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Experts, Professions and Organisations in Late Modernity

Michael Reed (Lancaster University)

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Article publication date: 1 May 1992



The focus for this paper is the changing relationship between expertise, professional power and organisational control within advanced industrial societies. The analysis of this changing relationship is located within a more detailed appreciation of the ways in which the ‘expert division of labour’ within such societies is being restructured and the impact of this restructuring process on established patterns also raises some fundamental questions concerning the increasingly strategic role which specialist knowledge, and the organisational structures through which it is developed and managed, plays in shaping the power struggles that will determine the distribution of rewards between contending social groups within the ‘new’ political economies beginning to emerge in ‘disorganized societies’.


Reed, M. (1992), "Experts, Professions and Organisations in Late Modernity", Management Research News, Vol. 15 No. 5/6, pp. 55-56.




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