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NCJ Number: 128238 Find in a Library
Title: Uncovering the Consultant's Role; Successful Consultant
Journal: Corrections Today  Dated:(June/July 1990)  Pages:78-79,140,142-143
Author(s): D R Struckhoff; B Buchanan; C A Unger
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These two articles are parts one and two of a series on consultants in general and in the corrections field. The emphasis is on understanding who consultants are, what they do, what they should do, and on the factors that determine the consultant's value to the agency hiring the consultant.
Abstract: There is an expanding role for correctional consultants as corrections begins to follow a corporate model in which specialized expertise is no longer retained in-house. Consultants are defined here with the neutral, problematic, and positive aspects of that definition. Consultants are seen as offering expertise at a reasonable cost and being solution-oriented; catalysts for positive change. They are also seen as credibility factors to the organization, hired to substantiate the agency's own findings and recommendations. Preparation is essential for consulting success on the part of the consultant, and consultants must be good listeners. Sometimes, a consultant will need to hire an additional consultant to supplement knowledge or skill areas to meet the client's requirements. Tips on how to be a successful consultant are included.
Main Term(s): Consultants
Index Term(s): Administrative planning; Corrections management; Employer-employee relations; Organization studies
Note: First and second parts of a 3-part series. See NCJ-128235 for part three.
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