Posts Tagged ‘professions’

Professions and Narratives: Can They Reconstruct Their Futures

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 05:51

(thanks I have put up new paper on SSRN titled: “Professions and Professional Service Firms in a GlobalContext: Reframing Narratives“. The abstract reads: Professions are changing rapidly and profoundly as new technologies, organisational forms, and regulations are introduced into the professional world. As a result, professions are creating new narratives to stake their legitimate […]

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Professions and Technology: History and Transformation

Monday, August 1st, 2016 at 08:30

I gave a presentation at a roundtable organised by the Royal Society on professions and machine learning recently. This is the text: Professions and Technology: History and Transformation One way of characterising professions is as vehicles that convey expertise to consumers who are unable to generate that expertise themselves. To this basic formulation we add […]

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The Sociology of the Professions: Lawyers, Doctors and Others…redux

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 15:11

(thanks to┬ákardsunlimited) Years ago, as a naive graduate student at Warwick, I was invited to a conference on lawyers, doctors and others at Oxford. Philip Lewis organised it. What I loved about the conference was that all my heroes in the sociology of the professions and lawyers were there–Eliot Freidson, Terry Johnson, Marc Galanter,┬áDietrich Rueschemeyer, […]

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What is a lawyer?

Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 19:30

(Thanks to It’s a hoary old question, tired and probably pointless today. Yet Jonathan Goldsmith has asked it again as he works the room at the International Bar Association’s meetings in Tokyo. He tries to answer his question using what we call the “trait” theory of professions. Do you pass exams? Do you have […]

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Are Machines Ethical? at ILEC VI in London

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 09:00

I gave my paper on “Are Machines Ethical?” which was based on this slide. It’s a work in development which will ultimately result in a paper. Paul Maharg of Australian National University blogged on the session that included my paper. He’s taken the topic in an interesting direction, even to the extent of quoting from […]

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