The Routledge Companion to the Professions and Professionalism is a state-of-the-art reference work which maps out the current developments and debates around the sociology of the professions, and how they relate to management and organizations.

Supported by an international contributor team specializing in the disciplines of organizational studies and sociology, the collection provides extensive coverage of this field of research. It brings together the core concepts and issues, and has chapters on all the key aspects of professions in both the public and private sectors, including issues of governance and regulation. The volume closes with a set of international case studies which provide valuable practical insights into the subject.

This Companion will be an indispensable reference source for students, scholars and educators within the social sciences, especially within management, organizational studies and sociology. It will also be highly relevant for those working and studying in the area of professional education.

chapter |10 pages

General introduction

The changing world of professions and professionalism
ByMike Dent, Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Jean-Louis Denis, Ellen Kuhlmann

part Part I|76 pages

Theories and contemporary context of professions and professionalism

chapter |2 pages


ByMike Dent

chapter 2|14 pages

Governance and professions

ByEllen Kuhlmann, Tuba Agartan, Mia von Knorring

chapter 3|12 pages

Professions, service users and citizenship

Deliberation, choice and responsibility
ByEvelien Tonkens

chapter 4|14 pages

Gender, diversity and intersectionality in professions and potential professions

Analytical, historical and contemporary perspectives
ByJeff Hearn, Ingrid Biese, Marta Choroszewicz, Liisa Husu

chapter 5|16 pages

Professions and power

A review of theories of professions and power
ByMike Saks

part Part II|72 pages

Governing the professions and professionalism

chapter |2 pages


ByEllen Kuhlmann

chapter 6|11 pages

Governing through professional experts

ByViola Burau

chapter 7|14 pages

Professions and financial incentives

ByRuth McDonald, Crawford Spence

chapter 8|13 pages

Professionalism and entrepreneurialism

BySeppo Poutanen, Anne Kovalainen

chapter 9|15 pages

Professionalism, trust and cooperation

ByPatrick Brown, Michael Calnan

chapter 10|15 pages

Professionalism and knowledge

ByTeresa Carvalho, Rui Santiago

part Part III|70 pages

Professions, management and leadership

chapter |2 pages


ByJean-Louis Denis

chapter 11|12 pages

Restructuring professional organizations

ByC. R. (Bob) Hinings

chapter 12|13 pages

Hybrid managers and professional leadership

ByIan Kirkpatrick

chapter 13|12 pages

The professionalization of management

ByKevin T. Leicht

chapter 14|15 pages

Leadership and ‘leaderism'

The discourse of professional leadership and the practice of management control in public services
ByMichael I. Reed

chapter 15|14 pages

Professional agency, leadership and organizational change

ByJean-Louis Denis, Nicolette van Gestel, Annick Lepage

part Part IV|84 pages

Global professionalism and the emerging economies

chapter |4 pages


ByIvy Lynn Bourgeault

chapter 16|16 pages

Accountancy, finance and banking

The global reach of the professions
ByColin Haslam

chapter 17|14 pages

Professions and professionalism in emerging economies

The case of South Africa
ByDebby Bonnin, Shaun Ruggunan

chapter 18|15 pages

India (International) Inc.

Global work and the (re-)organization of professionalism in emerging economies
BySwethaa Ballakrishnen

chapter 19|15 pages

Professions and professionalization in Russia

ByElena Iarskaia-Smirnova, Roman Abramov

chapter 20|18 pages

Professions and the migration of expert labour

Towards an intersectional analysis of transnational mobility patterns and integration pathways of health professionals
ByIvy Lynn Bourgeault, Sirpa Wrede, Cecilia Benoit, Elena Neiterman

part Part V|72 pages

Sectoral analysis

chapter |2 pages


ByMike Dent

chapter 21|12 pages

The professoriate and professionalism in the academy

ByLinda Muzzin, Maria Athina (Tina) Martimianakis

chapter 22|14 pages

Contemporary education policy and teacher professionalism

BySølvi Mausethagen, Jens-Christian Smeby

chapter 23|12 pages

Interprofessional working for the health professions

From fried eggs to omelettes?
BySusan Nancarrow, Alan Borthwick

chapter 24|16 pages

Professional identity and social work

ByStephen A. Webb

chapter 25|14 pages

Journalism and its professional challenges

ByChristiane Schnell