Professional Occupations and Organizations

Daniel Muzio, Sundeep Aluackh, Ian Kirkpatrick

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In this Element, we engage with fundamental questions concerning the future trajectory of professions as a distinct occupational category and of the formal organizations which represent, employ or host professionals. We begin with a literature review that identifies a functionalist, power and institutionalist lens for
the study of professional occupations and organizations. We then review a series of challenges which face the contemporary professions. Finally, we explore contemporary developments in the worlds of professions applying three units of analysis: macro (professional occupations and their associations), meso (professional organizations) and micro (professional workers)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages100
ISBN (Electronic)9781108804318
ISBN (Print)9781108789851
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameElements in Organization Theory
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • professional organizations
  • professional occupations
  • professionals

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