Competence regimes in professional service firm internationalization and professional careers

Pinnington, Ashly H. and Sandberg, Jorgen (2014) Competence regimes in professional service firm internationalization and professional careers. Group & Organization Management, 39 5: 561-591. doi:10.1177/1059601114548273

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Author Pinnington, Ashly H.
Sandberg, Jorgen
Title Competence regimes in professional service firm internationalization and professional careers
Journal name Group & Organization Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1059-6011
Publication date 2014-10-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1059601114548273
Volume 39
Issue 5
Start page 561
End page 591
Total pages 31
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Professional service firms (PSFs) are dependent on the competence of their employees to develop and retain new business. We investigate how PSFs utilize professional competence for strategic goals such as business internationalization and simultaneously facilitate professionals’ career mobility. We examine over a 5-year period the careers of 29 lawyers working in a large corporate law firm and identify four different competence regimes: technicians, project managers, competitive analysts, and global strategists. We argue that these competence regimes enable PSFs to pursue organizational business strategies while advancing or constraining or even undermining professional employees’ career goals and aspirations. Specifically, we show how the four competence regimes facilitate the PSF’s strategy to internationalize its business and support high performing employees’ social mobility goals to develop their professional competence and advance their career. We then give suggestions for future research studies on competence regimes in professional organizations.
Keyword Human resource management
Professional competence
Career mobility
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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