Oxford Saïd conference on Professional Service Firms

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This conference takes place annually and is a partnership between Saïd Business School and the Journal of Professions and Organization.

In 2021, the conference will aim to examine how we can manage integration, integrity and Identity at the boundaries of professional practice.

The role of professionals in service delivery is increasingly shifting from 'expert' to 'orchestrator.' They are advising from within the boundaries of their technical expertise and integrating across disciplinary, organisational, technological and jurisdictional boundaries. Add to that the additional pressures of work-life ‘integration’ and remote working that the COVID-19 pandemic has produced and it is evident how – across all these trends – efforts of integration also produce challenges of integrity and identity for professionals, the organisations that employ them and the institutions that regulate them.

Timing and venue

The conference will be a virtual event, held on September 12-14, 2021.

Proceedings will start with an informal get together on Sunday evening and conclude on Tuesday afternoon (GMT). The conference agenda will be mindful of participants’ various locations and time zones in order to maximise opportunities for interaction and discussion for all participants.

There is no fee for attending the virtual conference. Should UK government advice and University policy allow international travel and in-person gatherings in September 2021, we may offer some opportunities for personal interaction at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. We will announce these options in early August 2021.

Call for papers

We invite contributions – both empirical and theoretical – which examine challenges of integration, integrity and identity at the personal, organisational and institutional level. Manuscripts covering a range of professionals and professional organisations including law, accounting, architecture, healthcare, management consulting, and advertising are welcome.

Key dates and further information:

  • Please submit an abstract of around 2000 words to PSFconference@sbs.ox.ac.uk by 30 April 2021
  • Abstracts will be reviewed and decisions announced by 15 May, 2021
  • Full papers are due by August 31, 2021.

Read the full call for papers.

The Journal of Professions and Organization

The conference is a partnership between Oxford Saïd and the Journal of Professions and Organization.

The Journal of Professions and Organization (JPO) was launched in 2013 by Oxford University Press to further research on professionals and their organisations. Each year the Professional Service Firm Hub at Oxford sponsors the JPO Best Paper Award; winners are recognised during a short ceremony at the conference.