The authors analyze the effectiveness of consulting courses in raising the selfefficacy of participants to cope with the kinds of tasks typically faced by entrylevel management consultants. Using data from self-evaluation questionnaires completed by 130 students in three types of consulting courses, the authors find that these courses are significantly more effective than a nonconsulting course used for control purposes. Prior research has shown self-efficacy to be positively related to task performance and to other desirable outcome measures. Therefore, academic institutions can make an important contribution to preparing their graduates for their later roles as managers and consultants by raising self-efficacy through course offerings in relevant areas.

management consulting, self-efficacy, teaching effectiveness,
Journal of Management Education
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University

Richter, A., & Schmidt, S. (2008). The Effectiveness of University Level Management Consulting Courses. Journal of Management Education, 32(1), 84–99. doi:10.1177/1052562907300809