The Professional Service Firms Group includes some of the world's foremost thinkers in the field.
The group seeks to explore key challenges confronting the professional services sector and to inform policymaking. Its members sit on the editorial board of several academic journals, including the Journal of Professions and Organization (JPO), and their work has been published in leading international journals as well as prize-winning monographs. Each year, JPO announces the winner of its 'best paper' award at the Annual Oxford Conference on Professional Service Firms, an award of $1,000 sponsored by the PSF research cluster. The teaching team is also well known for its work in executive education and advisory work with professional firms.
The group investigates the internal and external dynamics of professional service firms and their impact on business and society. They are concerned with the professional firm as a distinct organisational form and the impact of this distinctiveness on processes of innovation and change. They are interested in the development and management of professional expertise and ethics, and examine social and formal processes by which these are nurtured and regulated.
Research projects are focused around the observation and management of such firms, the issues faced by people working within them, and policy issues of concern to both clients and regulators. Current projects seek to examine the ways in which professional service firms aim to influence external stakeholders in order to build a novel reputation and cement their strategic position, and to review the ways in which team leaders seek to balance contradictory goals in the management of individuals and teams.
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Strategic learning and development in professional services firms
The business model of professional service firms is rapidly evolving. This series of papers seeks to answer some of the most important strategic questions on the agenda of professional services today. Find out more.
Novak Druce Centre insights
This series aims to provide accessible summaries of research by members and associates of professional service firms. Derived from academic papers and books, but re-written and presented with practitioners in mind, it is designed to be thought-provoking and challenging. Find out more.
Embracing the “new normal” in professional service
The annual Oxford Saïd conference on Professional Service Firms is a partnership between Saïd Business School and the Journal of Professions and Organization. This year the conference will seek to harness this spirit of innovation, dialogue and community. Find out more.