Rethinking professionalization: A generative dialogue on CSR practitioners

Luc Brès*, Szilvia Mosonyi, Jean Pascal Gond, Daniel Muzio, Rahul Mitra, Andreas Werr, Christopher Wickert

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Studies of emerging professions are more and more at the crossroad of different fields of research, and field boundaries thus hamper the development of a full-fledged conversation. In an attempt to bridge these boundaries, this article offers a 'generative dialogue' about the redefinition of the professionalization project through the case of corporate social responsibility (CSR) practitioners. We bring together prominent scholars from two distinct academic communities - CSR and the professions - to shed light on some of the unsolved questions and dilemmas around contemporary professionalization through an example of an emerging profession. Key learnings from this dialogue point us toward the rethinking of processes of professionalization, in particular the role of expertise, the unifying force of common normative goals, and collaborative practises between networks of stakeholders. As such, we expand the research agenda for scholars of the professions and of CSR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-264
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Professions and Organization
Issue number2
Early online date8 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • corporate social responsibility(CSR)
  • CSR practitioners
  • emerging professions
  • professionalization


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