- The Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Researching Professional Service Firms: An Introduction and Overview
- Theoretical Perspectives on the Professions
- Dynamics of Regulation of Professional Service Firms: National and Transnational Developments
- Internationalization of Professional Service Firms: Drivers, Forms, and Outcomes
- Organizations and Occupations: Towards Hybrid Professionalism in Professional Service Firms?
- Professional Ethics: Origins, Applications, and Developments
- Sources of Homogeneity and Heterogeneity across Professional Services
- Leadership and Professionals: Multiple Manifestations of Influence in Professional Service Firms
- Governance in Professional Service Firms: From Structural and Cultural to Legal Normative Views
- Strategy and Strategic Alignment in Professional Service Firms
- Service Innovation in Professional Service Firms: A Review and Future Research Directions
- Entrepreneurship and Professional Service Firms
- Marketing and Reputation within Professional Service Firms
- Client Relationships in Professional Service Firms
- Outsourcing and Offshoring of Professional Services
- Interplay of Professional, Bureaucratic, and Entrepreneurial Career Forms in Professional Service Firms
- Teamwork and Collaboration in Professional Service Firms: Evolution, Challenges, and Opportunities
- Professional Service Firms and Identity
- Knowledge and Learning in Professional Service Firms
- Diversity and Inclusion in Professional Service Firms
- Strategic Human Resource Management and Performance Management in Professional Service Firms
Abstract and Keywords
Research on entrepreneurship in professional services is rather limited. The authors argue that one reason why the two fields of professional services and entrepreneurship have operated in isolation rather than in mutual interaction is an inherent contradiction between the very ideas of entrepreneurship and professionalism. The perspective on entrepreneurship for this chapter is rather broad, focusing on new venture management and renewal in Professional Service Firms as well as embracing aspects such as learning, innovation, and institutional change. The chapter reviews previous work on entrepreneurship in professional services from three levels of analysis—the entrepreneurial team, the entrepreneurial firm, and finally the organizational field within which the creation and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities take place.
Markus Reihlen is Vice-President and the Otto Group Professor of Strategic Management at Leuphana University of Lüneburg as well as Associate Fellow at the Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms at the University of Oxford. His research interests are at the crossroads of professional service organizations and research in strategic management, organization theory, and international business. He is the author and co-editor of five books on innovation planning, process management, networks and alliances, internationalization of professional services, and more recently on entrepreneurship in professional services. His academic work has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Management Studies, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Business Research, and the Scandinavian Journal of Management.
Andreas Werr is Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and Head of the Center for People and Organization. His research interests focus on the acquisition, application, and development of knowledge and expert e-work. Andreas has carried out extensive research on the use of management consultants and the management of professional service firms. His work has been published in journals such as Organization Studies, Organizational Change Management, and The MIT Sloan Management Review.
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