Professionals and crafsmen are of great importance for the quality of work and in society. Together they realise good work - meaningful work of high quality. Furthermore, they play a paramount role in the search for for answers to big societal and ecological questions and challenges. Nothwithstanding this importance, professionals and craftsmen are under pressure in many organisations. Systems ... [Show full abstract] and processes aimed at control and efficiency often seem to take priority over organising the work from a professional logic. Cooperation between professionals or craftsmen does not bear fruit in many organisations and a dialogue about good work and what that entails often gets shunted to the bottom of an overfull to-do list.
This inaugural lecture is a plea for a revaluing of craftsmanship, professionalism and good work. This revaluing asks for the right conditions for good work, but starts with professionals and craftsmen themselves.