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The Future of Professional Work

Aims & objectives

The purpose of the research was to undertake a comparative study of recent changes in professionalised work in Britain and Germany. The aims of the research were to: (1) investigate how different modes of controlling professional occupations in the two countries have mediated the impact on professional work of changes in technology, regulatory policy, the organisation of public services, competition and the system of education and training; (2) examine the effects of such changes on the market, work and status situation of professional workers; (3) assess the effect of these changes for performance in the knowledge-intensive sectors of the service economy; and (4) to consider the policy implications of the two divergent processes of professionalisation and the scope for mutual learning.

Results & dissemination

The research had three main stages. The first two involved the study of established and aspiring professional groups to build up an overview of professionalised occupations and the changes that they are undergoing. This was followed by a more detailed focus on four professions, lawyers, pharmacists, personnel and development practitioners and counselling psychotherapists by interviews with key personnel in professional associations and with the users of professional services. Stage 3 consisted of a detailed analysis of these four professions focussing on their members’ experiences, perceptions of change, and expectations for the future by means of a postal survey of a sample of members. This was completed in 2003. In 2003 the data analysis was completed and several reports were published, together with a number of related outputs.

Dates of survey: November 2000 to February 2001

Number of responses:

Profession UK Germany
Pharmacists 294 194
Personnel and Development 299 128
Lawyers 189 147
Counselling psychotherapists 317 302

Books

Christel Lane, Frank Wilkinson, Wolfgang. Littek, Ulrich Heisig, Jude Browne, Brendan Burchell, Roy Mankelow Margaret Potton and Roland Tutschner (2004)  The future of professionalised work in Britain and Germany: Pharmacists, (with, et.al.), London, Anglo-German Foundation.

Christel Lane, Frank Wilkinson, Wolfgang. Littek, Ulrich Heisig, Jude Browne, Brendan Burchell, Roy Mankelow Margaret Potton and Roland Tutschner (2004)  The future of professionalised work in Britain and Germany: Counselling Psychologists and Psychotherapists,  (with C. Lane, et.al.), London, Anglo-German Foundation.

Christel Lane, Frank Wilkinson, Wolfgang. Littek, Ulrich Heisig, Jude Browne, Brendan Burchell, Roy Mankelow Margaret Potton and Roland Tutschner (2004)  The future of professionalised work in Britain and Germany: Solicitors and Advocates (with C. Lane, et.al.), London, Anglo-German Foundation.

Christel Lane, Frank Wilkinson, Wolfgang. Littek, Ulrich Heisig, Jude Browne, Brendan Burchell, Roy Mankelow Margaret Potton and Roland Tutschner (2004),  The future of professionalised work in Britain and Germany: Human Resource Managers and Business Consultants, (with C. Lane, et.al.), London, Anglo-German Foundation

Working papers

CBR Working Paper 189, December.

Journal articles

Burchell, B.J. (2003), ‘The emotional reality of financial phobia, Argent, 2: 22-26

Burchell, B.J. (2002) ‘Les Conséquences Psychologiques et Familiales de l’Insécurité Professionnelle’, Les Politiques Sociales 61: 100-115

Lane, C. and Wilkinson, F. (2003) 'Professions and organizations: a cross-national comparison of professional work and identity' submitted for publication to Organization.

Lane, C., Littek, W. and Potton, M. (2002) 'The professions between state and market: a cross-national study of convergence and divergence'. (European Societies)

Other publications

Lane, C., Wilkinson, F., Littek, W., Heisig, U. Browne, J. Burchell, B. Mankelow, R., Potton, M. and Tutschner, R., The Future of Professionaised Work in Britain and Germany. 66 pages, plus Executive Summary. Project final report, submitted to the AGF in July 2002.

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Project leaders

Christel Lane
Frank Wilkinson
Brendan Burchell

Research fellow

Jude Browne

Junior research fellow

Margaret Potton

Research associates

Wolfgang Littek
Ulrich Heisig
Roy Mankelow

Project status

Completed