The fearful and anxious professional:partner experiences of working in the financialised professional services firm

Allan, Scott and Faulconbridge, James Robert and Thomas, Peter (2019) The fearful and anxious professional:partner experiences of working in the financialised professional services firm. Work, Employment and Society, 33 (1). pp. 112-130. ISSN 0950-0170

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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.

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Journal Article
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Work, Employment and Society
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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Work, Employment and Society, 33 (1), 2019, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2019 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Work, Employment and Society page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/wes on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com
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126348
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Deposited On:
24 Jul 2018 10:32
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Yes
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Published
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22 Sep 2020 03:59