Shared service centers and professional employability

Seal, William, Rothwell, Andrew and Herbert, Ian (2011) Shared service centers and professional employability. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 241-252. (doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2011.01.001).


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This paper presents case study evidence of evolutionary changes in business support functions resulting in a fundamental hollowing out of the professional space over time and distance, creating the ‘hourglass’ profession. In an IT-enabled, boundaryless world, many professional activities can now be undertaken, in the manner of the Martini slogan, ‘any time, any place, anywhere’.

This paper aims:
low asterisk To investigate the shared service center as an emerging organizational form with the potential to drive fundamental change in the nature and location of professional work.

low asterisk To explore the impact of these changes for individual professional workers, and to highlight the need for a greater focus on individual employability as the driver of an overall career trajectory.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2011.01.001
ISSNs: 0001-8791 (print)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 182581
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Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2011 09:51
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:36

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