The Price of Corporate Professionalisation: Analysing the Corporate Capture of Professions in the UK

14 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2013

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Steve Paton

University of Strathclyde - Department of Organisation and Strategy

Damian Hodgson

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Daniel Muzio

University of Newcastle

Date Written: November 2013

Abstract

Recent debates on the organisation of expert labour focus upon either the growing dominance of managerialism over traditional professions or the unwillingness/inability of new expert occupations to professionalise. Such arguments frequently disregard expert occupations that continue to deliberately pursue professionalisation to improve their status and influence in organisations and wider society, and therefore overlook the consequences of contemporary professionalisation for expert labour. Here we critically examine one ‘corporate profession’, project management in the UK, which has pursued ‘corporate professionalisation’ by renegotiating relationships with the state, individual members and private corporations, with some degree of success. Combining documentary analysis and interviews with professional association officials and practising project managers, this article analyses the pressures behind the corporate professionalisation strategies of this expert occupation, assessing the impact of moves towards a new model of corporate professionalism that marginalises the interests of professionals while embracing employer agendas.

Keywords: new professions, expert labour, project management, occupation, professionalisation

Suggested Citation

Paton, Steve and Hodgson, Damian and Muzio, Daniel, The Price of Corporate Professionalisation: Analysing the Corporate Capture of Professions in the UK (November 2013). New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 28, Issue 3, pp. 227-240, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2353174 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ntwe.12014

Steve Paton (Contact Author)

University of Strathclyde - Department of Organisation and Strategy ( email )

Glasgow City, G1 1XQ
United Kingdom

Damian Hodgson

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School ( email )

Booth Street West
Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

Daniel Muzio

University of Newcastle ( email )

5 Barrack Road
Devonshire Building
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

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