Daniel Muzio

Daniel Muzio
The University of York · York Management School

LLB, MA, PhD

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September 2013 - present
Newcastle University
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  • Professor
September 2007 - September 2011
University of Leeds
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Professions have traditionally been thought to act as 'social trustees' of key skills for the benefit of society as a whole or as 'gatekeepers' who play a fundamental role in maintaining the integrity of broader institutions. Yet recent scandals from Enron to Parmalat and the recent financial crisis call into question the fiduciary role played by t...
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In this paper we use the case of the internationalization of English law firms into Italy, and the refocusing of their operations on the city of Milan, to make a number of contributions to existing literatures on responses to institutional complexity. Firstly, we contribute to the literature on how organizations address complexity at the field leve...
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Cambridge Core - International Relations and International Organisations - Professional Networks in Transnational Governance - edited by Leonard Seabrooke
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Beginning with this article, our special issue advances the understanding of the role of professions in processes of institutional change and through this it proposes a retheorization of contemporary professionalism. Using institutionalist lenses in professional settings, we highlight the relationship between professionalization and broader institu...
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In this introductory article for the special issue of Journal of Management Studies, entitled ‘Diversity perspective in management: Towards more complex conceptualizations of diversity in management studies’, we highlight thematic research avenues that emerged out of the set of studies accepted for publication. Recognizing that even a set of articl...
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One of the key criticisms of management scholarship is its Western and particularly Anglo‐American bias. That is, its reliance on theories, concepts and models developed in Anglo‐American contexts and therefore reflecting Anglo‐American interests, values and sensitivities. This is coupled with the assumption that these theories, concepts and models...
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Opinion is divided on how far and in what ways professionalism as a mode of regulation has evolved. To date, attention has focused on the impact of neoliberal political and economic ideologies that challenge the idea that professions should be trusted to regulate themselves. This article further examines the impact of these attacks on professionali...
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The COVID‐19 pandemic and its medical, social and economic impacts presented profound challenges to business, government, and society. It also presents management scholars with an opportunity to rethink some of our core assumptions and directions of our research. In response, in the Summer of 2020, in our capacity as co‐ General Editors of the Jour...
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Existing studies have developed increasingly sophisticated accounts of the performative agency of valuation devices and their effects on markets and organizations. In particular, research has focused on the work of different actors to legitimize valuation devices and ensure their adoption, which then leads to performativity. This paper extends work...
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Focusing on the lived intersection of social class and hegemonic masculinity, this article uses data elicited over a 5-year period to analyze the experiences of 10 white male participants from nonprivileged socioeconomic backgrounds , who were recruited as information technology professionals by a prestigious professional service firm (PSF). Employ...
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Cambridge Core - Organisation Studies - Professional Occupations and Organizations - by Daniel Muzio
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We investigate institutional change as the co-occurrence of deinstitutionalization and institutionalization, while accounting for its determinants at multiple levels of analysis to further our understanding of how individual characteristics aggregated at the organizational level and organizational characteristics together account for the erosion an...
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Studies of emerging professions are more and more at the crossroad of different fields of research, and field boundaries thus hamper the development of a full-fledged conversation. In an attempt to bridge these boundaries, this article offers a ‘generative dialogue’ about the redefinition of the professionalization project through the case of corpo...
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Last few years have seen a huge increase of publications at the intersection of project management and sustainability. Nevertheless, this field has become increasingly fragmented undermining a steady and consistent development. Aiming at balancing tensions between authors’ attempts for more ‘integration’ and the trajectories toward ‘fragmentation,...
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This paper develops the concept of the subfield as a key feature of field-level change. In particular, it analyses how a subfield emerges, develops and consolidates itself over time. It does this through the concept of field partitioning whereby a formerly established field generates a distinct subfield with its own institutional infrastructure. Th...
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In the light of its surprising absence in extant literature in the domain of the sociology of work, specifically within the journal Work, Employment and Society, this article represents a ‘call to arms’ for research focused upon professional misconduct in healthcare. Specifically, interrogation of four dimensions of professional misconduct in healt...
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In the light of its surprising absence in extant literature in the domain of the sociology of work, specifically within the journal Work, Employment and Society, this article represents a ‘call to arms’ for research focused upon professional misconduct in healthcare. Specifically, interrogation of four dimensions of professional misconduct in healt...
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Professional misconduct has become seemingly ubiquitous in recent decades. However, to date there has been little sustained effort to theorize the phenomenon of professional misconduct, how this relates to professional organizations, and how this may contribute to broader patterns of corruption and wrongdoing. In response to this gap, in this contr...
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Karl Polanyi is arguably one of the most significant economic sociologists. At first glance the links between Polanyi’s ideas about markets, society and institutions and strategy may not be obvious. However, there is a hereto unrecognised link between recent writing about institutions and strategy and Polanyi’s work. In this paper we, therefore, ch...
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Karl Polanyi is arguably one of the most significant economic sociologists. At first glance the links between Polanyi's ideas about markets, society and institutions and strategy may not be obvious. However, there is a hereto unrecognised link between recent writing about institutions and strategy and Polanyi's work. In this paper we, therefore, ch...
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Intersectionality theory is concerned with integrating social characteristics to better understanding complex human relations and inequalities in organizations and societies (McCall 2005). Recently, intersectionality research has taken a categorical and quantitative turn as scholars critically adopt but retain existing social categories to explain...
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Purpose – The professionalization of project management profession has developed differently according to the different environments in which it has been introduced. The objective in this work has been to examine an example of this professional project (Italy) with this research question: “what have been the professionalization strategies of projec...
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‘Sustainability’ in its broadest meaning has acquired a great importance in modern society, and consequently influences almost every aspect of social life. This paper analyses the transformation that the project management profession is undergoing towards the integration of sustainability into its core values and practices. This research uses quali...
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Over the past three decades the Professional Service Firm (PSF) sector has emerged as one of the most rapidly growing, profitable, and significant in the global economy. In 2013 the accountancy, management consulting, legal, and architectural sectors alone generated revenues of US$ 1.6 trillion and employed 14 million people. PSFs play an importan...
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Professional misconduct has become seemingly ubiquitous in recent decades. However, to date there has been little sustained effort to theorize the phenomenon of professional misconduct, how this relates to professional organizations, and how this may contribute to broader patterns of corruption and wrongdoing. In response to this gap, in this contr...
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This paper seeks to develop Fligstein and McAdam’s theory of strategic action fields (2011; 2012). This perspective relates field development patterns to the interactions between different typologies of actors: incumbents, challengers and internal governance units (IGUS). In this paper we focus on the role, behavior and changing strategies of inter...
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Purpose – This paper is premised on the understanding that professions remain central means of institutionalising expertise in society. A summary of major issues that are prominent in recent studies of the professions is presented in order to inform the paper’s central objective which is to scope out an agenda for future research in the area. The p...
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Questions remain about the factors that influence the ability of transnational corporations (TNCs) to shape processes of institutional change. In particular, questions about power relations need more attention. To address such questions, this article develops a neo-institutional theory-inspired analysis of the case of English law firms and their im...
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The professionalisation of certain management occupations, such as Project Management and HRM, has been neglected in recent debates on professions, which instead focus upon the de-regulation of collegial professions or the failure or unwillingness of new expert occupations to professionalise. Project management represents one of a handful of ‘manag...
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We begin by examining the significance of professional service firms (PSFs) in terms of their scale and influence from an economic and societal perspective, and the insights they offer for academic theory. We examine how PSFs have remained “in the shadows”, in terms of their visibility within the economy and within scholarly research, and how and w...
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INTRODUCTION Much attention is currently focused on equality and diversity within the legal profession in England and Wales, not least because the profile of law graduates has markedly diversified over the past 20 years, although senior levels of the profession have yet to reflect the increasing number of women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic...
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Over the past three decades the professional service firm (PSF) sector has emerged as one of the most rapidly growing, profitable, and significant in the global economy. In 2013 the management consulting, accounting, legal, and architectural sectors alone generated revenues of US$ 1.6 trillion and employed 14 million people. PSFs, whether through t...
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In this paper we use the case of the internationalization of English law firms into Italy, and the refocusing of their operations on the city of Milan, to make two contributions to existing literatures on MNCs’ responses to institutional complexity. Firstly, we show through our longitudinal qualitative analysis that responses are determined by the...
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In this essay we describe the growing importance of professions and the organizations in which they work, and we trace some trends in relevant scholarly research on this topic. We start by noting a dearth of recent publications in leading management and organization journals that address the field of professional organizations and include findings...
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This symposium aims to: 1) showcase scholarship in the developing area of professional service firms (PSFs); 2) challenge assumptions and bring new insight about how institutions, organizations and individuals operate in today’s economy; 3) examine the potential for contributing to key theoretical debates within OB, Strategy, and OT; and 4) inspire...
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Recent debates on the organisation of expert labour focus upon either the growing dominance of managerialism over traditional professions or the unwillingness/inability of new expert occupations to professionalise. Such arguments frequently disregard expert occupations which continue to deliberately pursue professionalisation to improve their statu...
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Through a historical case study of the internationalization of large English law firms into Italy, this paper uses Scott’s (2005) three pillars approach to look at how local institutions constrain and mediate the strategies and practices of global professional services firms. In doing so, it corrects the economic bias in the growing body of literat...
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The legal profession in England and Wales is becoming more diverse. However, while white women and black and minority ethnic (BME) individuals now enter the profession in larger numbers, inequalities remain. This article explores the career strategies of 68 white women and BME legal professionals to understand more about their experiences in the pr...
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There has been in recent years a marked upsurge in interest in professionalism in project management. The professionalization of project management is apparently demanded by employers, clients, and sponsors alike, seeking guarantees of competence in the delivery of projects. Equally, there appears to be significant demand on the part of project man...
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The authors examine the ways in which recruitment and selection processes facilitate the reproduction of elites and elite cultures within City law firms. The research is based upon original research carried out during 2009, consisting of in-depth semistructured interviews, semiotic and content analyses of recruitment materials and websites, and the...
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This chapter seeks to provide a historical background to contemporary studies of entrepreneurial professional service firms (PSFs) by looking back to the development of the nineteenth-and early-to mid-twentieth-century legal profession in England and Wales through a range of key concepts drawn from the sociology of work: professionalism, managerial...
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Globalization has significant implications for the professions, with the societies and the regulators around them changing and the realities of professional work in large organizations taking on increasingly transnational dimensions. However, while there is no lack of empirical studies of the globalization of individual professions and firms, the i...
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Globalization has significant implications for the professions, with the societies and the regulators around them changing and the realities of professional work in large organizations taking on increasingly transnational dimensions. However, while there is no lack of empirical studies of the globalization of individual professions and firms, the i...
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In this article we highlight the effects of heterogeneous institutional contexts on transnational professional service firms, a relatively poorly studied issue. Specifically, we provide empirical analysis of how the specificities of the Italian institutional context affect the activities of English legal professional service firms in Milan. This re...
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This article considers the public concerns on the quality of consulting advice and the costs of failure. It focuses on three main themes that have been prominent in related literature. The first is the question of how far one should define management consulting as a profession or an occupation. The second is about how one should account for weak pr...
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This article explores patterns of professionalization in a number of 'new' knowledge-based occupations: management consultancy, project management and executive headhunters. Against a general assumption in the literature that such occupations are unwilling and/ or incapable to professionalize, this article suggests how a professionalization project...
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In the recent literature on knowledge-based occupations it is frequently noted that some groups, such as management consultants, have been far less successful than others in developing a system of professional regulation and organization. This is generally attributed to the functional characteristics of their knowledge base, which is too elusive, f...
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The ongoing debate on the re-articulation of the relationship between professions, the market and the state, pays increasing attention to the issue of professional identities and how these are reframed through processes such as socialization and training. The UK government’s Modernising Medical Careers programme (MMC), which introduces significant...
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This collection seeks to reconnect two separate streams of work on professional organizations and professional occupations. In particular the articles collected here identify two key themes: (1) the challenges and opportunities that professional organizations pose for established and emerging professionalization projects and (2) the extent to which...
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Increasing interest in quantitative and qualitative empirical legal research has yielded a range of insights into the legal profession and law firms over the past decade. For example, studies of legal education have provided a clearer picture of the role of law schools in the production of lawyers’ identity but also in the unintentional reproductio...
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This article uses the case of the financialization of large law firms to develop debates about the process of the ‘capitalisation of everything’ whereby financial logics spread both geographically between countries and sectorally from one industry to another. Drawing on work that analyses how discourses of shareholder value have led to the re-organ...
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It is now widely accepted that the global law firm has arrived and is a central actor in the global economy. In this paper we seek to unravel the complexities of: (a) the factors driving the presence and absence of global law firms in different cities; and (b) the way that law firms have been reconfigured to operate as spatially integrated organiza...
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In discussions of the globalization of professional service firms there is an increasing recognition that understanding the "social construction" of organizational architectures is essential. In this paper we argue, using the management of transnational law firms as an example, that to effectively understand these social constructions we must reinc...
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The past three decades have been characterized by dramatic labour market developments including the mass entry of women to exclusively male domains. Professional work is particularly indicative of this trend where growth in female membership has fuelled optimistic predictions of shattered glass ceilings and gender equality. This article seeks to ch...
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Are the challenges of globalization, technology and competition exercising a dramatic impact on professional practice while, in the process, compromising traditional notions of professionalism, autonomy and discretion? This article engages with these debates and uses original, qualitative empirical data to highlight the vast areas of continuity tha...
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A predominant interest in globalization often obscures the regional diversity and local flavours of professionalism that characterise our legal world. Our recent research into legal services in the North West partly rectifies this gap in our knowledge, revealing the experiences of solicitors in this region and highlighting a set of local responses...
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This book presents a collection of new research papers offering accounts of three of the most important expert occupations in the Western world today: lawyers, medical doctors and business consultants.1 In this introduction, we suggest that, despite the differences in the organisation of the occupations considered and some differences of analytical...
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Why are expert occupations interesting to study? This book reveals a great deal that is of interest about the current state of three key occupations: lawyers, doctors and management consultants. The conclusions are not always what you might expect. It reveals important differences of fortune between the occupations. While business consultancy is a...
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Why are expert occupations interesting to study? This book reveals a great deal that is of interest about the current state of three key occupations: lawyers, doctors and management consultants. The conclusions are not always what you might expect. It reveals important differences of fortune between the occupations. While business consultancy is a...
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The claim that the legal profession has been experiencing a period of extensive change is a long-established one. Research inspired by a range of theoretical perspectives is agreed on this point (Abel, 1988, 2003; Flood, 1989, 1996, 1999; Lee, 1992; Sommerlad, 1995, 1999; Kritzer, 1999; Sommerlad and Wall, 1999). Whilst the idea of extensive change...
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Abstract In discussions of the globalization of professional service firms there is an increasing recognition that understanding the ‘social construction’ of organizational architectures is essential. In this article we argue, using the management of transnational law firms as an example, that to understand effectively these social constructions we...
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The paper provides a structural analysis of change in the English and Welsh legal profession over the last 25 years, using concepts drawn from Weberian sociology of the professions and more recent theory connecting agency and structure. Through a consideration of data returned to the Law Society, and other data, this paper outlines changes in the i...
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Successful professions have historically relied on the establishment of effective closure regimes. The last 30 years or so have witnessed a gradual erosion of the legal profession's external closure regime, which seems to be associated with the gradual feminization of the legal profession. Women now represent the majority of salaried solicitors; ye...
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This study of change in the legal profession argues that governmental policies, combined with economic recession and supply-side considerations, have led to decline in the legal profession's historical performance, and a defensive strategy which preserves the status and earning power of equity partners. Related responses include a drive towards org...