Unbundling Professional Expertise

  • Edgar A BurnsEmail author


Professions are no longer the primary containers and controllers of expertise that they once were. Professional expertise is the second of the two bundled claims of historic professionalism (goodness, expertness). Expertise is being unbundled in three ways today. First, at the start of the post-professional transition, professional decision-making was believed to be incompatible with organisational control. We now understand that is not true, or only in certain respects, and managing expertise is key. Second, emerging digital technologies are starting to impact professional work, moving beyond unskilled work. Third, current global unbundling of professional expertise means unreflective assumptions of western professional dominance will be challenged in new ways. These unbundling pressures are shaped by new stakeholders in the production and consumption of professional expertise.


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  1. 1.Waikato UniversityNapierNew Zealand

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