Professions: A Key Idea for Business and Management

IntroductionThe contents of the bookReadership, publications on professions and authorshipDebates about the concept of a professionDefining professions in this bookConclusionThe history of professions and professionalisationIntroductionThe guilds and their demiseThe historical development of professionalisationThe comparative cases of Britain and the United StatesMedical professionalisation in BritainMedical professionalisation in the United StatesLegal professionalisation in BritainLegal professionalisation in the United StatesProfessionalisation in a wider comparative perspectiveThe fragility of professionalisation: The case of socialist societiesConclusionCompeting theories of professionsIntroductionHistorical theorising about professionsTaxonomic theories of the professionsThe trait approachThe functionalist analysisThe critique of the taxonomic approachSymbolic interactionismThe Marxist perspectiveThe Foucauldian approachDiscourse analysisThe neo-Weberian theory of professionsThe distinctive profile of neo-Weberian studies: A medical illustrationMedical professionalisation in BritainMedical professionalisation in the United StatesA wider range of illustrative neo-Weberian workCriticisms of the neo-Weberian approachOther complementary theories to neo-WeberianismConclusionAttacks on professions: Professional deconstruction?IntroductionThe growing critique of professionsThe counter-cultural challengeThe exacerbation of the counter-cultural critiqueProfessions, clients and citizensDeliberationChoiceResponsabilisationProfessions and the stateCorporatisation, organisations and the professionsThe debate about deprofessionalisationConclusionBusiness and management issues and the professionsIntroductionThe international context: Professions, transnationalism and professional service firmsTransnationalism and the professionsInternational professional service firmsEntrepreneurial success and professional service firmsThe regulation of international professional service firmsThe impact of international professional service firms on national business professionsBusiness and management professions in national settingsManagement as a professionEstablished professions in business: The case of accountancyOther established professions in business: Law and human resource managementNew and emerging professional groupsInterprofessional working in business environmentsConclusionIntroductionProfessions RIP?The future reform of specific professionsLawAccountancyMedicineThe generic reform of the professionsResponsible leadership and the professionsThe concept of responsible leadershipThe application of the concept of responsible leadership to the professionsConclusionBibliography
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