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Several major trends in the consulting industry, previously discussed in Chapter 1, are causing major changes. In addition, each chapter in this book has also raised additional questions about the future of consulting in its particular area of concern. In this section, two new concerns are considered that bear significantly on what will happen to management consulting: first, the potential threat and opportunity for online consulting to be conducted over the Internet; and second, the need to establish a stronger “scientific” and intellectual foundation from research to gain a better understanding of the consulting process and validate its outcomes.