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Entrepreneurship, Managerialism and Professionalism in Action: The Case of the Legal Profession in England and Wales

Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship in Professional Services (eds) M Reihlen & A Werr (Edward Elgar), pp. 369-386

18 Pages Posted: 17 May 2013  

Daniel Muzio

University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School (LUBS)

John Flood

Griffith University Law School; University of Westminster School of Law; University College London

Date Written: May 17, 2012

Abstract

This chapter seeks to provide a historical background to contemporary studies of entrepreneurial professional service firms (PSFs) by looking back to the development of the nineteenth-and early-to mid-twentieth-century legal profession in England and Wales through a range of key concepts drawn from the sociology of work: professionalism, managerialism and entrepreneurship. The legal profession has been chosen as a case study insofar as it represents a long-established form of collegial professionalism (Johnson, 1972) against which other professional projects have often been benchmarked. Here traditional images, symbols and conceptions of professionalism are perhaps most pronounced, whilst at the same time many empirical studies (Abel, 1988, 2003; Brock et al., 1999; Empson, 2007; Faulconbridge & Muzio, 2008, 2009; Flood, 1995, 1996; Muzio & Ackroyd, 2005) alert us to the fundamental changes experienced by this profession.

Keywords: professional service firms, law firms, legal profession, lawyers, history, professions

JEL Classification: J44

Suggested Citation

Muzio, Daniel and Flood, John, Entrepreneurship, Managerialism and Professionalism in Action: The Case of the Legal Profession in England and Wales (May 17, 2012). Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship in Professional Services (eds) M Reihlen & A Werr (Edward Elgar), pp. 369-386. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2266481

Daniel Muzio

University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School (LUBS) ( email )

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United Kingdom

John A. Flood (Contact Author)

Griffith University Law School ( email )

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University of Westminster School of Law ( email )

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