Colleagues or clients?
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Introduction One aspect of enterprise culture has been a challenge to the professions as a means of organising work (Ferlie et al. 1996) and a questioning o f the power differential inherent in professional-client relationships (Crompton 1990). This chapter explores the challenge posed by enterprise culture by looking at the work o f a profession already on the margins of society to see what workplace practices its members use to sustain their professional modes o f interacting with their clients, church members. The data discussed are drawn from a larger study o f the social action o f the local church. The disciplinary base of the study is organisational theory, but the chapter seeks to make some connections with the sociology o f the professions. The chapter assumes that clergy can be regarded as professionals, and focuses on the workplace practices o f a sample o f clergy, rather than looking at the clerical profession as an entity.