The push and pull between professional autonomy and organizational change

Organizational Challenges to Professional Authority and Autonomy

Professionals - members of occupations that leverage abstract expertise and related techniques to control a class of problems - increasingly work in bureaucratic organizations. As a result, organizational change efforts have implications for their authority and autonomy in the organization. Across two projects Ruthanne examines how professionals within the organization shape the changes as they unfold through both resistance and accommodation and experience adjustments to their jurisdiction. She examines the ongoing processes through which professional control is eroded, facilitating organizational change, and the practices and relations that preserve professional control. She generates new insights about how professional control is won and lost, and the processes, mechanisms, and conditions under which some aspects of the organization are eventually altered while others are not.