This invaluable source book offers guidance, support and advice for those contemplating or involved in academic careers. The contributions provide rich, personal, sometimes poignant and often humorous accounts of shared and unique experiences of those in the world of academia.

Working as a Consultant: Academic Imprimatur or Taboo?

Working as a Consultant: Academic Imprimatur or Taboo?

Working as a consultant: Academic imprimatur or taboo?
Mary Ann VonGlinow

Consulting has always been a taboo topic for those of us reared in traditional research universities. I went to Ohio State, and my degree was very research focused. In fact, when I graduated with my PhD in 1978, I had five articles already out or soon to be out in refereed journals, and not a stitch of consulting work. In fact, none of my professors at OSU had done much consulting. Consulting was always portrayed as “selling out.” And so it was that I came to value and be socialized into the academic rigors of research.

After I arrived at the University of Southern California, where I observed a ...

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