- 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
(p. v) Acknowledgments
(p. v) Acknowledgments
Looking back over the acknowledgments pages of Oxford Handbooks in this series, a remarkable number of them begin with the same sentence. “The idea for this handbook came initially from David Musson, the Business and Management Editor at Oxford University Press.” David Musson has occupied the role of Commissioning Editor at OUP for so many years now that, for most of us, we cannot imagine a time before him.
From our very first academic conference he has always been there, working quietly away over a strong coffee and a cigarette, engaged in the mysterious task of “commissioning.” Sometimes he can be observed feigning mild interest as he listens courteously and carefully to an eager scholar pitching their improbable proposal for a pet project. On other occasions, it is David himself who is making the pitch, perhaps to a potential Handbook editor who knows the phenomenal amount of work involved in creating such a volume and is reluctant to take on that task. David plays a long game and, like a Canadian Mountie, always gets his man (or woman in my case).
So thank you David for your relentless “encouragement” to take on this task. You were right—this book did need to be written. Thank you for believing that we were the ones to write it.
LE (p. vi)