Beyond received wisdom: an integrative perspective on organizing professionals

We argue for an integrative perspective on organizing professionals, one which focuses on the dynamic interplay between the professional service firm and the contending, and sometimes conflicting, perspectives presented by the profession, professionals, and their clients.

Updated: 02/11/2011
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Beyond dichotomies: a multi-stage model of governance in professional service firms

The current working paper argues that these dichotomized models ignore the variety of forms of governance prevalent within the professional service firm sector- in reality a professional service firm will adopt multiple forms of governance over time in response to its increasing scale and complexity.

Updated: 01/09/2014
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Cass Ethics with Cameron Cartmell: diversity and inclusiveness at Ernst & Young

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Edouard Larpin

 et al.

In the second edition of Cass Ethics, Cameron Cartmell a Partner at Ernst & Young tells us how important diversity and inclusiveness are in his firm.

Updated: 21/10/2011
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Beyond the firm: a new way of looking at professional service firms

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.

Updated: 22/09/2011
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It's just a stage you’re going through

Partnership or corporation? Private or public? Adhocracy or professional bureaucracy? It is very easy to think of the governance of professional service firms in terms of these simple dichotomies.

Updated: 22/09/2011
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Back to the future: a long term solution to the occupational pensions crisis

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DC schemes have some substantial weaknesses, and a continuation of current policies will probably lead to another pensions crisis in a few decades.

Updated: 22/09/2011
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What are professional service firms and why do we study them?

The word 'professional' is often used rather loosely: the lay person will as easily apply it to footballers, actors, and hairdressers as to lawyers and accountants. In the altogether more precise language of academics it is still a highly contested term - as, by extension, is the expression professional service firm (PSF).

Updated: 22/09/2011
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Managing the pain of knowledge-based mergers

Mergers and acquisitions are supposed to create value. For professional service firms (PSFs), which are knowledge-based organizations, this value is created through gaining access to and making effective use of new sources of knowledge. It can be the technical knowledge needed to deliver a professional service or the client knowledge required to tailor that service to a client's needs - and ideally it should be both.

Updated: 21/10/2011
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The stories firms tell

We all tell stories about ourselves - sometimes to others to make us look successful, charming, clever etc., sometimes to ourselves to help us explain or excuse our behavior.

Updated: 02/11/2011
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Views: 5,776