Professions and Professional Service Firms: Private and Public Sector Enterprises in the Global Economy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Professions and Professional Service Firms

Private and Public Sector Enterprises in the Global Economy, 1st Edition

Edited by Mike Saks, Daniel Muzio


202 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Professions are increasingly linked with enterprise at a number of interrelated levels. By considering the relationship of professions to the enterprise contexts in which they work, this book reveals the dilemmas posed to professional groups, and the opportunities and constraints that can arise in their organisational frameworks.

Addressing both private and public sectors, this collection explores questions including: what are the implications for the culture, practices and identities of professions of working in enterprise contexts, including with increased globalisation? Are professions becoming more entrepreneurial in a knowledge economy? What are the tensions between professionalism and enterprise and how are these resolved? These are themes that are extremely important to professionals and their managers, especially with the rise of large-scale professional service firms serving corporate clients with truly global reach.

This cutting-edge collection will be of interest to researchers, educators and advanced students studying professional behaviour in fields such as business studies, management, organisational analysis, public administration, political science, social policy and sociology, as well as students on focused programmes of professional study in fields such as health, law and social care.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Professions, professional service firms and enterprise- MIKE SAKS AND DANIEL MUZIO; PART ONE: PROFESSIONS AND ENTERPRISE IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE; 2 Professions and entrepreneurship in international perspective- KEVIN T. LEICHT; 3 Professions and professional service firms in a global context: Reframing narratives- JOHN FLOOD; 4 Professional strategies and enterprise in transnational projects- JACOB HASSELBALCH AND LEONARD SEABROOKE; PART TWO: CHANGES IN PROFESSIONALISM IN AN ENTERPRISE CONTEXT: 5 Professionalism as enterprise: Service class politics and the redefinition of professionalism (with Postscript: Extinguishing professionalism?)- GERARD HANLON; 6 Enterprise, hybrid professionalism and the public sector- MIRKO NOORDEGRAAF; 7 Entrepreneurship and professional service firms: The team, the firm, the ecosystem and the field- MARKUS REIHLEN, ANDREAS WERR AND CHRISTOPH SECKLER; PART THREE: KEY ISSUES RELATED TO PROFESSIONS AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FIRMS; 8 The implications for gender of work in professional service firms: The case of law and accountancy- HILARY SOMMERLAD AND LOUISE ASHLEY; 9 Regulation and governance of the professions: Institutional work and the demise of ‘delegated’ self-regulation of the accounting profession- MARY CANNING AND BRENDAN O’DWYER; 10 The medical profession, enterprise and the public interest-MIKE SAKS

About the Editors

Mike Saks is Emeritus Professor at the University of Suffolk, UK. He has published more than fifteen edited and sole-authored books on professions, health, regulation, and research methods with leading publishers, including five volumes with Routledge, and many articles and book chapters on these subjects.

Daniel Muzio is Professor of Professions and Organisation at Newcastle University, UK. His research has been published in leading journals and he is a founding editor of the Journal of Professions and Organization and associate editor of Gender, Work and Organization and the Journal of Management Studies.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies

Management and business studies are firmly established as a popular, important and significant area of study in the academic world. Bringing together theories and thought from a wide range of disciplines, this series features cutting -edge research addressing all the major issues in business and management today, helping to define and advance the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Knowledge Capital
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development