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The arena of the professional body : Sport, autonomy and ambition in professional service firms

Costas, Jana; Blagoev, Blagoy and Kärreman, Dan LU (2016) In Scandinavian Journal of Management 32(1). p.10-19
Abstract

This paper explores the interplay of sport, the professional body and the self in professional service firms. We draw on qualitative data collected at two large international management consulting firms to show how individuals use sport to construct and enact themselves as autonomous and ambitious professionals, as well as to escape from frustrations arising in their everyday work life. We develop how this turn to sport can be viewed as an attempt to deal with the conflicting discourses of autonomy and ambition prevalent in professional service firms. In so doing, the paper seeks to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the significance of the professional body for understanding the management and control regimes of professional... (More)

This paper explores the interplay of sport, the professional body and the self in professional service firms. We draw on qualitative data collected at two large international management consulting firms to show how individuals use sport to construct and enact themselves as autonomous and ambitious professionals, as well as to escape from frustrations arising in their everyday work life. We develop how this turn to sport can be viewed as an attempt to deal with the conflicting discourses of autonomy and ambition prevalent in professional service firms. In so doing, the paper seeks to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the significance of the professional body for understanding the management and control regimes of professional service firms.

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Ambition, Autonomy, Professional body, Professional self, Sport
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Scandinavian Journal of Management
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32
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1
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10 pages
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Elsevier
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0956-5221
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10.1016/j.scaman.2015.10.003
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  author       = {Costas, Jana and Blagoev, Blagoy and Kärreman, Dan},
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  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Management},
  title        = {The arena of the professional body : Sport, autonomy and ambition in professional service firms},
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  volume       = {32},
  year         = {2016},
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