Professional competence as ways of being: An existential ontological perspective

Sandberg, J. and Pinnington, A. (2009) Professional competence as ways of being: An existential ontological perspective. Journal of Management Studies, 46 7: 1138-1170. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00845.x

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Author Sandberg, J.
Pinnington, A.
Title Professional competence as ways of being: An existential ontological perspective
Journal name Journal of Management Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2380
Publication date 2009-11
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00845.x
Volume 46
Issue 7
Start page 1138
End page 1170
Total pages 33
Editor Brudenell, J.
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
150305 Human Resources Management
910402 Management
Abstract Current theories propose that professional competence is primarily constituted by scientific and tacit knowledge, knowing-in-action, understanding of work or practice. While providing valuable insights we contend that they present a fragmented understanding of professional competence. In particular, they do not adequately explain how central aspects of practice such as knowledge and understanding are integrated into a specific professional competence in work performance. An existential ontological perspective is proposed as offering a more comprehensive and integrative analysis of professional competence. It is explored through an empirical study of corporate lawyers and the findings suggest that professional competence should be understood as ways of being. The results show that different ways of practising corporate law distinguish and integrate a specific understanding of work, a particular self-understanding, other people, and tools into distinct forms of competence in corporate law.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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