Title

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

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Labour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

RAS ID

30590

Comments

Ali Abadi, H., Ayentimi, D. T., & Coetzer, A. (2020). The meaning and essential nature of a profession: A multi-perspective approach. Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 30(1), 85-96. https://doi.org/10.1080/10301763.2020.1723784

Abstract

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.

DOI

10.1080/10301763.2020.1723784

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