Executive remuneration consultancy in the UK: exploring a professional project through the lens of institutional work

Adamson, Maria, Manson, Stuart and Zakaria, Idlan (2015) Executive remuneration consultancy in the UK: exploring a professional project through the lens of institutional work. Journal of Professions and Organization, 2 (1). pp. 19-37. ISSN 2051-8803 (doi:10.1093/jpo/jou007)

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Abstract

This article responds to recent calls to examine the development of professionalism through the lens of institutional theory. We investigate the development of the new professional service of executive remuneration consultancy (ERC) in the UK through the lens of institutional work. Specifically, drawing upon Lawrence and Suddaby (2006) and Suddaby and Viale (2011), we explore the relationship between macro-scale occupational/organizational and micro-scale individual-level dynamics of the ERC professional project and situate its development in relation to the broader field of executive remuneration practices. We show that the institutional work of creating the new professional project is contested and that the ERC development may be better understood as part of broader efforts to create and maintain the institution of executive pay-setting practices. We argue that the institutional work lens has the potential to produce a more nuanced understanding of the internal dynamics of the ERC professionalization process and its role in reconfiguring broader institutional arrangements. By exploring the analytical purchase of the concept of institutional work, the article contributes to the emerging body of empirical evidence outlining the potential of (neo-) institutional approaches to offer a more productive understanding of contemporary professionalism

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First published online: November 6, 2014.
Keywords (uncontrolled): professional project; institutional work; executive remuneration consultants; professionalization; emerging professions; neo-institutional theory
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
Item ID: 14492
Notes on copyright: 24 month embargo. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Professions and Organization following peer review. The version of record, Adamson, Maria and Manson, Stuart and Zakaria, Idlan (2015) Executive remuneration consultancy in the UK: exploring a professional project through the lens of institutional work. Journal of Professions and Organization, 2 (1). pp. 19-37. ISSN 2051-8803, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jpo/jou007
Depositing User: Maria Adamson
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 13:35
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 17:17
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14492

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