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I wrote a white paper and i am SO proud of it but apparently I’m not allowed to put my name on it bc I’m a senior consultant. :( It’ll be published under a Principal and a SM’s names instead. 😡

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Happened to me. Did it anyways, got promoted Now I’m the one jumping on calls giving feedback and putting my name on papers. Circle of life my friend

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Don't let them, and post it as a LinkedIn article yourself in advance

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Why would you expect it to be published under your name? This isn’t college. You work for your employer. They get to choose whose names to put on things. Some firms add junior to bylines (like ours), others add a note at the end, others only name partners. Your reward comes from your firm - they pay you to do this, and if you are better than peers they promote you.

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Huh? Our firms own our work product. It is their IP. Period. I've it seen it both ways on our end. Sometimes junior team gets a byline, sometimes not.

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Everyone who’s saying, “your work is owned by your employer”, do you realize that your boss is not your employer! Your company is. And your boss is just another employee to the same company. I get it if my original work were to be published aa “PwC” without any names. But, when another employee takes credit that I deserve, that would be unfair and fraudulent .

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All they did was hop on calls and give feedback. So angry. I’d be fine if this were a deck, but this was pure writing and original thought. I created original content, not editing slides. I did the research and built the thesis and wrote the whole thing myself. They did nothing. My own creation and research, not typical consultant “leveraging” nonsense. Never again.

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After coming from academia, I was expecting to be an author on anything I contributed intellectual capital to (are surely on anything I actually wrote), but our firm has a similar policy. My director fought to get us an acknowledgement though, which was nice. Then they misspelled my name.

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Is this genuine advice A1? Does he really have the ability to make a move like this without jeopardizing his career? (Not rhetorical, just curious to what consequences can be of something like this)

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Have you asked to be listed as a contributor?

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Volunteer to present the content alongside your practice lead in whatever forum makes sense, whether it's a sales opportunity or a trade show setting. This is how you get closer to leadership, and how you position yourself for leadership.

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Make sure people internal to your project or team are aware and that you were the main creator. Just make sure you are visible to leadership and volunteer to present, stay involved, be a squeaky wheel but not annoying. Also what ever you create at work is the sole property of the company and not technically yours, so all I can say is that if your leaders are good they will recognize or remember you when you are up for a promo or Salary Bump.

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And keep doing this....when u make manager and above u will be an expert and ur name will be all over the place. What a better way to get noticed and fast track your career. I'm sure you got enough ideas to go around ...

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So sorry for you OP; that’s messed up

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People will squeeze you for as much as you’re worth, and tell you it’s worth it to be promoted and run through the hoops again. Find a place that will respect you when you can

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If we want to play word games, we could say that for a whitepaper your firm is your client. It is actually much more fundamental that. Anything you produce, while you’re getting paid, and on a company laptop, is owned by the firm. If they choose to sell it to someone else i.e. a client, that is their business. It is also very short sighted career move to make a big stink about this. For every paper I have ever written, whether it has had my name on it or not, I have been asked to present a half dozen times and ended up getting staffed on similar work as a result.

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Interesting. Papers are sometimes done on unpaid, non chargeable time so not the same as your other work product.

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@BCG-1 It is crsiply defined in a service agreement that the client owns the deliverables. Like I mentioned above, if you work for your organization and your organization (in my case PwC) owns the property produced by you, it is understandable by your logic. But if another individual who works in my organization claims credit for work done by me, by excluding my name — that’s unethical and also not legal.

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BA1 nailed it. The opportunities present themselves as long as people know

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I hate the system but that’s the way it is OP. When have you seen anyone below SM on a white paper? These “authors” are sure as hell not writing the content

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I’m so sorry - is there anyway you can push back on this and get your name included too??

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