Critical Essay: Inserting Professionals and Professional Organizations in Studies of Wrongdoing: The Nature, Antecedents, and Consequences of Professional Misconduct

Human Relations, July 2018

35 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2019

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Claudia Gabbioneta

Newcastle University Business School

James Faulconbridge

Lancaster University

Graeme Currie

University of Warwick

Ronit Dinovitzer

University of Toronto; American Bar Foundation

Daniel Muzio

University of York - The York Management School

Date Written: April 4, 2019

Abstract

Professional misconduct has become seemingly ubiquitous in recent decades. However, to date there has been little sustained effort to theorize the phenomenon of professional misconduct, how this relates to professional organizations, and how this may contribute to broader patterns of corruption and wrongdoing. In response to this gap, in this contribution we discuss the theoretical and empirical implications of analyses that focus on the nature, antecedents and consequences of professional misconduct. In particular, we discuss how the nature of professional misconduct can be quite variegated and nuanced, how boundaries between and within professions can be either too weak or too strong and lead to professional misconduct, and how the consequence of professional misconduct can be less straightforward than normally assumed. We also illuminate how some important questions about professional misconduct are still pending, including: how we define its different organizational forms; how it is instigated by the changing nature of professional boundaries; and how its consequences are responded to in professional organizations and society more widely.

Keywords: deviance, misconduct, professions, white-collar crime, wrongdoing

Suggested Citation

Gabbioneta, Claudia and Faulconbridge, James and Currie, Graeme and Dinovitzer, Ronit and Muzio, Daniel, Critical Essay: Inserting Professionals and Professional Organizations in Studies of Wrongdoing: The Nature, Antecedents, and Consequences of Professional Misconduct (April 4, 2019). Human Relations, July 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3365982

Claudia Gabbioneta

Newcastle University Business School ( email )

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

James Faulconbridge (Contact Author)

Lancaster University ( email )

Lancaster LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Graeme Currie

University of Warwick ( email )

Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom

Ronit Dinovitzer

University of Toronto ( email )

Department of Sociology
Toronto, Ontario
Canada

American Bar Foundation ( email )

750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Daniel Muzio

University of York - The York Management School ( email )

Sally Baldwin Buildings
Heslington
York, North Yorkshire YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

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