Reconnecting Professional Occupations with Professional Organizations: risks and opportunities
School of Sociology and Social Policy University of Nottingham Nottingham, UK
For a long time, the sociologies of organizations and of professional groups have developed separately and had their own research questions and agendas. This has changed in the last 15 years as, increasingly, practitioners in Anglo-American societies (as well as in European) now work in complex hierarchical organizations (e.g. medicine and health) or, in law, in professional service firms (PSFs) and sometimes in international locations.
The paper will examine some of the organizational dimensions of expert work, how practitioners and organizations interact, the management of professionalism and the consequences for practitioners and their clients. The consequences of the interlinking of professional and organizational logics are beginning to be demonstrated by researchers. In the paper the risks to professionalism as the third logic (Freidson 2001) will be assessed and some of the opportunities for knowledge workers in organizations will be explored.