Professions and Professional Service Firms: Private and Public Sector Enterprises in the Global Economy

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC17 Sociology of Organization (host committee)
RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups

Language: English

Professions are increasingly linked with enterprise at a number of interrelated levels. This session seeks to explore these connections. In particular, we invite papers which consider the relationship of professions with the enterpreneurial contexts in which they operate. Indicative questions include but are not limited to: Are professions becoming more entrepreneurial in a knowledge economy placing ever greater importance on the creation, diffusion and transfer of knowledge? What are the implications of working in enterprise contexts for the culture, practices and identities of the professions? What are the tensions between professionalism and enterprise in organisations and how are these resolved? What role in particular is played by professional service firms? What is the impact in terms of hybridisation of professional work and how is this managed?
Session Organizers:
Michael SAKS, University of Suffolk, United Kingdom and Daniel MUZIO, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Michael SAKS, University of Suffolk, United Kingdom
Oral Presentations
Academic Profession Hubris or Hybrid - the Case in Finnish Universities.
Taru SIEKKINEN, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Elias PEKKOLA, University of Tampere, Faculty of Management, Finland; Teresa CARVALHO, University of Aveiro and CIPES, Portugal
Financialization and Organizational Change in Professional Service Firms: The Case of Externally-Owned Alternative Business Structures in England and Wales
Sundeep AULAKH, University of Leeds, United Kingdom; Ian KIRKPATRICK, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Work Ability in the Digitized World: Organizing Work to Support Learning and Development
Mirko RIBBAT, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), Germany; Götz RICHTER, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), Germany; Inga MÜHLENBROCK, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), Germany