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Controls of knowledge production, sharing and use in bureaucratized Professional Service Firms

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Controls of knowledge production, sharing and use in bureaucratized Professional Service Firms

Brivot, M. (2011) Controls of knowledge production, sharing and use in bureaucratized Professional Service Firms. Organization Studies, 32 (4). pp. 489-508. ISSN 0170-8406

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840611400284

Abstract

One of the main obstacles to the current bureaucratization trend in large professional service firms (PSFs) is the organic nature of professional knowledge production, sharing and use. Centralized knowledge management (KM) systems aimed at codifying ‘best practice’ solutions to recurrent client questions for large-scale reuse are a common strategy increasingly employed to overcome this obstacle. Using a socio-ethnographic case study of a business law firm in Paris, this research examines whether the use of centralized KM systems in bureaucratized PSFs contributes to a shift in power from professionals to managers. More specifically, are administrative controls over knowledge resources increasing, or do professionals retain power (i.e. some level of social and self-control) over knowledge production, sharing and use? The results of this study indicate that, far from losing ground, professionals’ social and self-controls have been reinvented and reformed in a bureaucratized context.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Accountancy
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Brivot, M.
Journal or Publication:Organization Studies
Date:2011
Keywords:Professional service firms (PSFs); Bureaucratisation; Knowledge management (KM) systems; Organisational controls; Organisational archetypes.
ID Code:7742
Deposited By:ROSARIE COUGHLAN
Deposited On:24 Jul 2011 17:12
Last Modified:30 Apr 2012 01:38
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