No professional is an island. Despite their capacity to monopolize and erect entry barriers in terms of either formal credentials or membership of certain organizations, professionalism is inextricably bound up with collective accomplishments on a day-to-day basis and the capacity to share all the resources that constitute the professional domain of expertise. Knowledge Sharing in Professions looks at professionalism as a form of systematic and institutionalized knowledge sharing. It analyses professionalism through the everyday practices in professional communities and the organizations where they work. Three empirical studies, of pharmaceutical clinical trials researchers, management consultants, and architects, are presented, serving to illustrate the relational nature of these and other professions, and how members of professional communities are constantly exchanging data, information, and know-how in their everyday work. Alexander Styhre seeks to understand the role of professions and other forms of experts in contemporary society on the basis of complementary perspectives, that is to say, the communal and collegial nature of professional work. This book represents a valuable contribution both to the sociological literature on professions and the business orientated literature on knowledge management and should promote further new research on professionalism.
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Looks at professionalism as a form of systematic and institutionalized knowledge sharing. This title analyses professionalism through the everyday practices in professional communities and the organizations where they work. It presents three empirical studies, of pharmaceutical clinical trials researchers, management consultants, and architects.
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Contents: Preface; Introduction; Part 1 Theory: Professionals, practitioners, practices; Knowledge sharing as identity work and professional virtue. Part 2 Practices: Life science work: the sharing of knowledge and mutual adjustment in dynamic environments; Management consultants: knowledge claims, relational identities, and the need for knowledge sharing in consulting work; Architects: visuality and materiality in design and construction work; Knowledge sharing as professional practice: theoretical and practical implications; Bibliography; Index.
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ISBN
9781409420972
Publisert
2011
Utgiver
Vendor
Ashgate Publishing Limited
Vekt
612 gr
Høyde
246 mm
Bredde
174 mm
Aldersnivå
U, 05
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
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Antall sider
208

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Alexander Styhre is Professor, Chair of Organization Theory and Management in the Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics, and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Professor Styhre has published extensively in the field of organization theory, his most recent books are Visual Cultures in Organizations (Routledge, 2010) and Perception and Organization (Palgrave, 2009). Styhre has participated in research projects at major Swedish companies such as Ericsson, Skanska, PEAB, AstraZeneca, and Volvo Car Corporation.