The Fearful and Anxious Professional: Partner Experiences of Working in the Financialized Professional Services Firm

Scott M. Allan (Corresponding Author), James R. Faulconbridge, Pete Thomas

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Abstract

This article explores the work and career of law firm partners in the context of a financialised organisational regime, highlighting the effects of performance measures and metrics on the ways partners see themselves and their careers. The empirical analysis reveals a sense of fear and anxiety as partners experience the scrutiny and pressure of financialised performance management. Furthermore, it reveals partners face contradictory demands as they are pushed to meet financial and ‘citizen’ objectives within the firm. The result is a career as a ‘project of the self’ that relies on various protection strategies and which results in professionals captured by ‘financialization’ and unable to assimilate its demands in ways that protect traditional professional values.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-130
Number of pages29
JournalWork, Employment & Society
Volume33
Issue number1
Early online date24 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

Keywords

  • career
  • financialization
  • professional services firm
  • professions
  • Career
  • ORGANIZATION
  • TRANSFORMATION
  • CAREER
  • IDENTITY WORK
  • SELVES
  • SHAREHOLDER VALUE
  • LABOR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Accounting
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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