1st Edition

The Organization of the Expert Society

ISBN 9781138340688
Published August 7, 2018 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

It is often claimed that we live in an expert society, a society where more and more individuals take expert roles in increasingly narrow fields. In contrast to more traditional experts most of these new experts lack generally accepted mechanisms for the certification and legitimation of their expertise. This book focuses on these new as well as established experts and the efforts undertaken to secure and legitimate their expertise. We view these efforts as organizing attempts and study them on four different levels – the society, the market, the organization and the individual.

Based on empirical studies on these four levels of analysis, The Organization of the Expert Society makes the argument that current organizing initiatives in the expert society are based in an objectifying view of expertise that risks concealing and downplaying key aspects of expertise. Well-intended organizing initiatives in the expert society thus run the risk of promoting ignorance rather than securing expertise.

Focusing on a current, general and global phenomenon, the rise and organization of an expert society. The Organization of the Expert Society will be key reading for scholars, academics and policy makers in the management fields of Organizational Theory, Management Consulting, Organizations & Society, Critical Management Studies as well as the disciplines of Sociology, Political Science and Social Anthropology.

Table of Contents


1. The Contemporary Expert Society

Staffan Furusten and Andreas Werr

2. Experts without Rules – Scrutinizing the Unregulated Free Zone of the Management Consultants

Susanna Alexiusi

3. Constructing Expertise in the Business of Certification Auditing

Kristina Tamm Hallström

4. Stock Analysts – Experts of the Financial Sector

Jesper Blomberg

5. As Flies around Goodies – The Rise of Experts and Services in the Emerging Field of CSR and Sustainability

Susanna Alexius, Staffan Furusten and Andreas Werr

6. On Experts in Marketing: Who’s in the Driver’s Seat and What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Claudia A. Rademaker, Patrik Nilsson and Richard Wahlund

7. Organizing Counter-Expertise: Critical Professional Communities in Transnational Governance

Sigrid Quack

8. Disembedding Expertise: The Shift from Relational to Formalized Purchasing Practices

Lovisa Näslund and Frida Pemer

9. Organizing Expertise through Improvising

Staffan Furusten

10. Expertise in the Selection of Employees

Pernilla Bolander

11. Expressions of Expertise

Annika Schilling

12. Career Factory and Expert House – Two Development Environments for Experts

Andreas Werr and Annika Schilling

13. Organizing Expertise in the Professional Service Firm –Meritocracy in Theory and Practice

Savita Kumra and Andreas Werr

14. Leading Those Who Know Best

Ingalill Holmberg and Mats Tyrstrup

15. Organizing in the Contemporary Expert Society – Organizers, Organizing Attempts and Emerging Orders

Staffan Furusten and Andreas Werr

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Staffan Furusten is an Associate Professor at the Department of Management and Organization at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), and the director of the Stockholm Centre for Organization Research (SCORE), an interdisciplinary research centre run jointly by SSE and Stockholm University, Sweden.

Andreas Werr is a Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and Head of its Department of Management and Organization. He is also Head of the Center for HRM and Knowledge work at the SSE institute for Research, Sweden.