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