A business consultant (from Latin: consultare "to discuss") is a professional who provides professional or expert advice in a particular area such as sales, strategy, security (electronic or physical), management, accountancy, law, human resources, marketing, (and public relations), finance, engineering, science or any of many other specialized fields
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- Creativity thinks up new things. Innovation does new things. The difference speaks for itself. Yet the fluent advisers to business seldom make the distinction. They tend to rate ideas more by their novelty than by their practicability.
- Theodore Levitt (1974). Marketing for business growth, p. 71
- We afford automatic respect to superstar business moguls, politicians, and actors and to anyone flying around in a private jet, as if their accomplishments must reflect unique qualities not shared by those forced to eat commercial airline food. And we place too much confidence in the overly precise predictions of people - political pundits, financial experts, business consultants - who claim a track record demonstrating expertise.
- Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard's Walk Chapter 10, The Drunkard's Walk, p. 199-200