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Professionals, Networking and the Networked Professional

Professional Service Firms

ISBN: 978-0-76231-302-0, eISBN: 978-1-84950-407-2

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 26 June 2006


Drawing upon an eight-year-long study of two of the global accounting firms, this chapter suggests that a key aspect of professionalism is networking. Networking within these firms is crucial to achieving and demonstrating professional competence and to career advancement. It involves sophisticated forms of social practice and permeates a range of organizational processes. It is argued that networking also implies and potentially creates and regulates a particular kind of identity, namely that of the networked self or, more specifically, the networked professional.


Anderson-Gough, F., Grey, C. and Robson, K. (2006), "Professionals, Networking and the Networked Professional", Greenwood, R. and Suddaby, R. (Ed.) Professional Service Firms (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 24), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 231-256.



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