All the King’s Consultants – The Perils of Advising Authoritarians

Calvert W Jones has written an interesting article in Foreign Affairs about consulting in authoritarian countries – and although focus in the Middle East – it applies to many other countries…and it is not just applicable for strategy consulting. The international development sector suffers from it too.

“Experts are generally willing to speak truth to power at this early point. But problems develop as decision-making advances and experts are asked to evaluate different potential courses of action. Over time, experts learn and then adapt to incentives, rooted in the authoritarian political context, to alter or limit their advice.”

Enjoy the read.

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/persian-gulf/2019-04-16/all-kings-consultants

#Leadership #Management #Business #Consulting #Strategy #MiddleEast

 

 

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