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Journal of Professions and Organization

Journal of Professions and Organization (JPO) aims to be the premier outlet for research on professional organizations, including their work, management and their broader social and economic role.

Whereas the focus will be on the organizational level, we maintain a broad interest in professionals, the professions, professionalization, professional practice and relevant work-place issues. We are particularly receptive to interdisciplinary perspectives and contributions, with strong interests in all professional organizations, professional service firms (PSFs), and public sector professionals (PSPs). While recognizing the importance of traditional professions, we welcome work on new professions, occupations claiming some professional status, and on knowledge workers more generally.

JPO is a catalyst for top quality scholarly research concerning professionals and their organizations. We aim to connect to a number of important theoretical as well as organizational and managerial developments that are emerging in this field. Current theoretical advances are building on institutional theory, and the sociology of organizations and markets. JPO is a leading venue for these theoretical advances as they apply to professional organizations, PSFs and PSPs. Further, there is a strong emphasis on developments in managerial practices and organizational forms relevant to these contexts. And, importantly, JPO strives for a better understanding of the crucial role of professional organizations and occupations in the wider economic and social order.

A critical objective of JPO is to leverage the network of international scholars in sociology, management, psychology, geography as well as economics and business history in order to advance research in the broader field of expert or knowledge-based work. This broad perspective enables us to bring together scholars from very diverse disciplines to engage in broad debates and foster a multidisciplinary research agenda. This makes JPO unique and puts it at the forefront of the development towards more integrative and multidisciplinary research in this field.

JPO publishes papers of various methodologies and approaches: conceptual, theory building, meta-analytical, and empirical. Recognizing the multi-disciplinary character of this area, submissions may draw on history, geography, political theory, sociology, economics and management thinking. Given the extremely fluid state of the field, we are also keen to consider speculative and thought pieces.

The JPO Editors and Editorial Board are committed to a fast, electronically-managed, editorial process by which all authors will receive constructive and developmental comments on their paper. The Editors aim to provide a first decision within 9 weeks of submission.