicissitudes of organizational consulting while simultaneously serving as preparation for working in this field. With such a wide spectrum of approaches and disciplines among professional consulting occupations, an important objective of this project is to explore underlying theoretical principles that generally influence the field of organizational consulting. In this project, theoretical insights from many pertinent organizational communication and persuasion concepts, especially Edgar Schein’s (1969, 1988, 2009) behavioral models of organizational consultation (purchase-of-expertise, doctor-patient, and process), are offered to accompany the professional correspondences with which they correspond. Therefore, this project not only serves as preparation for working as a professional consultant, but also contributes to the existing body of literature concerning organizational communication, development, and consultation.