Professional Work. A Sociological Approach

  • ID: 2250852
  • Book
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Professional Work: A Sociological Approach is an introduction examining recent trends in the world of professional work. Authors Kevin Leicht and Mary Fennell review the history and theory of managerial and professional work, and then describe specific contemporary changes in professions and work–settings. Through their insightful and detailed research of recent demographics in the workplace, the authors reveal an increasingly unified elite division of labor that casts the role of the manager as a ′new professional′.

The book includes important data on racial diversity and gender representation in fields such as law and medicine, giving an accurate and up–to–date overview of two major professions. Also included in the book are definitions of key terms, and over 75 original tables and figures, making this an accomplished text on contemporary organizations and professional labor.

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List of Figures.

List of Tables.


1. Professional and Managerial Work in the 21st Century.

2. Conceptual Background: The Expert Division of Labor and Professional Work.

3. Managers and Managerial Work in the 20th Century.

4. The Neoentrepreneurial Workplace.

5. Theoretical Models of Professional Work.

6. Change in the Organizational Context of Managerial and Professional Work.

7. Interest Diversity and Demographic Diversity Among Professionals.

8. Organizations as Vehicles for Producing Stratification Among Professionals.

9. Conclusion: The Rise of the Postorganizational Workplace.

Additional Readings on Professions.



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"Managerial prerogatives are expanding while professionals find their autonomy and sphere of discretion shrinking. That is the provocative thesis of this thoughtfully crafted and carefully documented analysis of the dynamics of elite occupations and the changing nature of the workplace. Leicht and Fennell′s volume is an impressive and innovative contribution to both the sociology of work and social stratification."W. Richard Scott, Stanford University

"The idea that managers and professionals are exchanging places is a novel way of thinking about the changes that are occurring in the division of labor in elite occupations and the shift toward less bureaucratized organizations." Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"This book does a good job integrating organizational theory and arguing for a new interpretation of the nature of work in elite occupations. It should be particularly valuable to those who study organizations, work, and social inequality." Choice

"Professional Work, organized into nine chapters, provides an instructive historical and theoretical overview of managerial and professional work. [...] this book is thoughtful and creative in its use of existing data sources" Kevin D. Henson, University of Chicago, Contemporary Sociology 31, 5

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