Professional service firms hold a particular significance for organisational
scholars. This is partly to do with the critical position that they occupy in
the economic, social, and political realms, and partly because any developments
in professional service firms can have far-reaching implications for the study
of organisations more generally.
A working paper, Beyond received wisdom: An integrative perspective on
organizing professionals by Laura Empson, Joseph P. Broschak (University of
Arizona), and Huseyin Leblebici (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign),
contends that most existing studies of professional service firms are limited
by focusing only on the firm itself. They neglect the fundamental role played
by the individuals who enact their professional lives within the firm, and the
clients and professional regulators who shape the context within which firms
Professor Laura Empson is the Director of the Centre for Professional Service Firms at
Cass Business School.