Why management can never be a profession

Segon, Michael, Booth, Chris and Pearce, Jeremy (2016) Why management can never be a profession. In: European Business Ethics Network Research Conference, October 1-3, 2015, Copenhagen.

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Managers often refer to themselves as professionals and claim to act professionally. However does such a proposition mean that managers belong to a profession?
This paper reviews professional ethics and business literature to establish whether there is an accepted view of what constitutes a profession. It will present definitions of the terms profession and occupation, and canvas the differing views regarding the characteristics that appear to typify a profession. The paper will present a series of propositions supporting a typology of classification of a profession. This proposition-based assessment typology will then be applied to a case analysis of a managerial association to assess its classification as representing a profession. Finally this information will then be used to analyse whether management actually qualifies as profession. A conclusion will consider the findings and comment on the impacts for understanding of the term profession when applied to occupations.

Keywords:business management
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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ID Code:19406
Deposited On:30 Oct 2015 09:30

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