Print page

Perspectives on Contemporary Professional Work

Challenges and Experiences Edited by Adrian Wilkinson, Professor, Business School, Griffith University, Australia and School of Management, University of Sheffield, Donald Hislop, University of Aberdeen and Christine Coupland, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Loughborough University, UK
How is the world of professions and professional work changing? This book offers both an overview of current debates surrounding the nature of professional work, and the implications for change brought about by the managerialist agenda.

The relationships professionals have with their organizations are variable, indeterminate and uncertain, and there is still debate over the ways in which these should be characterized and theorized. The contributors discuss these implications with topics including hybrid organizations and hybrid professionalism; the changing nature of professional and managerial work; profession and identity; and the emergence of HRM as a new managerial profession.
Extent: 392 pp
Hardback Price: $154.00 Web: $138.60
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78347 557 5
Availability: In Stock
$0.00

Buy the E-Book @ paperback price

Join our mailing list

  • Business and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
How is the world of professions and professional work changing? This book offers both an overview of current debates surrounding the nature of professional work, and the implications for change brought about by the managerialist agenda.

The relationships professionals have with their organizations are variable, indeterminate and uncertain, and there is still debate over the ways in which these should be characterized and theorized. The contributors discuss these implications with topics including hybrid organizations and hybrid professionalism; the changing nature of professional and managerial work; profession and identity; and the emergence of HRM as a new managerial profession.

This book will be of interest to academics and postgraduate students seeking a comparative study on contemporary professional work. It will also be of use to a number of practitioners, namely human resource managers, looking for ways in which to approach the changing professional world.
‘This is an exciting collection that provides a very good feel for the intellectual vigour that characterizes work on the contemporary professions. The book brings together an international team of multidisciplinary scholars who analyze professional work in the context of some of the big social science debates of our age, including managerialism, mobilities, globalization and the impact of information technology. This is an exciting field of study and this book contributes to this excitement.’
– Daniel Muzio, Newcastle University and Editor Journal of Professions and Organization

‘In modern societies, professions are the primary remaining manifestation of a pre-industrial occupation-based approach to shaping and giving meaning to work. But the principles of contemporary professionalism operate in constant tension with the bureaucratic or corporate principles that dominate modern societies. Perspectives on Contemporary Professional Work cannot be bettered as an insightful, informed and rewarding examination of what the playing out of these tensions means for societies, organisations and individual ‘professionals’.’
– Tony Watson, Nottingham University Business School, UK
Contributors: P. Ackers, M. Avery, J. Booth, M. Boussebaa, M. Boyle, S. Brandis, B.B. Caza, C.L. Cooper, C. Coupland, S. Creary, C. Croft, G. Currie, S. De, J. Evetts, J. Faulconbridge, R. Fisher, A. Fitzgerald, L. Fitzgerald, S. Gamwell, P. Higgins, D. Hislop, R. King, K. Mather, G. Matthewson, R. McPhail, A. Roan, I. Roper, B. Russell, D. Sage, C. Trusson, A. Wilkinson, L. Worrall
Contents:

PART I THEORETICAL/CONCEPTUAL ASPECTS OF PROFESSIONAL WORK
1. The Changing World of Professions and Professional Workers
Adrian Wilkinson, Donald Hislop and Christine Coupland

2. Hybrid Organizations and Hybrid Professionalism: Changes, Continuities and Challenges
Julia Evetts

3. Impact of Managerialism upon Professionals in Public Services Organizations
Graeme Currie and Charlotte Croft

4. The Changing Nature Professional and Managerial Work: Issues and Challenges from an Empirical Study of the UK
Les Worrall, Kim Mather and Cary L. Cooper

5. Discourses of Professional Work
Christine Coupland

6. The Work of Global Professional Service Firms
Mehdi Boussebaa and James Faulconbridge

7. Professions Under Pressure: Voices from the Field
Christine Coupland and Maree Boyle

PART II PROFESSIONAL WORK – CURRENT ISSUES, CHALLENGES AND CHANGES
8. Agents of the Network Society: Spatial Mobility Patterns among Managerial and Professional Workers
Donald Hislop

9. The Ambiguities of ‘Managed Professionalism’: Working In and With IT
Bob Russell, Clive Trusson and Sangita De

10. Challenges Facing the Accounting Profession: Maintaining Relevance in a Changing Environment
Ruth King and Lin Fitzgerald

11. Challenges and Change in the Architecture Profession: Demonstrating Uncertain Futures Through the Struggle for Gender Equity
Amanda Roan and Gillian Matthewson

12. The Emergence of New Kinds of Professional Work within the Health Sector
Susan Brandis, Anneke Fitzgerald, Mark Avery, Ruth McPhail, Ron Fisher and Jessica Booth

13. The Construction of Professional Identity
Brianna Barker Caza and Stephanie Creary,

14. HRM as an Emerging New Managerial Profession
Paul Higgins, Ian Rope and Sophie Gamwell

15. How my Granddad, the Churches of Christ and the Steam Engine Makers’ of Society Lifted our Family into the Professional Classes: An Essay in Social Science Biography
Peter Ackers

16. Professionalization, Projectification and Pressurization: Insights from Construction Project Management
Daniel Sage

Index