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The meaning and essential nature of a profession: a multi-perspective approach


Abadi, HA and Ayentimi, DT and Coetzer, A, The meaning and essential nature of a profession: a multi-perspective approach, Labour and Industry, 30 pp. 85-96. ISSN 1030-1763 (2020) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10301763.2020.1723784


In the existing literature, there is a lack of consensus among scholars within different research disciplines on the meaning and particularly essential elements of a profession. Consensus would be beneficial to the ongoing debates relating to the notion of a ‘profession’, and related concepts such as ‘professionalisation’ and ‘professionalism’, within the new social systems and organisational work context. To address this limitation of the literature, this paper aims to develop and propose a multidisciplinary understanding of the meaning and essential elements of a profession. To accomplish this aim, we draw on the disciplines of psychology, management and sociology and integrate these diverse perspectives to extend prior theorisations. Implications of our integrative analyses for advancing profession-related research and practice are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:profession, professionalism, professionalization
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Human resources management
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Ayentimi, DT (Dr Desmond Ayentimi)
ID Code:138587
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2020-04-16
Last Modified:2021-07-06

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