Restructuring the Professional Organization: Accounting, Health Care and Law

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David Brock, Michael Powell, Michael J. Powell, Christopher Robin Hinings
Psychology Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 259 pages
In recent years the professions have undergone radical transformation. With the advent of rapidly changing markets, more sophisticated and demanding clients, deregulation and increased competition, the generalist professional partnerships have given way to larger, more corporate forms of organization, comprising increasingly autonomous specialist business units.
This volume critically examines these changes through an examination of the archetypes which characterize accounting, health care and law practitioners. With examples drawn from Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA, Restructuring the Professional Organization will be of interest to all students of organization studies seeking to understand the issues and problems confronting the professions as they move to the new millennium.
Topics covered include:
* a review of the models of professional organization
*drivers of change in professional organizations
* internal dynamics of changes in these organizations
* new organizational forms and archetypes.
 

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Contents

The changing professional organization
1
Internationalization of professional services Implications for accounting firms
20
Global clients demands driving change in global business advisory firms
41
Institutional effects on organizational governance and conformity The case of the Kaiser Permanente and the United States health care field
68
Restructuring law firms Reflexivity and emerging forms
87
The struggle to redefine boundaries in health care systems
105
The dynamics of change in large accounting firms
131
Professionals organizing professionals Comparing the logic of United States and United Kingdom law practice John Flood
154
All fur coat and no knickers Contemporary organizational change in United Kingdom hospitals
183
Continuity and change in professional organizations Evidence from British law firms
200
The restructured professional organization Corporates cobwebs and cowboys
215
References
230
Index
249
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About the author (1999)

David Brock was born in 1962 in Washington, D. C. The University of California, Berkeley is his alma mater. He is a widely published author, journalist, and Democratic activist. In 2004, Brock founded Media Matters, the nation's premier media watchdog. Following the 2010 elections, Brock founded the Democratic SuperPAC American Bridge, which is one of the largest modern campaign war rooms ever assembled using research, tracking, and rapid response to defeat Republicans. He is the author of five books, including his 2002 best-selling memoir, Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative. Killing the Messenger, published in (2015, is his current bestseller. His writing appears in USA Today, CNN.com, the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast and Salon. He lives in Washington, D. C.

Michael Powell (1905-90) was one of Britain's foremost directors and a three-time Academy Award nominee for The Red Shoes, 49th Parallel, and One of Our Aircraft Is Missing.

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