The Professionalization of Medical Management? The Slow and Chequered Case of UK Health Care

  • Ewan Ferlie


This chapter explores whether clinically based management in health care is likely to undergo a professionalization process, reviewing literature on the US and UK health care fields. Normatively, it is argued that this development would have important advantages. However, the empirical evidence suggests that professionalization processes have produced only slow and mixed results so far. The UK picture appears to be more difficult than the US, with a slow and chequered trajectory.


Professions Professionalisation Clinicians Management Health care 



Thanks are due to Professor Kathleen Montgomery for her helpful comments on an earlier draft.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ewan Ferlie
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  1. 1.King’s Business SchoolKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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