There is a need to increase the competence and effectiveness of internal management consultant working toward organizational change, development and improvement within public sector bureaucracies.
This research report examines organizational politics as an integral factor in increasing of the management services consultant. The management services consultant is asked to develop a political perspectives and adopt a moderate level of political involvement and facilitation in order to address the many environmental influences which impact on his success and effectiveness. This stance is supported by the political orientation of organization development and the consultants organizational, consulting and personal skills.
Definitions of power, authority, influence and organizational politics are developed from a discussion on each of these and their interrelationships. The environmental aspects influencing the role and political environment of the management services consultant are reviewed. A description of the role of the management services function and profile of a management services officers are outlined followed by a statement on the incapacitating effect the lack of power has on the consultant. Conclusions are drawn on the development of a political perspective to achieve an effective internal management consulting service in a public sector organization.