Consulting skills help researchers frame and define research projects, manage the social research process, engage with stakeholders and influence change. This practitioner-oriented text is the first to help social researchers and those active in the social research sector develop these skills. Drawing from the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes’ consulting competence framework, it will aid understanding of effective consulting skills in the UK and international social research community and will be invaluable for all those commissioning, managing and conducting social research.
Dr Simon Haslam is the Director of social research firm, FMR Research Ltd. He was a dual finalist in the UK Consultant of the Year awards (2011, 2012) and represented the UK in the Constantinus global consulting awards (2012). He is a Visiting Professor at Durham University Business School and Chair of the Academic Fellows within the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes. He is a Chartered Director and a Trustee of UK Social Research Association (SRA), where he is a board member responsible for its training programme – including the Consulting Skills for Social Researchers workshop.
Consulting and social research
Key ingredients of consulting
The consulting process
Skills in challenging the client
'An important addition to our skill set: Simon Haslam’s book clearly sets out the value and benefits that consulting skills can bring to the world of social research.' Alice Yeo, ResearchAbility
"A very well structured and comprehensive outline of the practical elements of consultancy. Provides practical tools and guidance which are so relevant for internal and external consultants." Julie Hodges, Durham University Business School
"Thoroughly well researched and pragmatic in its approach. Highly recommended for both consultants and social researchers." Dinah Bennett OBE, International Consultants for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise