Professional Autonomy versus Corporate Control

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Publication date

2012

Series/Report no

Professions and Professionalism;2(1)

Publisher

Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus

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Abstract

Professionalism and bureaucracy tend to be understood as incompatible systems of work organization, represented by the ideals of collegiality and auton-omy versus control and supervision. I present a historical case study from early 20th century Norway examining the potential clash between efforts made toward professionalization and bureaucratization in industry. Based on my findings, I argue that there is neither an inherent conflict between professionalism and bureaucracy nor static national trajectories at the level of professional versus bureaucratic work organization.

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Permanent URL (for citation purposes)

  • http://dx.doi.org/10.7577/pp.v2i1.164
  • http://hdl.handle.net/10642/1354