What Is New in Professional Work? Rebuilding Professions-Organisations Ties

Monday, 16 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups (host committee)

Language: English

New forms of professionalism have been associated to the contemporary social and economic change in organisations, visibly embattled in several fields of professions traditional strength, due of their developed organisational features. Professional work has been permanently challenged, but professions have shown a strong capacity to adapt. Very often managerialism has been referred as the main driver for changing patterns of professional work. Managerial reforms make organisations more efficient and effective; yet, professional work appears to be effected by broader social forces, than only managerial principles. The emergence of new forms of professionalism can by explain from the reconfiguration of professional work.

This session invites both theoretical and empirical papers, in diverse country contexts, addressing this topic. Key for submissions is focusing on issues related to the challenges that organizations pose to professionalism; the extent to which organisations stimulate and/or constrain new forms of professionalism; and the rebuilding of professions-organisations links.

Session Organizer:
Helena SERRA, New University of Lisbon, FCSH, Portugal
Helena SERRA, New University of Lisbon, FCSH, Portugal
Oral Presentations
How Intersectoral Health Promotion Changes Professional Work: A Case Study from Denmark
Loni LEDDERER, Aarhus University, Denmark; Mads CHRISTENSEN, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
"That Number Doesn't Reflect All I Do": Health Professionals' Perceptions of Quality Measurement in Health Organizations
Paula FEDER-BUBIS, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; David CHINITZ, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Israel