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The Urwick Prize

The Urwick Award and Cup

The Urwick Prize commemorates the life and work of the distinguished management consultant, writer and educator Colonel Lyndall Fownes Urwick, the founder of Urwick Orr Management Consultants, and is awarded annually by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.

Lt. Col. Lyndall Urwick was one of the British pioneers of scientific management prior to the Second World War. In 1934 he set up a management consultancy practice, Urwick, Orr & Partners and in 1969 a foundation was originated in his name for the purposes of furthering management education.

In 1999 the late Hedley Thomas OBE, a Past President of The Institute of Management Consultants, Honorary Assistant of the Company of Management Consultants and a Trustee of the Urwick Foundation proposed that the Foundation should endow the Company with the Lyndall Urwick Memorial Cup together with the Trust's residual funds.

The Cup was donated in October 1999 by Sir Alan Urwick, an Honorary Member of the Company and son of Lyndall Urwick. The Cup was designed and made by Shannon O'Neill, a former Silversmith of the Year of the Goldsmiths' Company.

The Prize is awarded for an outstanding piece of research or thought leadership, originating recently in the UK and published in the last two years, relevant to management consultancy. A panel of academics and others active in the area of management consultancy identify research that might be eligible for the award. They select a shortlist for the award of the Cup and the authors of these papers are invited to make a short submission to the Company’s Assessment Panel explaining how the research meets the criteria for the prize, from which the Assessment Panel selects the winner.

The winner (or winners in the case of a joint publication) is presented with the Cup at the Company’s annual Education Supper. Winners will also receive a certificate acknowledging the award; there is no cash value to the Prize. The winner is also invited to present the Urwick Lecture in September, again in London, scheduled on a mutually convenient date.

The current basis for the award of the Prize dates from 2016. Recent winners have been:

  • 2016  Professor Andrew Sturdy, University of Bristol, Professor Christopher Wright, University of Sydney, and Dr Nick Wylie of Oxford Brookes University for their book Management as Consultancy: Neo-bureaucracy and the Consultant Manager
  • 2017  Professor William Harvey, Exeter Business School, Professor Timothy Morris, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and Dr Milena Mueller Santos, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, for their paper Reputation and identity conflict in management consulting  
  • 2018  Professor Gerry McGivern, Warwick Business School, Professor Sue Dopson Saïd Business School and Professor Ewan Ferlie, King’s Business School for their paper The Silent Politics of Temporal Work: A Case Study of a Management Consultancy Project to Redesign Public Health Care